Today's News


    The road Kingston resident Carolyn Bush Roddy started down as a young athlete has been a long one. It has taken her throughout Tennessee, America and the world.

    Saturday night, it took her to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville as one of the Class of 2019 inductees.

    Seeing her Kingston Lady Jackets basketball jersey on display in the Hall of Fame along with a newspaper story from The Roane County News about her induction into the Hiwassee Hall of Fame along with some other exhibits, Roddy summed up her thoughts.

  • How will school vouchers impact Roane County?

    The school voucher bill passed by the Tennessee General Assembly came up during a Roane County Board of Education work session last month.

    “How is this going to affect us?” Chairwoman Nadine Jackson asked.

    “Right now it will not affect us,” Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes responded. “If it expands, there’s a possibility in the future it would.”

  • Man flees deputies on foot

    A wanted man led Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies across the road and over a barbwire fence in a foot chase that resulted in two arrests.

    According to Roane County Sheriff Office reports, on Thursday, June 6, Deputy Sartin was dispatched to Pilot at 1452 Lawnville Road, Kingston, in reference to a check for warrants for an Alex Marshall.

    Marshall was apparently seen driving a 1976 Chevy pick-up truck bearing a registration of 003-DMM which was parked at the pumps.

  • Kingston tax increase an option

    Kingston City Council has been presented with three choices for the 2019-2020 budget.

    Two options include no tax increase. Another option includes a 17-cent tax increase to fund various projects and departments.

    Council will decide which of the three choices to pass when the budget goes up for first reading and a vote at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.

    The council was presented the three options by City Manager David Bolling in a workshop on Tuesday.

  • Seniors bowling big scores weekly


    May 31

    1st High Game - Beverly Zeilman, Judy Martin 444

    2nd High Game Connie Milhollon, Harold Zeilman 457

    3rd High Game - Diane Moore, Rick Alderfer 432

    High Scores Today - Rick Alderfer 205 game

    High Series for today - Beverly Zeilman, Judy Martin 1277

    High Series for May - Barbara Pickering, Harold Zeilman 1361

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 168, Rick Matthews 184

    Seniors bowl every Friday 1 PM at the Oak Ridge Bowling Center. All Seniors 50 and older are welcome.

  • Rockwood grad races in the clouds
  • 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.