Today's News

  • Rose of Sharon a nice surprise

    John Johnsen of Rockwood recently noticed a very ornate addition to one of his rose bushes.

    The 92-year-old long-time flowering plant aficionado notified the Roane County News that a singular Rose of Sharon was growing up through one of his vibrant knock-out rosebushes.

    “To me, it was very unusual,” Johnsen said. “I have never seen anything like it before in my life. One day it was not there, the next, there is was,” he added.

  • Rockwood properties looking good

    Rockwood is certainly cleaning up.

    Within the last year, roughly 30 dilapidated homes have been torn down, either through city efforts, or those of homeowners, all of whom are working toward city beautification.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said the issue was one of the campaign platforms on which he ran two years ago.

    “When I was campaigning door-to-door, one thing people told me was that we needed to clean up our town, and that is what we have done.

  • Tuesday’s the deadline for voter registration

    Voters can start heading to the polls later this month to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 election.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway has a list of things people should do before they go. Chief among them is making sure their registration is up to date.

    “If you go in and you get in line, and you’ve changed your address or your name, then you have to fill out another form before you go through to vote,” he said.

  • Sweet life: Pastor presses on for old-timey sorghum

    Matt Edwards is devoted to his role as pastor at South Harriman Baptist Church, but he finds joy in another vocation as well, one with which he is quite familiar.

    Edwards is a fourth generation farmer, now with several acres all his own in Morgan County where he raises cows, chickens, pigs and about a half acre of sweet sorghum cane.

    For the second year he’s trying his hand at pressing and cooking the syrup down into the popular sorghum syrup that old timers used to make.

  • Ellis no longer on committee for roads: Commissioner took job with department

    County Commissioner Randy Ellis has resigned his role as chairman of the Roane County Commission’s road committee.

    Ellis, who began working for the county roads department on Sept. 13, said Friday his resignation from the road committee would be announced at the next County Commission meeting.

    “I’ve submitted my resignation from the Road Committee to the County Commission,” he said. “There is no meeting or official business to be conducted by the road committee between now and then.”

  • From mayor to manager: Harriman’s Mason takes Oliver Springs town post

    Former Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has been chosen as the new town manager for Oliver Springs.

    In a 3-1 vote, the Oliver Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen chose Mason for the job Thursday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.

    “I have a very high opinion of him and his capabilities,” Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe said Friday.

    The position had been vacant since the June 30 resignation of Becky Campbell.

    Cecil Crowe said it had been “a struggle to find someone with the qualities that we really wanted.”

  • Tigers hold hold off Oliver Springs for region win

    By Ed Greif
    Nate Brackett scored on a 2-yard run with 6:57 left in the third quarter to rally the Rockwood Tigers from a 14-13 halftime deficit to post a 21-14 Region 2-2A victory over the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday evening to keep their playoff hopes alive.
    The Tigers led 13-0 after the first quarter, but the Bobcats scored 14 second quarter points for the 1-point halftime lead.

  • Harriman Blue Devils record big region victory

    It was a make or break night for Midway last Friday at Harriman. A Midway win could have thrown Region 2A for a loop as far as the playoff standings were concerned.
    For Harriman it was a game they had to win to stay in the chase for a region title. The Blue Devils already have a loss to Coalfield and another loss would have hurt their chances for the title and maybe even making the playoffs.

  • Kingston Yellow Jackets sting York Dragons 35-15

    Kingston’s Maurice Lane had a huge game Friday night, as the Yellow Jacket senior running back scored four of his team’s five touchdowns in a 35-15 homecoming victory over York Institute.
    “Mo has been banged up this year and has been a little down,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said. “I just told him to do what he’s been blessed to do and that’s run the football. He did that tonight.”
    Lane finished the evening with 95 yards and 2 TDs rushing on only nine carries while adding 47 yards and 2 TDs on two receptions.

  • OSMS blanks Coalfield in season finale

    Jeremiah Taylor rushed for 115 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns, and Landon Galyon tallied 105 yards on six carries with three touchdowns to lead the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats to a 50-0 victory at Coalfield last Tuesday night.
    Taylor scored on runs of 6 and 89 yards, while Galyon scored on runs of 13, 16 and 29 yards.
    Victor Guzman rushed for 25 yards on five carries and scored on a 4-yard run, while Gavin Hill carried 10 times for 79 yards and added a 3-yard TD run.