Today's News

  • Roane official at inauguration
  • New trial date for meth suspects

    Three people charged in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy had their trial dates rescheduled last week.

    Demetrius Hodges, Alfred Barrett and Justin Redmon were scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 28. U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. rescheduled the trials to Aug. 22 during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    Another co-defendant in the case, Anthony Jones, was scheduled to have a change of plea hearing last week, but it was reset for Feb. 7.

  • Blood drive honors Summitt legacy

    Medic Regional Blood Center is rallying donors to help The Pat Summitt Foundation during a Feb. 1 blood drive at Rockwood Walmart. The blood drive will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    It’s part of Medic’s effort toward funding of organizations engaged in patient care, caregiver support, and Alzheimer’s disease clinical research.

    Former Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt was a blood donor and an advocate for Medic and the community blood supply.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Lawmen held to accountability

    In the past few years I’ve heard a lot of stories about problems in law enforcement. Everything from bad shootings to bad traffic stops, excessive use of force and civil rights violations.

    When such bad behavior happens it usually makes the news, but generally the incidents are by far the exception rather than the rule.

    Another criticism leveled at law enforcement is a lack of accountability when mistakes are made.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: An open letter to We, The People

    Sending an “open letter” to President Trump has been in vogue these days.

    Social activists, business moguls, media chieftains and political leaders all have penned a multitude of them since the November election. Some offer advice, some raise alarms, some offer praise and some just convey insults.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President and curmudgeon allied on education

    Since we have some shocking comments to make, we ought to go ahead and get them out of the way right off the bat, so here goes: President Donald J. Trump and the old curmudgeon see eye-to-eye and stand shoulder-to-shoulder together 100% on one of the issues about which he spoke in his inaugural address.


    A day lasts 24 hours and if you’re looking for Justin O’Toole during that time, it’s a good bet that you will find him at either Midway Middle School or Midway High School.

    The longtime coach is pulling double duty this year as head coach of both the MMS and MHS boys basketball teams.
    His days start as early as 5:15 a.m. and sometimes don’t end till 10 p.m., but O’Toole doesn’t see the long hours as a burden, but rather a blessing.

  • Harriman winning streak stands at 20

    Another county rivalry basketball game is in the books, after Harriman split a pair of games with Kingston Friday night, with the Blue Devils outlasting the Yellow Jackets 74-42 to extend their winning streak to 20 games, while the Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Devils 63-23.
    Harriman 74, Kingston 42: "We controlled the tempo and rebounded well. Kingston is a solid team, and we were fortunate to win," said Blue Devil Coach Shay Shannon.

  • Melton leads Oliver Springs over Coalfield in 4A action

    The Oliver Springs basketball teams split a pair of District 4A games with Coalfield Monday night, as the Bobcats defeated the Yellow Jackets 79-71, while the Lady Bobcats lost 54-53 to the Lady Jackets.
    Oliver Springs 79, Coalfield 71:  Tyler Melton, Jacob Humphreys, Jeremiah Johnson and Keigann White tallied 18. 15. 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Bobcats over the Tigers.
    Parker McKinney., Cameron Osborne and Tyler Keathley led Coalfield with 29, 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Coalfield.

  • Lady ‘Cats finish second in 4AA Tourney

    Oliver Springs’ bid for a fourth straight Area 4AA Tournament championship came up short Monday evening, as Wartburg put together a dominating performance in claiming a 46-16 victory.

    Monday’s contest was expected to be close after the two teams split the regular season series, but Wartburg led from wire-to-wire and took control immediately.