Today's News

  • Rockwood falls short in OT

    The Rockwood Tigers took the district Champion Oakdale Eagles into overtime before losing, 78-71, Tuesday night in the Region 2A semi-finals at Roane State.

    Things looked bleak for Rockwood from the beginning.

    By halftime the outlook hadn’t changed as Oakdale took a 40-24 lead into the locker rooms.

    The Tigers came out in the second half and looked to flip the script.

    “This crew has never quit on me, especially the seniors,” Rockwood Coach Paul Kamikawa said. “They didn’t quit tonight.

  • Blue Devils dethroned!

    There won’t be a repeat this year.

    The defending state champion Harriman Blue Devils were shocked Tuesday night in the Region 2A semi-finals at Roane State when the Coalfield Yellow Jackets used a late push to win 70-60.

    “They really killed us on the offensive glass and got some extra possessions there,” Harriman Coach Shay Shannon said. “They got some leakouts that hurt us and we just didn’t shoot the ball very well.”

    Harriman owned a sizeable 17-7 at the end of the first quarter.


    One of Roane County’s finest has put away his holster and badge.

    Bo Smith celebrated on Feb. 23 with loved ones and colleagues who acknowledged his 28 years at the Kingston Police Department.

    “I told you I would give you all I had to give. It has been an honor to work with you guys. It seems like yesterday I just started,” Smith told a roomful of well-wishers on Friday.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam has served with Smith many years. He said everyone has Bo stories to share.

  • Wallet cleaned out on counter

    A Rocky Top Market employee is suspected of emptying cash out of a 69-year-old customer’s wallet.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department report, Cecil Bowlin was at the 101 S. Gateway Ave., location on Feb. 20.

    “After paying for his purchase, Bowlin walked out inadvertently leaving his wallet laying on the counter,” Rockwood Detective Josh Rymer wrote in the report. “Bowlin discovered his wallet missing on this date (Feb. 21) and returned to the business to see if it had been turned in to employees.”

  • Roane officials take concerns about tax law to Capitol Hill

    Roane County officials took their concerns about education funding to Nashville last week.

    “We just tried to explain the impact of some legislation that might have had unintended consequences,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Of concern are state laws that grant sales and use tax exemptions for some businesses. The Roane County Board of Education passed a resolution in January, which said the negative fiscal impact to the school system could exceed $1 million this year.

  • Triangle Park racing against grant deadline

    The Triangle Park Association is in a use it or lose it situation with regard to money for improvements at F.R. Davis Park.

    The association was awarded $6,000 last summer from First Tennessee Bank for the triangle shaped park that inspired its common moniker of Triangle Park.

    Organizer Chrystal Jones hopes the city will help with matching funds so they don’t lose the grant, which she said is to resurface the basketball court.

  • Oak Ridge Airport awaits nod from FAA

    The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to grant approval for the proposed Oak Ridge Airport.

    Backers of the project are still hopeful the agency will. They shared their optimism with the Oak Ridge City Council during a meeting last week.

  • Going with the Flo: We are one nation under God under his divine order


    Leaving the FISA memos chaos in Washington for now to our All-Powerful God, Who can reveal anything covered up, let me clarify: Never was it implied or meant that we should obey man rather than God.

    We obey God-appointed authorities because God instructs us to in His Word. No one is higher than God Almighty!

    We are a nation under God — under His divine order. We answer to Him for our decisions and for those of our country, and so do our leaders.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Got it rough? Try living on meal and parched corn

    Gentle reader, you may recall having seen in the paper a notice of a presentation of a lecture concerning the lost town of Montgomery in Morgan County scheduled for presentation by Michael Nance at the headquarters building for the Obed Wild and Scenic River in downtown Wartburg last Saturday. We are pleased to report that, despite the rainy, overcast weather, there was a fine turnout to hear this interesting presentation, including several Roane Countians, among whom was your humble servant.