Today's News

  • Beating the heat to win in fall

    Fall is coming and with the changing of the weather.

    The funny thing about football is that before a team takes the field, there is a very big opponent that has to be beaten.


    I know it sounds cliche to say “beat the heat,” but it’s true. A football team on any level has to beat the heat.

    Ironic that it happens to be a sport set during the cooler and colder months of the year. It’s a big reason why so many big-time collegiate programs and NFL teams play inside.

  • GOING with the FLO: Leaky lessons can be learned from our history


    If we are to survive, we must restore the true vision of faith and freedom where God is sovereign again.

    George Washington said that “the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained. We must restore religious liberties in our land or we can be assured that the smiles of heaven will soon turn to wrath.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We share some memories, but some we don’t

    Sympathetic reader, although she was allotted a full score more than the scriptural three score and ten years, it still seems that four score and ten years was not enough time for us to have the privilege that came with knowing Polly Burnette, for her time was always devoted to serving others and bringing happiness to all those with whom she came into contact.

  • Rockwood man charged with rape

    A Rockwood man allegedly raped a teenager in Evans Heights Tuesday morning.

    Landon Adam Wolfe was arrested and charged with aggravated rape in the incident.

    According to the report, officers with the Rockwood Police Department were dispatched to Wolfe’s apartment at 146 Evans Heights just before 2 a.m. to investigate a rape complaint.

  • The heat is ON
  • ‘Thou shalt not’

    Two Harriman men are accused of trying to use a Bible to sneak drugs to an inmate in the Roane County Jail.

    James Dewey Sampson Jr., 43, and Alvin Dewey Sampson, 38, are each charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

    According to the warrant, Alvin Sampson’s wife, Amanda Sampson, is an inmate at the jail.

  • Rocky Houston’s son in trouble with the law

    A 1992 Ford Ranger registered to federal inmate Rocky Joe Houston was found on the Midway High School football field on Jan. 31, 2016.

    His son, Cody Clyde Houston, is accused of driving the truck onto the field and damaging the turf. Cody, 26, faces a vandalism charge in the incident. The Roane County grand jury indicted him last fall. He was arrested on Monday.

  • Blinker on

    When it comes to fire, a closed door may not seem like much — but it could be what helps someone survive a fire.

    Rockwood Fire Department constructed a display of a door and walls as part of their community education efforts to share the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s campaign of “Close the Door!”

    “It can make a difference between life and death so what they are pushing is to shut your bedroom door at night,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

  • Standoff defendant trial delayed

    A man accused of attempted second-degree murder saw his trial postponed again.

    Jeremy Gambrell was set to be in court on Tuesday, July 25, but the trial was continued.

    “The case has been rescheduled. There was a last minute question about some issues having to do with bullet wounds,” said assistant district attorney Robert Edwards.

    “I can tell you whether wounds are entry wounds or exit wounds has been given some extra attention by experts,” said Edwards.