Today's News

  • An inconvenient truth for most sports fans

    The game of football is officially at a crossroads in regards to player safety.

    Recently, a neuropathologist from Boston University named Dr. Ann McKee revealed that she has examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players. Among those players, she discovered 110 with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopthy, better known as C.T.E. for short.

    According to an article by the New York Times, C.T.E. can cause memory loss, confusion, depression, and dementia.

    These problems can appear years after a player stops playing football.

  • A Devil of a good time at softball camp

    Harriman High School softball coach Chastity Lowery along with past and present members of the Lady Blue Devils spent three evenings this week teaching younger players how to play the game.

    “It’s an opportunity for our girls to give back to the community,” Lowery said. “We want our girls to be role models for the next generation, and it allows girls to see that softball is a sport we love in Harriman.”

    This week’s camp focused on the basics for girls age four through the fifth grade.

  • The Wave crashes Silverdale Seahawks

    By Steven Ardary


    Led by quarterback Jason Taylor, the Midway Green Wave unveiled a new offense in Tuesday night’s scrimmage against the Silverdale Seahawks putting up 42 points on 40 offensive plays and defeating the Seahawks 42-7.

    Taylor started the scoring by connecting with wide receiver Zane Moser on a 58-yard slant pattern. Taylor also showed his quickness, evading much of the pressure from the Silverdale defense.

  • Kingston tunes up for season

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets played host to the Clinton Dragons Tuesday evening in what will be the only scrimmage for Kingston until the Roane County Jamboree more than a week away.

    Because of inclement weather the week before, the scrimmage with Clinton has been the only time Jacket fans have gotten a peek at what to expect from their team this season.

    The scrimmage itself was a fast paced affair with the teams trading off series after series. The starting point changed periodically with an emphasis on game situations.

  • GOING with the FLO: Together, we will make America great again!

    Most of you are unaware of the fact that I was once totally against Donald Trump.

    I guess you could say, “I was a never Trumper” and stood so strong against his election that I resigned a position with the state Republican women’s organization because I felt that I just could not in good conscience support Trump.

    I was looking at his flaws and his seemingly inability to move forward in stability. I concentrated so heavily on his flaws that I could not see anything positive. Isn’t that the way we are?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If Trump has no respect for office, why should we?

    Gentle Reader: Sad to say, I must start this column as I did last week, with the recognition of the death of a lovely lady. I am not sure if Minnie Love was born in Emory Gap, but she was living there from my first memories, and if memory serves aright, she was one of my customers when I became a newspaper delivery boy for the old Knoxville Journal.

  • Bournemouth residents still waiting

    The Roane County Commission has yet to take action on a recommendation to add Bournemouth Drive to the county road list.

    That’s because a resolution calling for such has yet to appear on the Commission agenda.

    “We’re just trying to dot our I’s and cross our T’s before we send this to full commission,” Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said. “We want to have everything right.”

    Bournemouth Drive is a dirt and gravel road. Deep ruts make driving on it a challenge.

  • Devil offense still has some gas left in the tank

    By Melissa Coley


    With less than a month before the bright lights and the big hits made their way onto the football fields of Roane County, the pre-season scrimmages began. Monday evening, the Blue Devils of Harriman High School hosted the Wildcats from Monterey High School out of Putnam County.

    Both teams worked on their offensive and defensive schemes as Harriman showed early signs of a strong running game but struggled inside the red zone.

  • Bobcat defense stays strong against Bears

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats hosted the Tellico Plains Bears Monday evening in O.S.

    Although it was the first scrimmage of the summer, the Bobcat defense was already showing signs of being close to midseason form.

    “I liked our effort and our hustle,” Bobcat Coach Larry Green said, “I saw some positive things.

    “But we have to score when get to the redzone.”

    Oliver Springs allowed only one touchdown and even outscored their own offense.


    A searing letter by Roane County’s top prosecutor hasn’t changed TVA’s stance about the work it did cleaning up the ash spill.

    “TVA committed to leaving the Kingston Ash Spill site as good as or better than before the spill and we met our commitment,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday.