Today's News

  • Breathe easier by staying indoors

    As smoke from several wildfires moves across the state, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents there is an increased risk for a range of health effects, particularly for those with existing respiratory problems, pregnant women, the elderly and young children.

    “Area hospitals are already seeing people affected by the smoke, so we urge residents to stay indoors when and where possible, and to do all they can to reduce their exposure to smoke,” said Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Curmudgeon’s perception of election results

    Gentle reader, the quadrennial presidential election is finally over, and barring some catastrophe, Donald J. Trump will take the oath, and enter upon the office of our president come 20 January, 2017.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane ready to help kids in need

    Earlier this week, I described the most recent meeting of the Leadership Roane County Class of 2017.

    The class was focused on social services. I described the organizations and programs that help out seniors in need.

    In addition to the elderly, another important group that often requires assistance are the children of Roane County and families in general.

    The needs of our youngest and most vulnerable can fall through the cracks when parents are not providing the support and guidance their children require.

  • Roane County teams realigned into new districts, regions

    It's official. The TSSAA has determined the 2017-21 regions for football and districts for all other sports; however, appeals can be made during Thursday's Board of Control meeting.
    In Region 1A, Greenback  joins Cloudland, Hancock County and Unaka and replaces Concord Christian which chose to move into Division II with the other private schools. All four teams will qualify for the playoffs.
    Coalfield, Harriman, Jellico, Midway, Oakdale, Oliver Springs and Sunbright are in Region 2A; however, Jellico is appealing the move.

  • Cherokee Middle School takes two games from HMS

    The Cherokee Lady Jackets and Jackets middle school basketball teams swept a pair of games from visiting Harriman Monday night in a county match-up, as the Lady Jackets won 30-18 and the Yellow Jackets won 43-28.
    Cherokee 30, HMS 18:  The Lady Jackets used a quick start to pick up the win over the Lady Devils. CMS has been able to put up points in a hurry, which is not always the case in early season games, while the Lady Devils have struggled putting up points in their two games this season. Look for both teams to keep improving as the year progresses.

  • OSMS, LCMS split a pair of contests Monday

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats split a pair of basketball games with the Lenoir City Panthers, with the Lady ‘Cats falling victim in a 38-33 loss; however, the Bobcats extracted revenge in the form of a resounding 49-31 drubbing of the Panthers.
    LCMS 38, OSMS 33: The defeat proved to be a bitter pill to swallow for the OSMS Lady Bobcats, as the lost a 5-point lead in the final period to find themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

  • Spring City beats Rockwood Middle School twice

    The Rockwood Middle School basketball teams made the short trip south on US 27 to Spring City Monday to face the Bulldogs in a pair games, but returned home with two losses. The Lady Tigers were beaten 32-17, while the Tigers lost 31-28.
    Spring City 32, RMS 17: The Lady Tigers trailed 14-2 after one quarter thanks to three 3-point baskets by E. McClure. Alicia Goney had the only basket for RMS.
    The hosts extended the lead to 16-2 at the half.

  • CMS wins two district contests from Sweetwater

    The Cherokee Middle School basketball teams won a pair of district games Thursday evening over Sweetwater last Thursday evening.
    Cherokee 37, Sweetwater 17: Leading scorers for the Lady Jackets were Maliyah Martin, four points; Skyler Brackaett, 14 points; Madison Ferguson, two points; Kirsten Wattenbarger, 6 points; KyAnn Chapman, eight points; Raegan Tjoin, two points; and Reagan Guillermet, three points.

  • Burglary investigation turns up garage items from Oakdale

    Some of the items recovered during a recent Roane County Sheriff’s Office burglary investigation belonged to the town of Oakdale.

    “A lot of their stuff is here,” Detective John Mayes said. “A whole bunch. We’re looking forward to giving them their stuff back.”

    The items were in one of two cargo trailers the sheriff’s office recovered during the burglary investigation.

    Mayes said the property that belonged to Oakdale was stolen from the town garage.