Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Warming up to a good book

    Today I will have the pleasure of spending the evening with a book club on River Road.

    I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when they originally asked me to join them for the session.

    I enjoy talking about good books, hearing what everyone else is reading and sharing the ones I love best.

    Recently, I temporarily swapped my copy of Edward Abbey’s classic Desert Solitaire for a friend’s copy of Ferrol Sams’ Run with the Horsemen.

  • Goody, Goody – two new stores

    Goody’s is returning to Rockwood, and will be joined by Tractor Supply Co. to expand the city’s retail base.

    “Tractor Supply Co. should be open late February or March,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts. “They are taking half of the Flea World building.”

    Watts said store officials had looked at the former Kroger complex, but that building is or was tied up in bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Steel plant closing in March

    Dozens of Roane Countians will soon find themselves out of work due to ArcelorMittal’s decision to close its facility in Harriman by March 31.

    The facility’s high cost of production and limits in its steelmaking led to the decision, ArcelorMittal said.  

  • Would-be strangler sentenced

    A man who raped a college student in Putnam County and later tried to strangle her with jumper cables in Roane County will serve 25 years in prison.

    Waford Knight Bryant was sentenced in Putnam County Criminal Court on Monday.

    “We talked to the victim and her family, and everybody was pleased with the resolution,” said Tony Craighead, a prosecutor with the 13th Judicial District.

    Bryant lived in the same apartment complex as the victim in Putnam County.

  • A toast to 4-H, Cherokee Middle School
  • Sewing on the river
  • Tigers pick up district sweep

    It may have been raining cats and dogs outside, but the Rockwood Lady Tigers were making it rain three-pointers on the Greenback Lady Cherokees converting seven total, five by Reanna Henderson, as the Lady Tigers pounced on the Lady 'Kees, 53-25. 

  • Bobcats, Devils fall in Area 4 opening round

    Tuesday's first round of the boys' TMSAA Area 4 AA division tournament provided upsetting results for the two higher seeded teams, Oliver Springs and host Harriman.

  • Kingston falls at Loudon

    Home court makes a lot of difference as far as Kingston and Loudon are concerned. When Kingston hosted Loudon on Jan. 7, the Jackets swept the Redskins, but Tuesday night it was the Redskins that brought out the brooms on their home floor.

  • Kingston splits with Wartburg; Harriman slams Vikings

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets put together perhaps their best performance of the season Monday night in rolling past Wartburg, 74-41. 

    Kingston made quick work of the Lady Bulldogs as they jumped out to a 28-5 lead after eight minutes of play.