Today's News

  • Woody having excellent senior season

    Midway's Jake Woody doesn't consider himself a quarterback.
    But stats say otherwise — the Green Wave senior is putting together one of the finest seasons ever by a quarterback in Roane County.
    Entering Friday's season finale against Unaka, Woody has rushed for 1,660 yards and 20 TDs. The 1,660 yards is the most by a quarterback and third most by any player from Roane County in the past 15 years. It's behind Lynn Haynes' 2,037 yards in 2005 and Ray Robinson's 1,800 yards in 2007.   

  • One playoff spot to be determined tonight

    The final week of the 2016 regular season is here and almost everything is set as far as the race for the TSSAA playoffs are concerned.
    For Roane County teams, only Harriman has secured a postseason berth. The Blue Devils have locked up the No. 4 seed in Region 2-1A, and Travis Tapp’s squad will travel to Region 1-1A champion Cloudland on Nov. 4 for the first round of the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs.
    But before heading to Roan Mountain, the Blue Devils must close out the regular season at Jellico on Friday.

  • Holy Cow! Regular season to end tonight

    Holy Cow! I can't believe Tennessee high school football's regular season ends tonight. Four of the five county teams end the season with region games — Rockwood at Tellico Plains, Harrman at Jellico, Oliver Spriings at Wartburg and Loudon at Kingston, while Midway hosts Unaka.
    The Rockwood at Tellico Plains and Oliver Springs at Wartburg will determine the fourth seed from Region 2-2A.

  • OSMS, Cherokee seeking league crowns

    Two Roane County middle school football teams - Cherokee and Oliver Springs - will wrap up their seasons  in a big way, playing for the TMSAA East Division championships Saturday night at Campbell County High School in Jacksboro.
    OSMS will be playing Oneida in the AA contest at 3 p.m., while the CMS will be tackling Eagleton in the AAA game  in the nightcap at 6.
    Coach Buster Brown's Bobcats defeated Wartburg for the right to play Oneida, which defeated Rockwood in the other semi-final last week.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: What’s fit for the Web? What doesn’t fit?

    By Gene Policinski

    So, consider the internet to be one, big ol’ bucket of free expression — news and information pouring in constantly.

    And then consider what would you want poured into that bucket? What would you keep out?

    If you live in the United States and live under the First Amendment, the immediate answer to “in-out” questions, with few exceptions, is “Whatever I want.”

    Nothing in the 45 words that define our core freedoms provides for limits or gives specific guidance to anybody.

  • TVAA ends season; bowl games scheduled

    The final week of the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association (TVAA) regular season saw everything work itself out through the various tiebreakers and the field has been set for the bowl championships set for this Saturday at Kingston and Midway.
    The three unbeaten teams in the league, the Harriman Hoppers, and the Spring City Crickets and Cutters, held on to their undefeated streaks and will try to go 11-0 Saturday.
    Two teams that finished without a win, the Midway Crickets and Rockwood Hoppers, will get one more chance to pick up a win Saturday.

  • Lady Tigers lose to Greeneville in sectional tournament Saturday

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers soccer team concluded their best season ever after losing 9-1 in the sectional at Greeneville Saturday evening for Coach Don Maples, whose team finished 18-6 overall, including 10-1 in regular season district play and 3-3 in the post-season.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Strong voter turnout bodes well

    For a lot of reasons 2016 is going to be an election that will go down in the record books.

    We might see the first female elected president. We might see a candidate who’s never run for any political office elected president.

    I’m hoping one of the reasons this election year is remembered is that it sets a new record in terms of voter participation.

  • GLIMPSES: Historical perspectives on political parties

    By Mark Banker

    My recent assertion that the emergence of political parties undermined the electoral college undoubtedly affirmed deep misgivings shared by many readers.

    Americans in 2016 disagree about anything and everything – including the electoral college. But one current point of consensus is hostility against two widely unpopular candidates and the political parties that nominated them.

    Historical perspectives on the American two-party system both validate and raise questions about this present mindset.

  • Cherokee Yellow Jackets sting Huntsville Bears to secure championship berth against Eagleton

    Other than the rain, all else was perfect for the Cherokee Yellow Jackets on Thursday night as they defeated the Huntsville Bears 38-0 to earn a berth in the TMSAA East Tennessee AAA State Championship game.
    “First and foremost I want to thank my kids, my coaches, and all our fans for our support throughout the year. I wouldn’t be here without my assistant coaches and the support the parents have provided us,” said Cherokee head coach Brent Kelley.