Today's News

  • Harriman's Peters picking up D1 offers, Vols staying quiet

    Harriman offensive lineman Treyton Peters’ phone has been steadily ringing in recent weeks.

    The upcoming senior has received nine offers so far, and that list is expect to continue growing as football season gets closer.

    “It’s been real exciting with all the offers coming in and the attention, but it’s also been really tiring having to run to all of these colleges,” Peters said.

  • CAK soccer ends Rockwood’s season

    Prior to their match up with Pigeon Forge, the Rockwood Tigers soccer team was riding a four-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 21-10.

    Pigeon Forge handed the Tigers their first loss since the squad beat the Tigers 6-1 back in April.

    That didn’t end Rockwood’s season, however, but Tuesday’s 9-0 loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville would.

    CAK, winner of six state titles in the last 12 years, got things going early with two goals in the first 20 minutes of the first half.

  • Oliver Springs’ Rachel, Emily Griffith sign to play basketball at Lincoln Memorial University

    Since the start of the 2014-15 basketball season, the talk around the Oliver Springs girls basketball team was where the twin duo of Rachel and Emily Griffith would sign to continue their basketball careers.

    That question was answered on Tuesday when the two officially signed their National Letters of Intent to play at Lincoln Memorial University.

  • Cherokee students have grand day at college

    Cherokee Middle School eighth-graders took over Roane State Community College.

    As part of Roane State’s College Student for a Day program this week, the 168 students were divided into groups and took classes on topics like speech and teamwork, interactive science classes and hands-on EMT and paramedic courses.

    “It is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be,” said Sierra Lay.

    Her favorite part was the chemistry lab.

    “We got to pop balloons with dry ice,” she said.

  • Main drag in Rockwood being paved

    Some notoriously bumpy intersections on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood are becoming a little kinder for motorists.

    Work began this week to repave the main part of the strip, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation officials.

    As with the paving on Kentucky Street in Kingston, the work is being done at night. However, the project will be longer than just a few weeks, with a concluding date around July 31.

    The project includes federal, state and local funds.

  • Rockwood chief retiring after decades of putting out fires

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz, a city firefighter for several decades, is retiring after this week.

    “I hired him when I was mayor the first time,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, whose first term as mayor was in the early 1990s.

    “He’s been an excellent chief,” Miller said. “He’s brought a lot of knowledge to the fire department because he’s what you call a master firefighter.”

    Wertz’s colleagues appreciate him, as well.

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  • Box lunch fundraiser June 15

    Tired of the usual lunch offerings?

    Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2015 is holding a barbecue boxed-lunch fundraiser on Monday, June 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Hosted by Jamestowne Assisted Living at 851 Lawnville Road in Kingston, the food is available for drive-up or delivery.

    Questions? Call or text (865) 293-7680 or email watersmh@roanestate.edu.

    Proceeds will benefit Round About Roane, an elder transportation program from the Mid-East Community Action Agency.

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  • Jousting for more permanent impact


    Tennessee Medieval Faire hopes to draw visitors from across the region this month.

    Organizers of the event, which kicks off Saturday, hope to eventually expand to become a true permanent medieval village.

    “We hope to have at least 2,000 (people) a day,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president, manager and entertainment director of Darkhorse Entertainment LLC.

    Her partner and husband, Lars Paulson, thinks they can do as well as 3,000 to 4,000 people.