Today's News

  • Bulldogs bite Bobcats

    Turnovers down the stretch led to the unraveling of the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats Saturday afternoon as they gave up a late 51-45 lead to wind up with a 57-53 loss to the Wartburg Lady Bulldogs.

  • MMS splits with Harriman

    The Midway Middle School Green Waves and Harriman Blue Devils finished their season series Saturday by battling to a draw at Midway.

    Harriman opened the evening with a 35-17 victory in the girls game, but Midway got their revenge in the final game of the evening, 47-23.

  • Jackets stung by CAK

    On Saturday night in Knoxville, the Yellow Jackets and Lady Yellow Jackets of Kingston seemed to resemble the East Tennessee weather that caused havoc with high school basketball schedules last week -- cold.

  • Tigers split with Bears

    For more than three periods, the Rockwood Lady Tigers played well enough to beat the District 3-A leading Tellico Plains Lady Bears, but in the end, eight Tellico Plains three-point shots proved too much to overcome as the Lady Tigers lost a 64-60 squeaker Monday evening. 

  • Leaders to decide on Rose, Stout pay hike Tuesday

    Howie Rose and Scott Stout have the support of the Roane County Commission’s budget committee.

    On Jan. 4, its members voted unanimously to recommend a resolution to the full commission asking to return the two Office of Emergency Services employees to their previous pay grades.

    County Executive Ron Woody moved to have their salaries cut by 9 percent after taking office in September. The commission approved his recommendation by an 8-7 vote in October.  

  • The Garden Gate: As in the past, spice traders are still carving out history

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In every country and all the religions of the world, scent has played a large part for many centuries.

    People everywhere respond to scent, and more of history than we may realize has been dependent upon spices, herbs and plants.

    From the days of the earliest civilizations, mankind has known and prized the benefits of those seeds, barks, buds, roots and berries we call spices.

    But until more recent times, there was great difficulty to obtain them because of their exotic sources.

  • Debit card claim option

    Effective Jan. 18, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will begin offering unemployed workers Visa debit cards and direct deposit for receiving their unemployment benefits.

    The options will be offered to newly unemployed workers as they apply for unemployment benefits.  

    Claimants currently receiving benefits can also enroll for debit cards or direct deposit payments online at https://ui.tn.gov. In the future, all claimants will receive their unemployment benefits electronically.

  • Do lasers play part in forensics?

    Madhavi Martin will discuss the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in forensics applications during the upcoming Friends of ORNL monthly luncheon lecture meeting.

    The talk on Jan. 19.  will focus on LIBS that has been used to detect elements for a variety of samples specifically for forensic applications.  

    The meeting in the UT Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, begins with a social time at 11 a.m.

    Lunch is $7 and starts at 11:30, with the lecture from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Snow days almost gone

    Roane County Schools is close to depleting its allotted snow days.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the system had blocked off 11 for the school year. Eight have been used so far.

    Snow and ice blanketed the area last week because of a winter storm and persistent cold temperatures.

    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said crews were out treating roads on Friday because there were still some icy spots around the county.

    “Most of them are in areas that don’t get a lot of sun,” he said.

  • Tax hikes, layoffs pitched for EMS fix

    There was a lot of discussion about the ambulance service during a committee meeting on Thursday.

    A recommendation on what to do about the financial problems will come another day.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett said he wanted the members of the ambulance committee to have time to digest what was said before they make a recommendation.

    “I want different ideas about all things we’ve been told,” Brummett said.