Today's News

  • Five from Roane complete regional Leadership program

    Five Roane Countians recently completed the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association training.

    Saundra Bandy, Chris Barton, Michaele Butler, Dina Jackson and Jason Pilant were among those in the largest class in the history of the organization that hales almost 500 alumni from the 16 county East Tennessee region.

    They were among those honored by the Association’s board of directors during a graduation ceremony on Nov. 14 in Knoxville.

    Joan Cronan, inaugural recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award, was the keynote speaker.

  • Free Thanksgiving dinner at Ruby’s

    Ruby’s restaurant in downtown Oliver Springs will be offering free Thanksgiving dinners to anyone who stops by on Thursday between noon and 3 p.m.

    “Thanksgiving is about community,” said Clyde Young, who opened Ruby’s with his wife Joanne and sister Joanne Hackler in March.

    Young said everybody in the community who would like to sit down to a good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner is welcome to eat with friends and members of the community.

  • How to cook your Thanksgiving Turkey

    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Anthony Normile and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Schools next to counter opioids

    The opioid epidemic is so dire that the Roane County Board of Education is looking at establishing a policy to govern the use of Intranasal Naloxone, a nasal spray that can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.

    “We’re not doing it yet, but basically if a student is in danger due to drug use or something that’s life threatening, this would make available something to potentially save a child’s life,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Thompson thrilled to play for Raiders

    By Bob Fowler

    for the Roane County News

    Tyler Thompson has been a fan of Roane State Community College ever since he was a freshman at Roane County High School.

    That’s when Randy Nesbit, head coach of the Roane State Raiders, noticed the gangly teen shooting left-handed as a member of the Yellow Jackets’ basketball team.

    Nesbit coaxed Thompson into trying some right-handed shots, and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • CMS comes up short versus Webb

    By Brittani Barger


    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets lost both games against the Webb Spartans on Thursday night in Kingston.

    Webb 41, Cherokee 23

    The Lady Jackets won the tipoff against the Spartans and got the first point on the board from a free throw by Eliahana Burns.

    Webb would get on the board next with a two point shot.

    The defenses on both teams were strong leading to a lower scoring first half.

  • O.S. and Wartburg meet for middle school b-ball

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats and Lady ’Cats renewed their rivalry with Wartburg Thursday evening and both schools would come away with a win.

    The defending East Tennessee Class AA Sectional champion Lady Bulldogs picked up their win after battling back from an early deficit to knock off the Lady ’Cats, 44-35.

    Oliver Springs picked up some revenge in the nightcap game as they knocked off the Bulldogs, 47-38.

    Girls Game

  • Blue Devils split home opener

    Harriman started their 2017-2018 basketball season Thursday night as the Lady Devils and Devils took on the Lady Dragons and Dragons of Brainerd.

    Brainerd 35, Harriman 39

    The Lady Devils were able to grab a victory by a score of 39-35.

    The Blue Devils were unable to grab a win as they lost by a score of 75-58

    The ladies took the court in the first matchup of the night.

    Things were a little different as Brainerd had a delay with getting to the gym and the contest started about 40 minutes late.

  • Bobcats fall hard to Lenoir City

    By Melissa Coley


    The Bobcats played their second game in three days as they traveled to Lenior City to play the Class AAA Panthers in their second Hall of Fame game on Thursday evening.

    The girls game was a tale of two halves as Oliver Springs jumped out to a 9-1 lead and won the first half but a tenacious three-point game turned the game around and Lenior City won the second half and the game by a score of 50-33.

  • Heroics propel Tigers to upset

    The Rockwood Tigers upset the 2A No. 1 Meigs County Tigers Friday night in Decatur, 9-8, with a late touchdown in the third round of the TSSAA 2A Football Playoffs.

    “These kids have done everything I’ve asked them to do for a long, long time,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said. “You know when just when people think it’s over and we’re ready to start putting uniforms up, they come back out with something else.”