Today's News

  • Harriman hosts six teams at jamboree

    Fans can get a sneak peek of what their favorite football team will look like this season at Friday’s jamboree at Harriman High School.

    “Six high schools will be over here,” Harriman head coach Travis Tapp said. “I hope the fans from each school come out and get a preview of the season and see how hard these kids in Roane County have been working.”  

    Tickets for the jamboree are $6. All five of Roane County’s high schools will be in action, along with Cumberland County.

  • RMS coach sees potential at jamboree

    The rain that had Rockwood Middle School football coach Scott Harvey fretting stayed away for Saturday’s jamboree at Tom Pemberton Stadium.

    “We had great weather,” Harvey said about the event, which featured four of the county’s five middle school teams in action. “No rain, we had parent support, everybody chipped in and did their job, and I think we had a great day.”

    Loudon bested Rockwood 20-6 in the jamboree. Afterward, the JV teams for each school faced off. Loudon came out on top of that contest 14-0.

  • Keylon shared love of tennis

    Stanley Keylon loved tennis and shared that passion with young people.

    The former Roane County High School tennis coach, who coached the women’s team for more than 20 years, passed away last week in a car crash in Rhea County. His legacy is the many he taught to share his treasured pastime.

    “Mr. Keylon, or ‘Coach K,’ as we called him, loved to coach tennis,” said Kayla Wadlington, a former Roane County High School tennis player.

  • RCHS season tix available

    Roane County High School football fans can now purchase this year’s season tickets.

    The 2015 Yellow Jackets football season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting Tammy Taylor at 742-2479.

    Tickets are $40 each for the season.

    Kingston kicks off the year at home against the Harriman High School Blue Devils on Friday, Aug. 21. There are five regular season home games.

  • RCHS wins with new scoreboard
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    Center on Congress

    Congress is approaching adjournment with no serious talks to make mutually acceptable headway on the budget. This is no way to do business.

    The most important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know — it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations, and once in a while nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the budget tells the government what to do and makes it possible to do it. Everything else follows from that.

  • Back-to-school time in Roane County

    Roane County students returned to classes for the 2015-16 school year on Monday.

    “We’re looking forward to a great year,” Kingston Elementary School Principal Sheila Sitzlar said.

    Students in Amanda Burd’s fourth-grade social studies class got to learn about the island, an area of her classroom that includes beach chairs, a faux surf board and orange rug.

    That’s where students get to sit if they do well in class.

  • ‘Worse than we ever imagined’

    State official Jason Mumpower described Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan’s work on the reappraisal as fundamentally flawed earlier this year.

    Mumpower, the chief of staff for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, didn’t have nicer things to say about it Monday, either.

    “I don’t know how I can be more straightforward than to tell you that we found the situation much worse than we ever imagined,” he said.

  • Fisherman drowns at Caney Creek

    A fishing outing turned tragic for a Harriman man Saturday evening. Police said 20-year-old Dustin Branson drowned after jumping off the dock at Caney Creek to retrieve a fishing pole.

    “It apparently fell in the water, and then he went in after it and tried to recover it,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Roane County E-911 received a call about the incident at 9:11 p.m. Help was quickly dispatched to the scene.

  • Aytes makes it clear that this is his last year

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes likes fishing and traveling.

    He should have plenty of time to do that after the 2015-16 school year. Aytes said last week that this is his final year as director.

    “I’m not going to ask for an extension on my contract,” he said.

    Aytes signed a two-year contract when the Board of Education hired him to succeed Toni McGriff in 2012. The two-year extension he got in 2013 ends on June 30, 2016.