Today's News

  • Tennessee not part of 1st Blue Bell roll out

    Phase 1 of Blue Bell Creameries planned roll out won’t include Tennessee, so local freezer aisles could continue to remain devoid of the company’s ice cream products.

    “We have limited distribution right now as we only have one facility that is producing ice cream,” company spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said.

    “Because of that, we’re going to re-enter parts of 15 states in five phases.”

  • Green’s run lifts HMS past Midway, 6-0

    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils traveled cross county and came away with a 6-0 win over Midway Middle to open the 2015 football season in Roane County.

    Although their wasn't much scoring in the game, both teams moved the ball up and down the field. Harriman piled up 254 yards total offense while Midway had 183 yards of offense.

    Most of the Blue Devil offense came on the ground with Bradley Frost and Michael Greene accounting for much of the yardage. Greene scored the game's only touchdown with a 55-yard dash early in the second quarter.

  • Roane players shine at jamboree

    The annual Roane County Jamboree gave everyone a little taste of football last Friday night at Harriman’s Wallace Black Field. All five Roane teams participated in the action along with Cumberland County.

    Careful not to show too much of their game plans, all five head coaches played younger players for most of the night.

    Two new head coaches made their debuts Friday when Midway’s Ryen Minton and Oliver Springs’ Larry Green led their teams to the field. Both have been involved with their respective programs for several years.

  • Lady Tigers hope for strong 2015 showing

    Rockwood High School’s Lady Tigers look to follow up last seasons’ district championship with a new season of excellence.

    “We had a great season last season. I think it was just the hard work the girls have been putting in the last few years. We had a very large senior class with lots of talent. They worked hard for four years,” said Coach Wes Ford.

    After losing 10 seniors from last year’s squad, Ford still sees a lot of promise in his younger team, which includes two seniors this year.

  • Football season kicks off Thursday night



    After nine months off, football season returns this week, as all five Roane County high school teams will be in action.

    If opening the season isn’t enough reason to celebrate, Roane County fans are in for an added treat this week as there are a pair of county rivalry games on two different nights.

    Thursday night will see Roane County’s green teams square off when Midway travels to Rockwood.

    Friday night will see two more county teams clash, as Kingston hosts Harriman.

  • Sequoyah worker accuses TVA of age discrimination

    A woman is accusing TVA of age discrimination in a federal lawsuit.

    Deborah S. Payne said she was a radiation protection technician at the agency’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy in November 2012 when a job opening for a site/field performance analyst was posted.

  • State seeking to help area’s Civil War sites

    The Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission are requesting applications for projects to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee.

    The grants are funded through the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Act, established in 2013.

    “This is a valuable source of funding to help conserve time-honored battlefield properties,” Tennessee Historical Commission Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre said.

  • New ‘invisible utility’ serves wastewater customers

    Last year Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas completed the oxidation ditch that was an integral part of meeting a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.

    A year later, other important aspects of the project are now complete.

    “We have a new lab,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The facility opened up last winter, and it’s made for the long haul.

    “This lab will last for the longterm,” Ramsey said. “We feel good about that.”

  • GLIMPSES: A second American Revolution?


    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Commissioner’s DUI dismissed

    Not necessarily everyone who drinks and drives is committing a crime.

    “We can’t prosecute a case where someone is not under the influence,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Under Tennessee law, .08 is the “presumptive level of intoxication” for alcohol.

    Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was below that number when he was arrested for DUI on March 2.