Today's News

  • Kingston man killed in crash

    An elderly Kingston man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash on Sunday, May 6.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, John Michael Drake was traveling west on Smalley Lane in a 2000 Ford F250 pickup truck around 9 p.m.

    The truck left the roadway, struck an embankment and a large tree.

    “Vehicle 1 (the truck) rolled and came to an uncontrolled rest on the vehicle’s right side blocking both lanes of traffic,” the report said.

  • From Roane State to living the dream
  • Emails reveal mayor lost confidence in ex-chief

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best told Harriman City Council members he’d lost confidence in police chief Derek Pacifico a month before Pacifico resigned on April 22.

    In an email dated March 23, Best details his issues with Pacifico.


    Harriman officials this week joined officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others to kick off the cleanup of the Harriman papermill site.

    The papermill was put on the National Priorities List in 2012 and removal and remedial action cleanup activities are starting this week to remove structures at the 30-plus acres. The city hopes to use the property someday for recreational purposes.

    “We are looking forward to having this completed in the next 90 days,” said Scott Miller, remedial project manager for the EPA.

  • Deputy stuck by needle while searching suspect

    An officer with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office sought medical treatment after being pricked with a needle on Monday.

    The needle stick happened when he was searching a suspect.

    “He’s OK,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about Cpl. Kyle Canup.

    According to the report, Canup was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle with a broken taillight on Hwy. 27.

  • Pair in D.C. for Police Week

    Detective Bryan Walker and Corrections Officer Robert Sparkes are representing the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week.

    “National Police Week is where they honor all the fallen officers that have died in the line of duty,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “They do it every year. Officers from around the world come there.”

    Stockton said he sends someone to the event each year.

  • Going with the Flo: Promises being fulfilled, in spite of the opposition

    By Flo Charles

    The legislatures have been making pro-life promises for more than four decades.

    They use pro-life rhetoric to get elected; once elected, they forget to use their elections to save the babies.

    The abortion industry is in it for the money. Sixty million babies are murdered every year.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 3 (final): “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

    As you will recall, gentle reader, we concluded last week’s column, the second segment of our analysis and commentary on Dr. Leah Watkins’ essay published in the News edition of 20 April, under the caption of “New school questions now answered,” discussing the good doctor’s concept of “dose proximity” between the Roane State campus site of the proposed new school and the location of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, some miles as it turns out to be.

  • $68 million request made

    The Roane County Board of Education has sent the funding request for its building program to the Roane County Commission.

    “On behalf of the Roane County School Board, Roane County School System is requesting consideration by the Roane County Commission of the funding component regarding the proposed new construction and re-use plan for existing facilities,” said a May 4 letter that was signed by Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins and Board Chairman Rob Jago.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers


    May 4

    1st High Game------Barbara Pickering, Rick Matthews---477

    2nd High Game-------Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George--443

    3rd High Game -----Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George---506

    High Scores today--------Don George-217. 255 games, 634 series Rick Alderfer-210 game

    High Series today---- Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George-----1355

    High Series For April---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398

    High Averages---------Loretta Carrington—167, Rick Matthews---192