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Today's News

  • Caney Creek crossing woes solution may be found in proposed gas tax

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is following the debate in the General Assembly on Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax proposal. The IMPROVE Act – Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy – would increase the tax on gas 7 cents per gallon and on diesel 12 cents per gallon.

  • FROM SAMMY TO AWESOME EAGLE

    Harriman senior Karly Page, a.k.a. Sammy the Blue Devil, will be joining Tennessee Tech's Spirit Team this year and will become the Golden Eagle's Mascot, Awesome Eagle, after signing scholarship papers with the Cookeville school recently.
    "I will miss the bond we all have made," said Page, who has been Sammy for three years. "I practice with the cheerleaders once a week."

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  • TAACS STATE RUNNER-UP

    The Calvary Baptist Crusaders entered the Tennessee Athletic Association of Christian Schools state tournament last weekend at South Haven Christian School in Springfield as the top seed with high expectations of bringing home the gold ball, but finished as the runner-up to Cedar View Christian of Kingsport, losing 57-49 in the championship game.
    The opening rounds of the tournament saw Calvary handle Seymour Christian School 52-8  and Central 67-44 from Memphis with relative ease.

  • Rockwood Parks and Rec. hosting two free events

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation will be hosting two free events Saturday.
    • The first is a free softball camp at the Brillo Miller Sports Complex for ages 6 and up. The first session is for ages 6-10 from 9:30-11 a.m. and the second from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for ages 11 and up.  
    There will be camp shirts for sale. Participants need to bring a glove and a drink.
    For questions, contact Chelsea Rae Cheek at (865) 356-3661  or Baylee Young.

  • Harriman faces Mitchell in Class A state tourney

    The Harriman Blue Devils will be seeking their first Class A State Tournament championship since they won the Class AA title in 1994-95 season under former Coach Richard Pickell when they play Memphis Mitchell March 16 at 6 p.m. CDT.
    Grace Christian (27-8), which lost to Harriman (30-6) in the Region 2A championship game, will face Humboldt (31-1)in the Class A opener Thursday at 1:15 p.m.  Clay County (30-4) faces Loretto (23-8) at 2:45 p.m.
    Those two winners will battle in the first Class A semifinal on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

  • Umpires needed

    The Kingston Optimist Club is looking for responsible high school aged youth who may be interested in umpiring in our baseball and Tee-ball program this spring. The club will pay up to $20 per game for experienced umpires; about half that for new or those with less expedience. New or less experienced umpires will start with our younger aged leagues. Training will be provided.
    This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills that will last a lifetime and make some cash. If interested, contact Matthew Brosovich at (440) 858-7876 or email gladiator3499@gmail.com.

  • RCHS fishing team kicks off season

    Roane County High School held their first fishing tournament of the year March 4 out of Ladd Landing. There was  12 boats from four schools.
    Roane County's Hunter Runyan and Milo Lawson won the tournament with a limit of three fish that weighed 15 pounds, five ounces and tied for big fish with one that weighed five pounds, 10 ounces.
     Gavin Daniels and Colby Nelson came in second with a weight of 11 pounds, nine ounces. Nelson also tied for big fish.
    Others with big fish awards was Riley Brown five pounds, 10 ounces also from Roane County High.

  • State grant for park in jeopardy

    Despite the efforts and good faith of city officials, Gertrude Porter Park in Kingston is not only incomplete, but the city may not receive the state-allocated grant funds to cover any of the work.

    City Manager David Bolling reported to Kingston City Council members Tuesday during its regularly scheduled work session that the situation is “a mess.”

    “We have had a lot of problems with the contractor. There have been weeks and weeks where no one has been [at the park site]. We have also had pretty days where no one is there.

  • SCOUTS HONOR

    Near the Roane and Rhea County line sits a monument at Whites Creek, not far from where Rockwood Boy Scouts and their leader lost their lives in a devastating flood on March 23, 1929.

    Members of Roane County troops gathered together recently to repair the monument, and a rededication is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the monument.

    “We are just trying to do something since this was put up in memory of these individuals,” said Russ Limburg with Troop 101 in Kingston.

    The monument and surrounding area were in need of a little TLC.