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Today's News

  • RCHS teacher jailed for harassment

    John Plemens, a teacher at Roane County High School, was arrested for harassment Wednesday afternoon.

    “He’s been having some altercations with his ex-wife’s boyfriend,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    According to the warrant filed in the case, Kingston Sgt. Roy Montgomery met with the alleged victim, Garvin Clay Morris, at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.

  • School board votes to build one new school

    High school education in Roane County could look vastly different in the future. Thursday night the Board of Education voted to build one new high school for the county.

    None of the county’s current five high schools would remain open under the plan. The new school would serve the Midway, Oliver Springs, Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood districts.

    “There’s no looking back,” Vice Chairman Rob Jago said. “The decision is made. The real winners are our children. They’ve all won.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Rachel (Mrs. J.C.) Parker: Gone but not forgotten

    Gentle reader, Thursday, 16 February, 2017, marked the end of an era as concerns Kingston, and Roane County for that matter, for that was the day that Rachel Parker died.

  • Institute for Energy Research: Pipeline Populism: Complete, Build

    By Robert L. Bradley Jr.

    President Donald Trump is about to give the U.S. economy a power-up. He just approved the long delayed construction of two mega-projects, Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines.

    This means more domestic energy, more economic growth, and more jobs for Americans. But it also means more theatrics from environmental extremists. The new president and his team should hang tough and ignore their doomsday predictions.

  • Lady Jackets go for 4AA crown

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets earned a berth in their first District 4AA Championship since 2003 Friday night with a hard-fought, physical 61-49 victory over Christian Academy of Knoxville in the district tournament semifinals played at Alcoa.
    Kingston played the host Lady Tornadoes Tuesday night. A victory over Alcoa would give the Lady Jackets their first district title since 2001. A win would also give the Lady Jackets a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region 2AA Tournament.

  • Harriman seeks 3A championship

    "We played well defensively. Our offense struggled at times. We kept our composure and knocked down some free throws at the end," said Harriman Coach Shay Shannon, after his Blue Devils defeated Meigs County 76-72 in the District 3A semi-finals Monday night at Tellico Plains.
    Harriman faces Grace Christian Academy (GCA)  for the championship Wednesday at 8 p.m. seeking to avenge two regular season losses to the Rams. GCA defeated Tellico Plains 89-61 in the other semi-final. Meigs County and Tellico Plains square off in the consolation game at 6:30 p.m.

  • Roane State sweeps Chattanooga State

    The Roane State basketball teams swept a pair of games with Chattanooga State Saturday, as the Raiderettes notched a 74-64 victory in overtime and the Raiders defeated CSTCC  83-79.
    Roane State 74, Chattanooga State 64:  Lacy Cantrell recorded a double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds) with two assists and one steal to lead the Raiderettes, while Amberlee Zeller added 12 points and two rebounds, and RaChelle Parks also had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) with one assist and two steals.

  • Wear red and get in free to Roane State’s basketball games against Walters State

    Fans who wear red to Roane State’s Saturday basketball games against rival Walters State will be admitted free.
    The Roane State women play at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.
    “A lot is on the line this Saturday,” Roane State men’s coach and athletic director Randy Nesbit said. “The women’s team is playing for a possible third-place finish in our tough, 10-team conference, and the men are vying for a second-place finish.

  • Tigers’ season ends at Grace Christian

    The Rockwood Tigers made it interesting for the better part of three quarters in Friday’s District 3A Tournament opener at Grace Christian Academy, but in the end the regular season champion Rams won in impressive fashion, 69-31.
    Rockwood never held a lead on Friday, but made the Rams work for their victory.
    Grace Christian scored the first five points of the game and led 11-4 later in the period, but Rockwood freshman Nate Brackett provided a spark off the bench. He would drain a late 3-pointer that closed the gap to 13-9 after eight minutes of play.

  • Blue Devils cage Lions in district opener

    By Michael Lindsay
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Some games, everything just goes right. That was the case Friday night as the Harriman Blue Devils dominated the Concord Christian Lions in the opening round of the District 3A Tournament.
    “It was a great team effort,” said Harriman coach Shay Shannon. “Everybody was rebounding and running the floor.”