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Today's News

  • No Blue Bell served in Roane Schools

    Roane County Schools wasn’t impacted by the recalls of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Director of Schools Gary Aytes reports that the system serves Mayfield Ice Cream products.

    “We’ve never served Blue Bell,” Aytes said Thursday.

  • Autistic boy proudly gets last word

    A Midtown youth with speech problems proved how far determination and care can carry a person.

    Hunter King, who was diagnosed with autism as a tot, won a first-place ribbon in the 4-H communication category for fourth grade.

    He had help from his aide, Sally Davis.

    “He really began talking about a year ago. Up until that he used sign language. He began using sign language at the age of 3,” said his mother, Jennifer King.

  • Jesus & Jeeps

    Jeeps 4 Jesus brought its outreach ministry to Harriman last week, holding a preventative car maintenance event at Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    “If it’s free and it can benefit Harriman or Roane County, we’re all about it,” Walnut Hill Pastor Rick McAbee said.

    Jeeps 4 Jesus is a non-profit organization out of Knoxville whose mission is helping others in need.

  • Game goes to United Way

    Local celebrities showed their basketball skills at this year’s Roane County United Way fundraising basketball game.

    “We raised $2,600 but also raised awareness about the Roane County United Way’s mission to mobilize the caring power of the community in support of agencies in the county who provide services to those that need help,” said Dina Jackson, director of the Roane County United Way.

  • Oliver Springs remembers a grand hotel
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: God, the Constitution, the General Assembly

    Gentle reader, although we cannot fully relax, we can all start to contemplate the beginning of the inception of breathing easier, inasmuch as the General Assembly, 2015 session, is winding down and will soon, mercifully, adjourn sine die until next year. We expected them to do little good, and in this they did not disappoint, and we escaped several bad things, even though only by the skin of our teeth, such as the school voucher system, and, by far the most important of all, the “Bible as the Official State Book Law.”

  • Eastbound lanes of I-40 at Kingston, Gallaher down to one lane starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday

    Motorists traveling in Roane County should be aware of lane closures anticipated to take place this week.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation will close one eastbound lane on Interstate 40 at the Exit 352 overpass (Kingston) and the Exit 356 overpass (Gallaher Road) for bridge work.

    Lanes will remain closed until work is completed.

    Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.

  • Harriman softball falls just short of Lady Cats

    The Lady Devils of Harriman took the drive up Harvey H. Hannah Highway to face the Lady Cats of Oliver Springs On Monday, but the Lady Devils would go home with a 3-0 loss.

    Courtney Jones of Oliver Springs continued her phenomenal senior campaign as she recorded 10 strikeouts, only gave up three hits and was able to pull the shut out.

    Harriman couldn’t find their swing in the first inning, only mustering one hit.

    Oliver Springs mirrored Harriman’s results as they too could only get one runner on base.

  • Oliver Springs, Harriman soccer tie on Monday

    There wasn’t a winner on Monday night when the Harriman and Oliver Springs’ soccer teams faced off, but there wasn’t a loser either as the two ended the contest with a 0-0 tie.

    “The boys played good,” Harriman head coach Joe Wampler said. “I’m proud of them. They’ve been talking and they’re doing a lot of passes and drops like they should. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we’re definitely going to end up getting there.”

    Harriman was successful moving the ball early against Oliver Springs, but shots were coming nearly as often for the Blue Devils as the were for the Bobcats.

  • Ellis, Townson follow Blueback Herring for sixth place in National Championship

    Over the weekend, former Roane State Raider and Coalfield native Joe Ellis and his partner Matthew Townson hauled in 42 pounds, 14 ounces to nab sixth place for Tennessee Tech in the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray.

    “I thought we were going to get a top five,” Ellis said. “It just didn’t happen for us.”