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Today's News

  • Happenings on the hill

    The second edition of this column has a lot different feel to it than I would have imagined last week.
    I was pretty sure that the Vol’s would get their offense rolling and we could pull out the victory in the swamp, as we all know that didn’t happen.
    Let’s rewind to last year at the Georgia game. That’s a play all of the Vol fans will remember forever. It’s still the topic of a lot of football conversations.

  • Lady Tigers can’t stop Devils’ onslaught

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The sun was bright, the air was warm but the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils bats were as hot as a cat on a tin roof on a summer day Saturday morning at Flour Mill Flats ballfield.

    Harriman jumped out to an 11-1 lead after two innings before Rockwood settled down and held the Devils scoreless for the remainder of the first game. Rockwood’s Sam Tilley was able to cross the plate in the top of the third giving her team their second run of the game.

  • GLIMPSES: Environmental debates predate us

    By MARK BANKER

    “What a difference a week makes.”

    That’s what our daughter, Tollie, said on Friday Sept. 15. She and Mason teach at Florida’s Hillsborough Community College and live in Riverview, a sprawling suburb on Tampa’s southeast side.

    For nearly 10 days, they watched Hurricane Irma advance and considered with great uncertainty its arrival in central Florida. From East Tennessee, we shared her roller coaster emotional ride as the storm pin balled an erratic course.

  • Thinking about futures on the gridiron
  • Kingston and Loudon square off in ladies’ soccer
  • Rockwood golf tops in district tourney
  • Bobcats’ attack too much for Blue Devils

    By Melissa Coley
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats special teams became the “Wizards of OZ” as they showed up and showed out jumping to a 14-0 lead without running a single offensive play on the way to a 52-14 victory.
    The outsized Blue Devils took the opening kickoff and were pinned deep within their own territory and unable to get anything going, forcing the first punt of the game.  

  • Jackets spoil Tigers’ 8th grade night

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers had their eighth-grade night on Thursday as they played host to the Yellow Jackets of Cherokee Middle School.

    The Tigers got off to a quick start, but the Yellow Jackets responded and never looked back as Cherokee picked up the 36-14 victory.

    Some night players have really great outings and that was the case on Thursday night as Cherokee’s quarterback Kain Collns had himself a night.

  • Bobcats find positives in loss

    By Damichael Cole

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats traveled to Greenback to take on the Greenback Cherokees, one of the top teams in the state.

    Greenback has been dominant this season, allowing 12 or less points in their last three games.

    On Friday night, the Bobcats were able to put an end to that streak, but they were overwhelmed by the Cherokees in a 48-15 loss.

  • Jackets overcome 20-point deficit

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets overcame a 20- point deficit to defeat the Northview Academy Cougars 34-20 Friday night in a district game.

    The Cougars began on Kingston’s 45-yard line.

    After driving down to the two-yard line, Cougar quarterback Justin Howard kept the ball for a two-yard touchdown run making it 7-0 Cougars after the extra point with 8:25 to go.