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Today's News

  • Arts Council preps for Roane’s sixth annual open show

    The Arts Council of Roane County will present its sixth annual open show in Rockwood.

    The show will be from Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Rockwood Visitor Center and Museum at 241 Rockwood St.

    Public display hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The Arts Council is committed to promoting art and artists to the community, and this event showcases some of the best art from around the region.

    The show is open to artists in all media. Artists are not required to live in Roane County to participate.

  • GLIMPSES: U.S.-Russia rivalry long standing

    By MARK BANKER

    Whatever one thinks about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, future observers will surely find the matter puzzling.

    As a child of the Cold War, I came of age thinking that Russia was a monstrous nation and our most heinous foe.

    We should be mindful of the long historical background of this latest round of animosities. U.S.-Russian distrust validates William Faulkner’s assertion that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

  • Out to Lunch: Honeymooners dine on Market Square munchies

    This “Out to Lunch” article is about an adventure my wife Carol and I enjoyed at the Market Square and downtown Knoxville.

    Some readers know that Carol and I ran off to Georgia to get married on my 18th birthday and her 17th birthday – Sept. 15.

    We didn’t have any money for a honeymoon.  Every year since then, we have got away for a day or two, to have belated honeymoons.

  • Third time's the charm

    Unemployment rates in Tennessee decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state.

    The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent – the lowest in recorded history.

  • Cherokee clinches district with win

    By Brittani Barger
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets took on the Eagleton Royals on Thursday night and continued their winning streak defeating Eagleton 32-8.

  • Bobcats edged in heartbreaker

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats outperformed Claiborne County Friday night before falling, 12-10, in the last minute of the game in a non-district road game

    “Our guys played their hearts out tonight,” Oliver Springs Coach Larry Green said, “they gave a good enough effort to win a ball game.

    “The defense was outstanding tonight.

    “We outrushed them, out gained them tonight, held them scoreless in the second and third quarter.”

  • Yellow Jackets break Stone

    Behind a strong rushing performance by Bradley Keathley, the Kingston Yellow Jackets ran their record to 5-1 Friday night with a 42-15 victory over Stone Memorial at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

    “We came out tonight and played a physical club in Stone,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said. “I though Coach Watt’s (Stone Memorial head coach Mark Wattenbarger) kids played hard, but we came out established the line of scrimmage and played well.”

  • Tigers wear down Devils for win

    Now, it’s in the record books.

    It was the visiting Rockwood Tigers who came away with a 36-15 win against the Harriman Blue Devils in the 98th meeting of the rivals Thursday night at Wallace Black Field.

    “It’s a huge game,” Tiger Coach John Webb said, “the 98th game in this series.

    “That’s a lot of football between these two schools.

    “It’s big no matter what the records are. There’s a big crowd here and it means a lot to a lot of people.

  • Child toddles across Gateway

    A good Samaritan stopped a wandering 3-year-old girl from getting run over on Sept. 15.

    The tot’s grandmother, Patricia Steelman Brown, was arrested and charged with child neglect.

    According to the police report, the 3-year-old got out of the house while the grandmother was sleeping.

    The incident was investigated by Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich.

  • Sides of Griffin emerge

    Community members have experienced different sides of former Roane County Animal Control Director John Griffin.

    While rescue groups have taken to social media to express their displeasure with Griffin, a former Humane Society member had a different experience.

    “I found John very good to work with,” Freddie Matsinger said. “John and I got into it a couple of times. That is just part of it.”

    She said they worked together well for the most part.