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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Free press also comes with responsibilities

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment
    The First Amendment is very clear in its 45 words that it protects a “free press” along with our rights to religious freedom, free speech and the rights to assemble and petition.

  • Agency offers help for distressed mortgages

    By KEN YAGER
    District 12 state senator
    There is hardly anyone in our region who has not been affected by the economic recession in some manner. 
    The last several years have been especially tough for our region as unemployment has been far too high. 
    Unfortunately, one of the most difficult side effects of unemployment is mortgage foreclosure, which is hard on families who are already struggling to keep their heads above water.

  • Largen honored at courthouse gala
  • Lady Tigers roll in opener, 8-1

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers showed that they had a mightier roar than the Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers, using five Katy Cisson goals to take an 8-1 win Monday afternoon in the opening round of the District 3-A/AA Tournament.
    "It was a physical game and our girls fought hard, but we finished well and we'll be moving on as a result," Rockwood head coach Wes Ford said after the game.
    Cisson started the scoring rush for the Lady Tigers, with a booming 25-yard goal on a Carson Evans assist to make the score 1-0.

  • Sandhill crane permits available Wednesday at TWRA offices

    Leftover permits from Saturday’s drawing to participate in Tennessee’s first sandhill crane hunt will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the four regional offices of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
    There are 134 permits available following Saturday’s hand-held permit drawing held at the Birchwood Community Center in north Hamilton County. The remaining permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the four TWRA regional offices beginning at 9 a.m. EDT in Region IV and 8.a.m CDT at the three other regional offices.

  • OSMS comes up short in title game

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats were seeking revenge for a regular season defeat when they traveled to Spring City Thursday for the Clinch Valley Conference AA Championship, but Larry Green’s squad would leave Rhea County disappointed as the Bulldogs claimed their second straight conference title, 30-0.
    “I’m proud of our guys,” Bobcat had coach Larry Green said following the game. “We fought through a lot of adversity this year with a lot of injuries. We’ve got a good football team, but we made too many mistakes to beat a good football team tonight.”

  • Season ends for Kingston in overtime

    When the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets traveled to Oneida during the regular season, the Lady Jackets escaped with a 3-2 overtime victory.
    Monday evening, the Lady Jackets again made the trip to Oneida and again the game went into overtime. But this time Elik Pickell’s squad would see their season come to an end as a Baylee Newport goal in the 94th minute gave the Lady Indians a 1-0 victory in the opening round of the District 4-A/AA Tournament.
    While Monday’s game didn’t produce a lot of goals, there were several good chances throughout the contest.

  • Back-to-back titles for Midway

    The Midway Middle School Green Wave successfully defended their Clinch Valley Conference Class A title with a 56-18 demolition of Sunbright Thursday night at Midway.
    Despite an anxious start to the game, the Green Wave had control throughout the game. Midway led 24-6 at the end of one period of play and 40-6 by halftime.

  • Region's top teacher: Harriman Middle’s Smith says students ‘have to know you care about them’

    Harriman Middle School turned around its seventh-grade language arts scores last year.

    The growth was noticed by the Tennessee Department of Education, with officials planning to visit to see what the school is doing right.

    It is also what likely got assistant principal Leslie Smith, who teaches seventh-grade language arts, recognized as the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools East Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

    “She’s able to motivate kids and motivate adults,” Principal David Stevens said.

  • Dad pleads to slugging son for refusing soda

    Brent I. Litton, the father accused of punching his 6-year-old son in the face for not drinking soda, pleaded guilty to domestic assault in Roane County General Sessions Court on Oct. 7.

    Litton was originally charged with child abuse in the incident that occurred at 123 Willow Springs Road, Ten Mile, on Dec. 30, 2012.

    According to the warrant, Brenda Yates told police everyone was fixing their plates for dinner when Litton’s son said he wanted water because he was sick and couldn’t drink juice or Cokes.