Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A few thoughts in anticipation of spring

    Winter is far from gone, but the promise of spring finally is upon us.
    Every year, some of us, somewhere deep inside us, begin to have our doubts that winter will really loosen its grip.
    It takes a warm spell, a few sunny days like we are having this week, to reassure that forlorn part of our soul that the seasons are not stuck in park.
    It takes the Carolina wrens, reddish brown and handsomely speckled, showing up in pairs at the bird feeder and singing with everything they’ve got.

  • New hunting licenses on sale

    The 2011-12 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses go on sale this Friday, Feb. 18.  

    Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional offices, license agents and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.

  • Slow start leads to rare early exit for Lady 'Cats

    For the first time since 2001, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats will not be punching a ticket to region tournament play as their season came to a premature end at the hands of the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night by a 55-47 margin. 

  • RMS advances to semis

    The Rockwood Tigers are almost certain to be challenged sometime this postseason, but that challenge didn't come Wednesday evening as Bryan Powers' squad blasted Pi Beta Phi 39-17 in the quarterfinal round of the TMSAA East Tennessee AA Sectional Tournament being played at Pigeon Forge.

  • Neal to pull double duty at Heidelberg

    Most high school athletes dream of getting the opportunity to play one sport in college. 

  • OSMS blasts New Center on way to semis, 47-30

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady 'Cats played their first game in 18 days Wednesday evening, but Jeanne Armstrong's squad showed no signs of rust as they rolled to a 47-30 victory over New Center in the quarterfinal round of the TMSAA East Tennessee AA Sectional Tournament at Pigeon Forge.

  • God doesn’t make cut at Super Bowl

    In the perennial post-game buzz about Super Bowl ads, the buff body of the new GoDaddy girl (aka Joan Rivers) was a big hit this year. So was the pugnacious pug dog flattening his owner to grab the Doritos. And, of course, who can forget the woman who got smacked in the head with a soft-drink can?

  • Impressions: There’s light you can create in dark times


  • Rockwood glee club melds music, fun

    The pitter-patter of raindrops and wind blew through Rockwood Middle School last Wednesday.
    Nobody left the doors open, and it wasn’t a real storm, but the 30-plus students’ snapping fingers, hands and pounding feet were convincing.
    The school’s glee club, which was formed this fall, isn’t inspired by the hit TV show “Glee,” and members say there isn’t nearly the teenage angst that riddles the lives of the young people portrayed on the show.
    The group is diverse and, from the sound of their combined voices, skilled.

  • Sewer hike meeting set

    It could be months before Roane County finalizes a State Revolving Fund loan to pay for a sewer expansion in Midtown.
    However, the state requirement of a public meeting to inform people about the financial impact and allow input is still scheduled for Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
    The county sewer plant is a few miles up the road from the site of the future hospital.