Today's News

  • Tennis Jackets sweep Harriman

    The Harriman and Kingston tennis teams met Monday afternoon at Roane State and the evening was a good one for the Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as both picked up victories over the Blue Devils and Lady Devils.

  • Lady 'Cats share district title after 3-2 win

      An emotional 72-hour stretch for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcat softball team ended with a bit of good news Wednesday evening as Matt Headden’s squad captured a share of the District 4-A regular season title after knocking off Coalfield at Arrowhead Park, 3-2.

  • Aytes appointed new director of schools

    The Roane County Board of Education appointed Gary Aytes as the new director of schools. Aytes and Donald Andrews, superintendent of Randolph County Schools in North Carolina, were the finalists for the job.
    The 10-member board unanimously selected Aytes, Roane County’s elementary education supervisor, during a special-called meeting Thursday evening.
    “It feels great,” Aytes said. “It’s very rewarding to know that people think that you are capable of doing the job.”

  • Local man or N.C. official?

    Although they’ve only known each other for a short time, Donald Andrews and Gary Aytes have developed a mutual respect for one another.
    The educators indicated that appreciation will continue no matter which of the two the Roane County Board of Education picks for the director of schools position.
    The other finalist for the job, John Green, was a no-show for Saturday’s last round of interviews, so the board will decide between Aytes and Andrews at a special-called meeting on Thursday.

  • Student falls from truck, dies

    An Oliver Springs High School football player died Monday morning from injuries sustained in a Sunday fall out of the back of a pickup truck.
    Police say the accident involving 17-year-old Aaron Brady Walls happened at 9:38 p.m. Sunday on the southbound side of Coal Hill Road in front of Coalfield High School in Morgan County.
    Walls was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar.
    Investigating Trooper Matt Chitwood received confirmation Walls died at 10:24 a.m. Monday.

  • Rockwood man charged in bank robbery

    A suspect in the April 25 US Bank robbery was taken into custody Tuesday.
    Justin C. Solock, 24, Rockwood, is facing a federal charge for bank robbery.
    “He was originally arrested on some outstanding warrants; then during the ongoing investigation he became a suspect (and was) later charged with robbery of US Bank,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.
    Stinnett said Solock had already been taken into custody last week on outstanding warrants and was later arrested for the robbery.
    Stinnett was pleased an arrest was made quickly.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Here’s proof that we really walk the talk

    I regularly talk to people who have ended up on the wrong side of the law and want to keep the incident out of the newspaper.
    My answer is invariably a polite no-can-do. If the situation is a matter of our usual public record, it all goes in the paper.
    We make no exceptions.
    Employees of this newspaper are held to the same standard  — including me.
    Which brings me to the point of this column. On Saturday night, in a neighboring county, I was charged with DUI.
    I wanted you to hear it from me first.

  • Legal bills footed for Rockwood official

    Rockwood has approved paying the legal fees Vice Mayor Peggy Evans incurred when she retained an attorney to deal with ethics violations lodged against her by building inspector Jim Hines.
    City officials said a check totaling $1,960 was written to Evans on March 26.
    At the April 23 Rockwood City Council meeting, former Rockwood City Councilman Harold Ishman took issue with the payment of the fee — including that Evans voted to pay it to herself.
    He felt it was ethically inappropriate for Evans to vote on something that benefited her.

  • Hurley’s welfare drug-test bill gets legislative approval

    State Rep. Julia Hurley’s drug testing for welfare recipients bill passed the House on Tuesday by a 73-17 vote.
    The bill passed the Senate last month and will now head to the governor.
    The bill was controversial and sparked some heated debate on the House floor Tuesday.
    “Thanks for bringing this bill,” said state Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester.
    “I applaud what you’re doing,” said state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale. “As an airline pilot, I get drug tested every time we turn around.”

  • Harvey-Woody

    Mr. and Mrs. Sam Harvey announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sandra Gail Harvey, to Brad Edward Woody.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 19 in Calvary Baptist Church, Wartburg.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.