Today's News

  • Pair charged with minor solicitation

    A 57-year-old Rockwood man was charged with solicitation of a minor on Saturday, Oct. 14, for allegedly propositioning a 16-year-old male on Gateway Avenue.

    According to the report, the teen was walking home from work when Ricky Gene Lee approached him.

    “Mr. Lee asked him how he was doing, then said he was sexy and he could do better things for him than any girl could,” the report said.

    The teen told Lee to leave him alone, but Lee continued to follow him.

  • Haunts of Harriman headed your way this weekend

    From staff reports

    Ghostly spirits will again haunt the streets of downtown Harriman during the annual Hauntings of Historic Harriman ghost tour.

    The walking tours of historic Cornstalk Heights will be Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.

    Tours will begin daily at 7:30 p.m. and leave in 15-minute intervals from the Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden St.


    From staff reports

    Harriman’s Clean City Initiative is off to a great start.

    Junk is being picked up and overflowing the dumpsters behind Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    City officials clarified requirements for the cleanup before the second week gets underway on Oct. 23.

    Residents need to place the items they wished to be picked up on the curb outside their residence on the Monday of the week of their free pickup.

  • Officials taking train excursion

    Lhoist North America in Crab Orchard and the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum is planning a fall colors train ride for public officials, including Rockwood City Council members.

    The train would leave from Lhoist in Crab Orchard and travel to Rockwood before returning to Crab Orchard. Lhoist is the old Franklin Limestone location.

    “Right now it is county officials and the state representatives and a couple of ones like that,” said Sam Maynor.

  • Jago heads up school board for 2017-18

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rob Jago to serve as its chairman over the next year.

    The board picks a new chairman each September.

    Jago served as vice chairman this past year.

    He succeeds Sam Cox as chairman.

    “I think you’ve done a tremendous job and I think Rob will follow right along with you,” Board Member Hugh Johnson told Cox.

  • CMS title bound by way of air

    By Melissa Coley


    Two big pass plays by Cherokee’s Kain Collins were all the Jackets offense needed to secure a spot in next week’s championship game against Jacksboro that will be played at Campbell County High School on October 28th at 6 P.M.

    “We need all the support we can get next week as we play them (Jacksboro) in their own backyard” says Cherokee head coach Brent Kelley.

  • Rockwood runs all over Wartburg

    By Taylor Crombie


    The Rockwood Tigers ran all over Wartburg in the semifinal round of the playoffs Thursday night to take a 30-0 win and shut out the Bulldogs for the second time this year.

    While the Tigers regularly ended up behind the chains, they were also consistently able to overcome thanks to the speed of Jaiden Hannibal and Dakota Waldo.

  • OSMS comes from behind for win

    The Oliver Springs Middle Bobcats gained a berth in the title game with a 22-20 win against the Oneida Middle Indians at Dr. M. E. Thompson Field Thursday evening.

    “It was as exciting as any I have been part of,” Bobcats Coach Buster Brown said, “It was a total team effort from the coaching staff to every member of our football team.

    “It was a bunch of unselfish kids trying get more points than the other team and that’s exactly what we did.”

  • Cherokees too much for Midway

    By Damichael Cole


    On Friday night, the Midway Green Wave traveled to take on the Greenback Cherokees, who have been on a roll.

    Over the last three weeks, the Midway offense hasn’t been as productive as they were early in the season. While they scored 37 or more in four of their first five games, they haven’t reached those gaudy numbers in the last four weeks.

    That streak continued against the Cherokees.

    The Cherokees defeated the Green Wave 63-14 on their senior night.

  • Bobcats fall in hard fought game

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats met rival Coalfield Friday night at D.J. Brittan Field for the first time in three years and despite losing 41-21, the game was much closer than the score showed.

    After the last Coalfield touchdown in the first half, a 10-yard strike from quarterback Parker McKinney to Drake Miklas that made the score 20-0 the Jackets looked to have the Bobcats on the ropes with 49 second left before halftime.

    Oliver Springs didn’t get that memo.