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Today's News

  • ‘Cats go on road for district game with Greenback

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats will be traveling deep into Loudon County this evening to face the Greenback Cherokees for their first road game and district matchup.

    “This will be our first district game against the number four team in the state,” Bobcat Coach Larry Green said.

    Injuries have been a problem for Oliver Springs so far this season, contributing largely to its 0-3 start on the season.

    An open week two weeks ago gave the Bobcats some time to heal and get those injured players back in the line-up.

  • Cougars walking into a Yellow Jacket nest

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets return home this evening to host the Northview Academy Cougars in a 3A district matchup.

    “We’ve had a good week of practice,” Yellow Jacket Coach Brian Pankey said, “the kids are excited to be playing at home after a three week stretch of away games.

    “It’s also a big district game for us.”

    Kingston is coming off a 49-28 win against the Rockwood Tigers last Friday. The Yellow Jackets showed a balanced attack during the contest with the offense and defense performing well.

  • District play starts for Rockwood

    It will be a battle of jungle predators tonight as the Rockwood Tigers host the Meigs Tigers at Civitan Field in week five football action.

    The game will be the start of Rockwood’s district games, the most important games on the schedule as the outcomes of these games will decide playoff berths and seedings.

    “We’ve had a good week of practice,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said, “that’s important right now, to practice well and try to get better every day.

    “I think we’ve done that in some regards.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: We’re in crisis mode with opioids

    As a business writer who has lived through more economic cycles than I can remember, I’ve often been asked the question “Are we in a recession or a depression?”

    Technically, there hasn’t been a nationwide economic depression since the 1930s. Even still, the answer depends on your perspective.

    “When your neighbor loses his job, that’s a recession. When you lose your job, that’s a depression. “

  • GOING with the FLO: Kudos to the Woodys for raising Ron right

    By FLO CHARLES

    Roane County is gifted with so many leaders of integrity. One office in particular is the County Executive, with Ron Woody being our present County Executive.

    It was my pleasure to attend the Roane County Tea Party and listen to the brilliancy of Ron Woody as information poured from him that he had accumulated throughout his career and the leadership skills he has developed. I couldn’t write them down fast enough.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Al Gore warned us as to what could happen

    As you have no doubt heard, Pauline and Albert Gore, Sr., raised their son, young Albert, Jr., to be a well-behaved young man, and we’re glad they did.

    The faculty and staff of the prep school to which young Al was sent, St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, taught him leadership, and to be self-disciplined, and self-controlled, and we’re glad they did.

    His comrades and compatriots taught young Al the precepts of good sportsmanship, deference and modesty; to be as good a loser as winner, and we’re glad they did.

  • State’s highest court still to rule on judgeship status

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has five years left on an eight-year term that started on Sept. 1, 2014.

    Whether he gets to finish it is still a question mark because the Tennessee Supreme Court has yet to rule on an appeal filed by Tom McFarland, Pemberton’s opponent in the 2014 election.

    At issue is Pemberton’s residency. The law requires candidates to be “a resident of the state for five years and of the circuit or district one year.”

  • COPPING A COOL TREAT
  • State helping Irma victims seeking housing in Tenn.

    The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is waiving all family income and one- year lease restrictions on vacant apartment units in its Low Income Housing Tax Credit program for victims of Hurricane Irma who temporarily relocate to Tennessee.

  • Margrave bridge set to open before Christmas

    Drivers will continue to wait until December before being able to cross over Margrave bridge.

    The bridge on Margrave Street remains closed as work continues to rebuild it.

    “Currently the projected opening date is Dec. 13. There has been a good bit of activity this week,” said Harriman city manager Kevin Helms.

    Workers discovered a problem in the project that has pushed the completion date past the original October deadline.