Today's News

  • Earick and Overstreet want school board seat

    A retiree from Roane County Schools and a former Roane County Board of Education member are under consideration to fill the school board vacancy left by Kim Nelson’s resignation.

    Nelson represented District 5/6 on the board. She gave up her seat after a legal opinion about her holding the school board position and her new role as Roane County Circuit Court Clerk.

    Marjorie Earick, a former schools child nutrition supervisor and school board secretary, expressed her interest in the seat during a Roane County Commission work session on Thursday.

  • Budget in spite of no tax rate

    Roane County Commission will consider approving its budget today, in spite of the fact the county may not have a certified property tax rate after a grueling land reappraisal that’s been contested by a number of residents.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody joked during a Thursday work session that Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham had promised there would be one by today’s meeting.

    “I promised to have the data entered so the state board can calculate the certified tax rate,” corrected Kirkham.

  • Waves downed by Cherokees, 40-14

    A promising first quarter turned into a nightmare for the Midway Green Waves Friday night against Greenback. The Waves jumped out to a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but saw the Cherokees roll off 37 unanswered points in the next three quarters to get a 40-14 win.

  • Alcoa stops Kingston, 49-7


    Vic King and the Kingston Yellow Jackets found out what is already common knowledge -- Alcoa is a pretty good football team.

  • Jolley's 3 TDs leads Tigers past Rams, 23-21

    In what can be best described as a good old-fashioned slugfest, the Rockwood Tigers pounced on the Grace Christian Academy Rams for a 23-21 win Friday night at Civitan Field.
    “It was a great win for us tonight and it puts us right back in the thick of things with the district,” said an ecstatic Rockwood head coach John Webb.
    In what turned out to be a seesaw affair, Grace got the ball first and marched 69 yards in six plays to score on a 55-yard Parker Shelton to Michael McCoy touchdown strike.
    The PAT was good as the Rams held a 7-0 with 9:26 to go in the opening quarter.

  • Bobcats blast Blue Devils, 48-20


    The trip might have been a long one, but it was a good one for the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night as Wiley Brackett's squad blasted Jellico, 48-20.

    For Oliver Springs, Friday's victory was expected, but big nonetheless as the Bobcats are now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 4-A.

  • Blue Devils wallop Tellico Plains, 34-0


    After opening the season with losses in two of their first three games, the Harriman Blue Devils have now won three straight as Travis Tapp's squad traveled to Tellico Plains Friday night and routed the Bears on their homecoming night, 34-0.

  • Collector dishes dirt on joys of antique tractors


    Everyone has their guilty pleasures — simple indulgences that add a little kick to their daily lives.

    For Tony Whalen of Harriman, it’s all about antique tractors.

    Whalen beams when he talks enthusiastically talks about his passion of collecting and restoring antique tractors.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    In just a few days early voting will commence (13 Oct. to 28 Oct.) and you, gentle reader will be confronted by a choice of whom you will vote for to be governor of our beloved state for the next four years, and who will represent you the next two years in both the state House of Representatives and the national House of Representatives.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Life has disappointments, even in good times

    It was my father’s big day, his retirement from a long, successful career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the whole family was there for it.

    The whole family except for me.

    I was working for The Associated Press in Chicago at the time, and Dad’s retirement gala happened to coincide with a critical election in the Windy City. The AP news staff was told that under no circumstances were we to request time off that day, and so I dared not.