Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Amidst election shambles — signs of hope?

    Well, kind hearts, another election has come and gone, but as they say, the aroma lingers on.

    In much of the state the principal thrust of the election was in the Republican side of the general election ticket as well as in the state and federal Republican Primary elections.

  • Firefighters deal with Gallaher Road car fire pronto

    Kingston Fire Department responded to a car fire on Gallaher Road Tuesday afternoon. They didn’t have far to go — the incident was less than a mile from the city’s Station No. 2.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said the driver was exiting Interstate 40 when he smelled gas fumes.  

    “He was talking to his wife on the phone, and then all of a sudden he said, ‘I got to go. It’s caught on fire,’” Gordon said.

  • Goodbye, Josephine

    A longtime Rockwood columnist for the Roane County News died Tuesday.

    Josephine McKinney, 92, affectionately known as “Miss Josephine” to many, wrote “’Round Rockwood” for the Rockwood Times and later the Roane County News.

    She was a community columnist sharing the goings-on of friends and family, whether it be who came to dinner, who was sick, or who had a new bundle of joy on the way.

  • Lawbreakers in Rockwood may help police buy new computers

    People who are sent to Rockwood City Court could feel a slightly bigger pinch than before.

    Rockwood City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to tack on a $5 “technology” fee at its meeting last month.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the department has computers, tablets and software needs that this would go toward.

    “It is our recommendation we don’t touch it the first year,” said Wright.

    He wants to see the fund build up so the city can use it to upgrade technology as needed.

  • Houston brothers together again – in Bluegrass State

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston no longer live on the same Roane County farm, but they are in the same state.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons has both serving time at facilities in Kentucky.

    Rocky is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland — a low-security institution with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

    Rocky, 53, was found guilty in March of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. He received a nine-year sentence. The Federal Bureau of Prisons list his release date as Nov. 13, 2020.

  • Kingston rezoning passes

    If there were any lingering doubts as to why a full house turned out for the Aug. 12 Kingston City Council meeting, they were dispelled when most of the attendees left, en masse, midway through the agenda.

    That was after council members passed the second reading of an ordinance rezoning a 47-acre parcel off North Kentucky Street, clearing a path for a proposed new Kingston Pointe development featuring a car dealership, big-box store and other retail outlets.

  • Sampson winding down term

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson cares about his city.

    His fellow council members recognized that when they expressed their pleasure in serving with him over the years.

    Sampson, after 10 years on the council, lost re-election last week.

    “We do appreciate his service,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright. “There is no doubt where J.D.’s heart lies.”

    “... and I really do appreciate his colorful commentary over the years ― most of it,” Wright quipped.

  • Harriman starts city manager search process

    Harriman officials kicked off the start of their search for a city manager this week and may have someone on board by October.

    Harriman City Council met in workshop session with Municipal Technical Advisory Service consultant Warren Nevad, who discussed the intent to follow a search process like MTAS did with Kingston.

    Kingston’s search, after the retirement of manager Jim Pinkerton, resulted in the hiring of David Bolling last year.

  • TWRA leasing dove fields


    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2014 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Monday, Sept. 1.

  • Jackets battle Dragons, injuries in final scrimmage


    After a cancellation last Friday, the York Institute Dragons did fulfill their scheduled visit to Kingston for a scrimmage on Tuesday. 

    Kingston was outscored 5-2 in the scrimmage, but Yellow Jacket coach Brian Pankey was encouraged by some phases of his team.