Today's News

  • Midway speed burns Oakdale

    By Jack Sims


    The Oakdale Eagles flew down to Midway and got washed away by the Green Wave Friday night.

    At the game’s final buzzer, the Green Wave put a district win in the books with a score of 33-8.

    Speed proved to be a dominant factor in the game for Midway.

    The Green Wave showed this on the opening kickoff return when they returned the ball a little over 70 yards for the first touchdown of the night with just twelve seconds off the clock.

    The other factor in the game was penalties.

  • Devils lose battle with Coalfield

    By Melissa Coley


    Coalfield and Harriman met up in a regional matchup on Friday evening with both teams looking to rebound after losses last week to Stone Memorial and Wartburg respectively.

    After a close first half with the Jackets leading 14-7, Coalfield pulled away late in the third quarter and went on to win by a final score of 36-7.

  • Fourth quarter dooms Jackets

    By Ben Briley


    The Kingston Yellow Jackets fell to the Austin-East Roadrunners 34-22 on Friday night in East Knoxville.

    The Jackets played maybe their most productive offensive game so far this season, racking up 341 yards of total offense, 289 of which came on the ground.

    Austin-East came in to this game 0-2 and having yet to score a point this season against Alcoa and Webb.

    Kingston was looking to play fundamental football and stick to their mantra of a run first team.

  • OS rolls through Rockwood

    By Jason Perry


    The Oliver Springs Bobcats beat the Rockwood Tigers, 10-0, in an old-fashioned smashmouth game of football Friday night at Civitan Field in Rockwood.

  • Kingston ponders funding Dogwood Drive work

    The City of Kingston is trying to figure out how to pay for the project to improve Dogwood Drive.

    Council voted in December 2018 to approve a resolution to enter into an agreement with Tennessee Department of Transportation for improvements to Dogwood Drive.

    The $1.6 million project would be paid 50 percent by a state grant and would be completed concurrently with a project to install a light and improve a nearby intersection at North Kentucky Street and I-40.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Budget public hearing one of many steps

    By Ron Woody

    The annual budget is generally adopted in July or August of each year with the fiscal year starting July 1.

    Working on the budget is basically year round, with most of the preparation taking place January through June.

    The budget process is completed when the Roane County Commission adopts the Appropriation and Tax Resolutions.

    Prior to commission’s consideration of the budget, the budget committee must finish their required work.

  • Going With the Flo: We must fight against the rewriting of history

    By Flo Charles

    Many of us are aware that much of our history has been rewritten, thereby poisoning the soul of our nation’s character, so I choose my sources thoughtfully and prayerfully.

    If I’ve made any mistakes after all the research I do, they are not intentional, but human error. My heart’s desire is to write with integrity. Only God knows the motive of anyone’s heart.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s right

    Gentle reader: Despite the fact that the election is still well over a year away, more and more does it dominate much of the news. For instance, as we understand it, the next round of Democratic presidential debates is scheduled for next Thursday, 12 September, on ABC, for which ten of the remaining potential candidates have qualified to participate.

  • TVA seeks advisory group

    TVA is seeking volunteers to serve on a Community Action Group involving the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    People don’t have to be willing to rubber stamp the agency’s operation to serve.

    Spokesman Scott Brooks said people who think highly of TVA and those who don’t are welcome to apply.

    “It’s not that we want them to be pro or con,” he said. “We just want them to be willing to represent the community in both directions.”

  • United Way warns of scam

    The Roane County United Way wants people to know they will not ask for private information when seeking donations.

    Anyone who asks for personal details such as banking information or Social Security numbers while claiming to be with United Way is a scam.

    The Roane County United Way will never ask for your bank credentials, Social Security number, or any of your online login information.

    The United Way only takes secure donation through PayPal.

    The agency does not award grant money to individuals.