Today's News

  • Midway misses out on upset

    A missed extra point and a 43-yard field goal try that barely went wide left the Midway Green Waves on the short end of a 7-6 decision Friday night against Oneida in a whale of a defensive battle at Midway.

    Both teams had each other scouted out almost perfectly. Midway did cut off the power running game of the Indians, while Oneida shut down Midway’s speed, and cut down the wide runs and also their passing attack.

    Oneida scored on a 40 yard-run from Zack King in the first quarter. Evan Roberts hit the point after to make the score 7-0.

  • Oliver Springs falls at Sweetwater, 41-20

    A team filled with youth showed improvement Friday night, but that wasn’t enough in the end, as Larry Green’s Oliver Springs Bobcats dropped a 41-20 decision in a Region 2-AA contest at Sweetwater.

    “The kids gave great effort tonight,” Green said following the game. “We’re young right now, but we’ll keep fighting, and we’ll keep getting better.”

  • CAK hands Kingston first loss, 35-14

    Kingston and Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) both entered Friday’s Class 3A, Region 2 game unbeaten. Only one could leave that way, and unfortunately for the home Yellow Jackets, it was CAK with a 35-14 victory.

    “We could never really get it going offensively,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said. “Against a team like that, you got to keep their offense off the field. We weren’t able to do that, and we came up short.”

  • Rams topple Tigers in OT, 34-27

    Rockwood’s hopes of winning the Region 2-AA regular season title took a major blow Friday night when the Tigers traveled to Karns and suffered a heartbreaking 37-27 loss to Grace Christian in overtime.

    “Our kids played their hind ends off out there tonight,” Tiger head coach John Webb said after the game.

    Rockwood fans, coaches and players left the field Friday night thinking an injustice had been done. With just over seven minutes remaining in the contest, Rockwood star Isiah Jones scored a touchdown to give the Tigers a 27-13 lead.

  • Fence to go up at Roane Academy

    Omni Visions has agreed to put a perimeter fence around Roane Academy.

    “Apparently, that was the commitment that was made early when this was under consideration, and I felt like we ought to fulfill it,” President and CEO Steve Norris said Friday.

    Omni Visions has a contract with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to house Level 3 male juveniles at Roane Academy, which is in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Harriman on board with consultant

    Harriman voted at a special-called meeting to work with Retail Strategies to provide professional consulting and related services to recruit businesses.

    The City Council approved doing the contract with Retail Strategies if one more community votes to do so. Whether it happens hinges on the votes of Rockwood City Council and Kingston City Council.

  • Alexis makes her big-screen debut

    The image of a Roane County teen beaming in her pageant wear was shown briefly on the big screen at New York’s Times Square last weekend.

    Fifteen-year-old Alexis Alsup’s picture was on the screen Saturday, the same day as the Buddy Walk, an event geared at raising awareness and praising the accomplishments of those with Down Syndrome.

    Alexis said being selected made her feel “magical.”

    Her mother, Karen Alsup, sent Alexis’ picture into a yearly contest of the National Down Syndrome Society.

  • Riverfront Park slated for new playground equipment

    The aging playground equipment at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park will be replaced this fiscal year.

    Harriman City Council voted to allow City Manager Kevin Helms to pursue the issue, and he said he may look at existing bids between companies and local governments.

    “I think it is something we need to do,” Council member Ken Mynatt said.

    “If we’re working with broken equipment down there, then we have the possibility of a child being injured down there and we don’t want that to happen.”

  • New November trial date for Leon Houston

    Leon Houston was arraigned again on Friday on a charge that he used interstate commerce to make a death threat against his former attorney.

    He pleaded not guilty.

    He was scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 29, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted his motion for a continuance, and set the new tentative trial date for Nov. 17.

    Houston was convicted in the case in November 2013 and given a five-year prison sentence.

  • ACT scores up in Roane

    The average ACT score for Roane County students increased from 18.8 in 2014 to 19.0 in 2015. The slight uptick didn’t satisfy Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    “It’s not where we want to be,” he said. “We want to go much higher than that. We’re looking for a better increase next year.”

    Aytes said the type of students taking the test today is different than it was in years past.