Today's News

  • Freezing temps could affect lake weed growth

    Sub-freezing winter temperatures around Watts Bar Lake may help reduce the growth of invasive aquatic plants in the spring.

    “This severe cold period will go a long way toward reducing the re-emergence of some invasive aquatic plant species,” said Tim Joseph, chairman of the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council.

    The Council was formed about a year ago to bring together stakeholders in the Watts Bar Lake area to formulate a strategy to deal with the problems caused by invasive weeds.

  • New tax law may impact county’s collections

    The new tax law may have had an impact on local property tax collections.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the county had received 52 percent of its collections through the end of December. The prior year that number was 43 percent.

    “Part of that may be in reference to the president’s and Congress’ bill,” Woody said. “People may be doing some financial planning and paying some of their taxes a little early. That could be it.”

    The new tax law – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – was passed in December.

  • Blue Devils dominant in win

    By Melissa Coley


    The Sunbright Lady Tigers proved why they are leading the pack in girl’s district 3A basketball as they handily defeated the traveling Lady Blue Devils from Harriman by a final score of 41-18.

    The tenacious Tiger defense dominated the first quarter with five steals and numerous unforced turnovers by the Lady Devils put Sunbright in the lead after one by a score of 13-2. Makenna Brown led the offense with six points and Harriman’s McKenzie Breeden scored the lone basket for the Lady Devils.

  • Tigers stay hot against Kingston

    Coming off Coach K’s momentous 500th win the night before, the Rockwood Tigers stayed hot with a 64-59 win against Kingston Friday night at Roane County High School.

    “We’re an inside out team,” Rockwood Coach Paul Kamikawa said. The Yellow Jackets held a shaky lead throughout the first half of the game, taking a 31-29 lead into halftime.

    The third quarter was a see-saw battle between the teams as the lead was changed five times.

  • Bball season sweeps are in!

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets and Yellow Jackets made the trip to Rockwood on Saturday afternoon to take on the Lady Tigers and Tigers in a make up basketball game.

    The teams are very familiar with each other due to being in county rivals, but what made the game even more unique was the fact that they had played each other less than 24 hours ago on Friday night.

  • Yellow Jackets’ season ends

    The Cherokee Middle Yellow Jackets came to an end Saturday afternoon after losing to Meigs, 41-34, in the first round of the district middle school tournament in Athens.

    A slow start to the game proved to be Cherokee’s undoing.

    The Jackets could only muster four points in the opening quarter and went on to be out scored at halftime by the Tigers, 24-15.

    Cherokee found some life as it regrouped after the break.

    The Jackets were led by Kain Collins who was only in his third game back from a hand injury sustained during football season.

  • Middle School posteason starts

    By Jason Perry and Taylor Crombie


    The Wartburg Bulldogs struggled in the face of adversity Saturday night in the first round of the district tournament against the Oliver Springs Bobcats losing 49-21.

  • Help plant 250,000 trees in Tennessee

    Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 during which 250,000 trees will be planted by 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.

    Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.

    The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.

  • GOING with the FLO: What does it mean to be a good patriot?


    It is evident that most of our country’s problems come from our educational and political arenas.

    Because our history has been rewritten in most of our textbooks, many do not have a hint of what patriotism is, the way our country was founded and established, so how can we raise patriots for the future of our country when the majority have no heroes to follow.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Authorities were warned of jail balcony danger

    Gentle reader, I know not whether it is an old Irish expression, or not, but I remember many a time when my mother, after listening to some loud-mouthed braggart, would utter these four simple words: “Self brag — Half scoundrel.” Some how or another this expression seems to echo in my brain more and more often these days. Wonder Why?