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Today's News

  • Ex-wife tells court Gambrell’s intent was murder/suicide in 2015 shooting

    An estranged husband’s jealousy and rage over learning his wife was with another man quickly turned violent on March 21, 2015.

    A Roane County jury learned this week how the incident unfurled after Jeremy Alexander Gambrell eventually encountered Jenny Gambrell behind the home they once shared, shooting her multiple times.

  • Still time to enter photo contest

    The National Park Service’s deadline for submitting entries for the 2018 Obed Wild and Scenic River photography contest is Aug. 3.

    The park is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the Obed.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather, or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of Obed Wild and Scenic River.

  • Kingston Back-to-School Bash slated Aug. 4

    The Kingston Fire Department will be have its first Back-to-School Bash from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Kingston City Park.

    Children of all ages are invited to the park to climb aboard a fire engine, take photographs and watch water spraying from the fire hose. Sparky the Fire Dog will be in attendance.

    The event offers the opportunity for children and their parents to hear more about fire safety including the proper operation of smoke detectors.

    Free hot dogs will be served and Shipwreck Ice Cream Co. will be selling ice cream.

  • Authorities looking into threat made on Facebook

    The FBI and area law enforcement authorities are looking into social media threats to kill a police officer made by a Morgan County man.

    Robert Ford made threats on Facebook to harm a Morgan, Roane or Cumberland County cop because of injustice he believes he has experienced from the U.S. government.

  • Tennessee State Parks Healthy program applauded

    Tennessee State Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy Person program has been designated as a 2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection by The Center for Jackson Hole in Jackson, Wyo.

    Through the use of the Healthy Parks Healthy Person app, participants can use their mobile device to create a profile and begin earning points and rewards for getting outside and active in any park in Tennes-see.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: What Hath Wade Wrought? How many jobs?

    Gentle reader, before addressing subjects that may well cause your blood to boil, or chill, depending upon your personal inclinations, may we suggest that you take a long look around and see just exactly what you see, for it may well surprise you, inasmuch as ours is a beautiful place, especially at this time of year when the crepe myrtles are in bloom.

    We do not recall a year when these shrubs have put on a showier or more colourful display than they are currently doing.

    So, look and enjoy.

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  • Something to cheer about

    The Kingston Yellow Jacket cheerleaders placed first in rally routine and first in the game day championship at a recent cheer competition at Tennessee Tech.

  • Fun and learning hoops at Roane State
  • Wiffle tournament a success

    The threat of inclement weather and a change of venue didn’t affect the National Wiffle Tournament in Harriman last weekend.

    Accoring to tournament organizer Tim Stewart, it couldn’t have worked out better.

    “It’s difficult to organize any kind of tournament,” Stewart said. “It makes me feel good to see everyone come out and play.

    “It was very rewarding in the end.”

  • Bobcats, testing the waters

    After taking two weeks off for TSSAA’s mandatory dead period, the Oliver Springs Bobcats started gearing up for the 2018 season Tuesday evening by traveling to Wartburg to take on the Bulldogs and Cumberland County in a three-way 7-on-7 passing scrimmage.

    For Bobcat head coach Larry Green, the goal wasn’t necessarily scoring touchdowns, but more toward working on fundamentals needed to succeed this fall.