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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Learning to be a citizen

    Solving problems in our democracy requires bringing different points of view together, talking face-to-face with others who may differ with you, and learning that these differences can exist without personal animosity.

    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “OK, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook.

  • Green announced as new Oliver Springs head coach

    Oliver Springs High School has hired a familiar face to be the new head football coached.

    Now former Oliver Springs Middle School head coach Larry Green was offered and has accepted the position, replacing Wiley Brackett, who resigned last week.

    “I’m excited to get the job,” Green said. “I played for Oliver Springs, coached at Oliver Springs and grew up watching Oliver Springs football with Ronnie Brown and Frank Johnson. I guess it’s a dream come true.”

  • Rockwood tennis defeats Carter, splits Kingston

    The Rockwood boys and girls tennis teams competed in a combined four matches this week, picking up three victories.

    In Wednesday’s match up, both teams picked up victories over Carter, 9-0 and 7-2.

    On the boy’s side, Drake Long would be the only Tiger made to compete for his victory. Long defeated Carter’s Aaron King 8-0, and the rest of the team picked up wins by forfeit.

    The victory improved the Tigers’ squad to 4-1 on the year.

    The Lady Tigers nearly pulled a clean sweep, but dropped two matches to Carter, 7-2.

  • Midway’s Edwards signs with Hiwassee

    For the fourth time this school year, the students of Midway High School made their way to the gym to watch one of their fellow students realize a dream.

    This time, it would be Zach Edwards, who signed to play baseball with Hiwassee College.

    “It’s been a long ride,” Edwards said.

    For the senior from South of the River, Hiwassee was just what he was looking for.

    “It fits me. It’s a Christian school and the baseball program is just how I want it. It was probably Hiwassee all the way.”

  • Midway coaching search continues

    It’s been more than two weeks since Joe Campbell announced his intentions to leave his job with the Midway football team to take over the head coaching duties of Loudon High School.

    Since that time, Midway High School athletic director and principal Scott Mason has been busy trying to find the next head coach.

    “It’s going to have to happen in the next week or so,” Mason said on selecting a new coach. “We’ve already got assistant coaches in place.”

  • Former Coalfield, Oliver Springs athlete Walls memorialized

    On April 30, 2012 the communities of Oliver Springs and Coalfield, for once, put down their arms to comfort each other after the passing of 17-year-old Brady Walls.

    Nearly three years later, the two communities once again came together to honor Walls, by renaming a bridge on the road linking the two towns the Aaron Brady Walls Memorial Bridge.

  • Lots of Seusstastic fun

    Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Oliver Springs, recently had a Seusstastic math and literacy fun night.

    During one of the math sessions students made towers with different math patterns.

    Other fun activities included a book walk (very much like the traditional non-Seussified cake walk) and a “Hop on Pop” trampoline station.

  • Off the Cuff: Scammers still at it; remember, IRS won’t call

    Wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if some of these brilliant folks used their powers for good?

    Our thieving “friends” working the phones overtime are at it again — lying and conniving to cheat hard-working people out of their money by evoking the name “IRS.”

    I can’t stress it enough: Friends, the IRS will never call nor email you about taxes or penalties you may owe.

    If the caller says he or she is with the IRS, it’s a bald-faced lie. Do NOT believe it.

  • Register children for kindergarten, pre-K this week

    Roane County Schools’ registration for kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2015-16 school year is later this week.

    Registration will take place at the elementary schools from 2 to 5:30 p.m. April 16, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 17.

    Parents should register students for the 2015-16 school year at the school in their district.

    Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before Aug. 15; pre-K students must be 4 on or before Aug. 15.

  • Child Find finds youngsters fishing

    Fishing for numbers is a popular activity at last week’s Child Find event at Roane County Park.

    Partaking in the fun, from left, are Elijah Jordan, 3, Kayleina McGaha, 4, Bailey Church, 3, and Hannah Andrews, 12.

    There were a number of other activities at the event, including face painting and a jumpy house.