Today's News

  • New contract for schools director

    A new contract for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins was unanimously approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Thursday.

    “I think she’s done a great job,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said. “She’s been under a lot of pressure, and she’s handled it well.”

    Watkins was an instructional supervisor for the Paris Special School District when she interviewed for the Roane County director of schools job in the spring of 2016. She beat out eight other candidates for the position.

  • Van hits tot

    A 2-year-old boy was struck by a minivan in the parking lot at Meadows Apartments on July 10. The Rockwood Police Department investigated.

    According to the report, 20-year-old Kayla Strader was traveling through the parking lot in a Dodge minivan when the child ran out into her path.

    “The vehicle knocked the child down onto the pavement causing bruising and abrasions to the right side of face and upper right side torso,” the report said.

  • Hear how TVA changed life in East Tennessee

    A free program about how TVA changed the landscape and supported the war effort in East Tennessee will take place this week in Oak Ridge.

    A Manhattan Project National Historical Park ranger will discuss the federal program at 1 p.m. July 21 in the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. For directions, call 865-576-6767.

    The public is welcome to join Manhattan Project National Historical Park to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial.

  • Jobless rate at record low

    From staff reports

    Accelerating job growth across the state is pushing Roane County unemployment to a record low.

    The 3.4 percent rate calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for May marks the lowest recorded unemployment rate in Roane County history, according to officials with the Tennessee Governor’s Office.

    That marks a drop of 2.3 percent from last June’s recorded rate of 5.7 percent. The 3.4 percent rate means there were only 770 people not working in a labor force of 22,800 people.

  • Back to School Bash Tournament scheduled

    The Bria-Shannel Committee will be hosting a special Back to School Bash Golf Tournament at the Rockwood Golf Course July 29.

    The tournament will feature special guest golfer, former Tennessee Volunteer and Canadian Football League player, Coach Jermaine Copeland.

    The tournament will be in four-man best ball (Swat) Format, make sure to bring your team. The participation will be $300 per team

    Registration will be at 8 a.m.and tee time is scheduled for 9 a.m.

  • Sportsmanship always important
  • Competition something to “cheer” about
  • New lease on life for O. S. sophomore

    One year ago, a promising freshman football player at Oliver Springs High School named Lane Lee was poised to make his mark on the gridiron for the Bobcats. Instead, Lee was diagnosed with AML, which stands for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and was forced to sit out the 2016 football season fighting the battle of his life.

  • New direction for Roane State hoops camps


    “If it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it” is a cliche to live by in sports. Most coaches and players are content to keep to a routine and not change.

    For Roane State Lady Raider basketball Coach Monica Boles, this isn’t the case. The long time coach shook things up this summer and started a position focused camp for high schol players.

    This is the first time Boles and her program have attempted something different than the normal camps that focus on fundamentals.

  • GOING with the FLO – Pay attention: Some facts simply cannot be ignored

    By Flo Charles

    I must emphasize these important facts that cannot be ignored. We are seeing the effects of Saul Alinskiy’s “Rules for Radicals” more and more.

    We must pay attention. They pick a target, freeze it, polarize it and continue to attack it over and over.