Today's News

  • Midway alums dull William Blount

    After a late start due to lack of players from the William Blount Governors, the Midway Green Wave rolled to a 34-0 victory in an alumni football game Friday evening at Midway High School Football Field.

    Despite the passage of time since many of the players had last donned a football uniform, the first half was a low scoring affair.

    A fumble from Midway killed its first drive of the game.

    The case of fumbleitis spread to the visitors.

  • Celebrate birth of Christian Church

    Roane County Cooperative Ministries, in partnership with area churches, is sponsoring the first annual Pentecost Celebration, a county-wide birthday party for the Christian Church.  

    All of Roane County is invited to attend the event at Fort Southwest Point Park Pavilion in Kingston from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday June 8.

    “This Pentecost event is described in Acts 2 and took place on a traditional Jewish day of celebration called Pentecost,” John Leitnaker said.



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    Comic stunt juggler Tuey Wilson entertains the crowds with a mixture of daring bravado and comedy at the Tennessee Medieval Faire. This weekend, June 8-9, is the final chance to catch the faire — and Tuey — for the 2019 season. Find out more about the Tennessee Medieval Faire at www.tmfaire.com.

  • Man picks wrong ride for short trip to probation

    An order of protection turned a short trip to the probation office into a longer trip to the Roane County Jail.

    Roane County Deputy Nathaniel Nelson said he was dispatched on May 30 at 10:27 a.m. to Gallaher Road in Kingston on a possible rolling domestic.

    Roane County Central Dispatch advised a maroon Toyota van with the back glass busted out contained a male and female fighting, throwing hands at each other and all over the road.

  • Wading Through the Numbers by Ron Woody: Schools and Jails: Roane County investment in Capital Assets

    Over the last five to eight years, Roane County Commission and School Board have explored various options on the building of two major capital projects.

    These projects are an Education Improvement Plan (consolidated schools) and Phase II of a jail expansion.

    It is of much concern that we have to talk about these projects together, but it seems that Roane County is not in this dilemma alone.

    The overcrowding of jails is happening everywhere with the ever expanding drug problem within our country.

  • Glimpses from a Teacher Historian by Mark Banker: Years in education give Bankers a unique perspective on schools

    Congratulations to my wife Kathy who retired last week from Cherokee Middle School. 

    A combined 80 years in an array of schools and settings nurtured distinctive views on our chosen field.

    Kathy and I met at North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College in 1974. The school’s splendid mountain setting proved an ideal environment for confronting modernity’s challenges.

  • Bethel youth build a pint sized church replica

    Contributed by Bethel Presbyterian Church members

    Bethel Presbyterian Church celebrated their 200th anniversary last June, and leading up the milestone, the children at Bethel were learning about the history of Bethel and the city of Kingston at the time the church was started.

    Sunday school teacher Jan Rybka asked her elementary-aged class what they would like to do to celebrate Bethel’s birthday.

    Ryne Knies, along with Isaac Shelby, had the idea to build a replica of the church out of LEGOs.

  • Volkswagen settlement helps Roane County Schools purchase school bus

    Funds from a Volkswagen settlement will help Roane County Schools purchase a new school bus.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced this month that Roane County and 38 other entities across Tennessee will receive grant funds for school bus replacement projects.

    The nearly $8.9 million in grant funding for the projects is coming from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust, which is an agreement the car company reached for installing defeat devices in vehicles to cheat emissions tests.

  • Free mental health first aid course

    Westcare is offering a free Mental Health First Aid class on June 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 229 Carter Ave. in Harriman.

    On average 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

    The course teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use.

    The 8-hour course will help participants learn unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, importance of early intervention and, most importantly, how to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency.