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Today's News

  • 200 and counting Bethel Presbyterian kicking off bicentennial

    Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston will have an open house on Saturday, Nov. 11, to help kick off the congregation’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

    Guests are invited to enjoy food, fellowship and a slice of Kingston history as might have been experienced by members of the church during the 19th century.

    Starting at 10 a.m., guided tours led by local historians and church members dressed in period clothing will explore the historic church, its buildings, grounds and Bethel Cemetery.

  • City leaders eye a big splash — pad, that is

    Harriman officials are seeking public input on a splash pad at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    The desire for a splash pad is something Mayor Wayne Best heard a lot about while on the campaign trail.

    “When I ran for City Council about three years ago we had a lot of people talking about it, and then when I ran for mayor there were a lot of people talking about it,” said Best.

    He’s said there have been those who want a pool, but the overhead of a pool is expensive.

  • Co-conspirator still not sentenced

    Morgan County businessman Joseph A. Armes II will get to spend the upcoming holidays with his family.

    He was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 30 for conspiracy to defraud the United States, but federal Judge Thomas W. Phillips delayed the sentencing until Jan. 22.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Armes and convicted sex offender Roger A. Beu Jr., of Harriman, ran a tax scheme that defrauded the federal government.

  • Cherokee splits season opener with Sweetwater

    By Brittani Barger

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets took on the Sweetwater Wildcats in the first game of the season Thursday night.

    The Lady Jackets,48-26, while the Yellow Jacke boys lost Wildcats 50-28.

    Cherokee 48, Sweetwater 26

    The Lady Jackets started out slow in the first period, getting their first point off of a free throw by Karli Pettit.

    A layup by the Wildcats put them on the board first, and they led 2-1.

  • 4th quarter woes doom Midway

    The season came to an end for the Midway Green Wave Friday after losing to the Cloudland Highlanders, 50-13, in the first round of the playoffs.

    “We had too many turnovers,” Green Wave Coach Ryen Minton said, “and when things went wrong, we didn’t fight back as hard as they fought us.

    “They out coached us and out played us.”

    Things were close going into the fourth quarter.

  • Oliver Springs bedevils Jellico

    By Dwane Wilder

    dwilder@lafollettepress.com

    Oliver Springs got a huge night from junior running back Mason Hill Friday night at Jellico.

    Hill accounted for five touchdowns during a 42-8 first-round victory in the TSSAA Class 1A state high school football playoffs.

    “Proud of our effort and execution,” said Bobcats coach Larry Green. “Good defensive game plan, good offensive game plan, and good special teams effort. We won the prize. We get to go to (No. 1 seed) Greenback next week.”

  • Tigers put Hampton in doghouse

    By Damichael Cole

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    In sports, some defenses give up yards, but they do enough to not allow as much scoring. These defenses are usually referred to as “bend but don’t break” defenses.

    That was the kind of the defense the Rockwood Tigers played on Friday night while hosting the Hampton Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs.

    The defensive effort and a strong running game led the Tigers to a 45-14 victory over the Bulldogs.

  • Yellow Jackets cruise to win

    After a disappointing end to the regular season, the Kingston Yellow Jackets rebounded in a big way Friday night as Brian Pankey’s squad rolled to a 49-7 victory at West Greene.

    “Our team played a complete game,” Pankey said. “We were able to dominate the line of scrimmage.

    “Usually the team that does that wins the game.”

    Kingston took control of the game on the opening play as Ben Carter’s squib kick rolled around long enough for Jacket senior Peyton Long to fall on the loose ball at the Buffalo 36.

  • Christmas Ideas Fair
  • 2017 Tennessee elk hunts end successfully

    The 2017 Tennessee elk hunts have come to a conclusion with a total of eight elk harvested during the three segments. Participants could hunt on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and surrounding private lands, although none of this year’s hunters chose to hunt on private lands.