Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Biggest stories left a big impact

    As the Roane County News wraps up the last issue of the year, it’s an opportunity to reflect on what 2016 has been all about.

    To me it’s been all about moving to a new county, starting a new job at the Roane County News in April and getting to know a new group of great people.

    As I reflect on the new experiences some of the biggest stories of the year also come to mind.

  • Kingston notches two impressive wins

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Kingston basketball teams rolled to two victories in the opening round of the Jim Cordell Christmas Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Harriman Middle School, as the Yellow Jacakets defeated McMinn Central 48-28 and the Lady Jackets prevailed 48-41 over Jackson County.
    Kingston 48, McMinn Central 28: A quick 12-3 start set the pace early for the Jackets. McMinn made a run of their own to cut the Kingston lead to 14-11 at the end of the first quarter. Tyler Thurman poured in eight points in the frame.

  • Harriman extends winning streak to 11 games

    The Harriman basketball teams opened the annual Jim Cordell Christmas Tournament by playing three games Wednesday evening, with the Blue Devils beating Olliver Springs 69-31 and Rhea County 74-57 to extend their winning streak to 11 games, while the Lady Devils lost to region foe Sunbright 35-29.
    Harriman 69, Oliver Springs 31: The Blue Devils took control of the game early and kept things rolling throughout the contest, as the Blue Devils defeated the Bobcats for their first win of the night.

  • Midway is swamped by Sweetwater 77-54

    The boys from “South Of the River,”  the Midway Green Wave, ran into a ferocious pack of Sweetwater Wildcats on day one of the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic, falling by a 77-54 margin on Wednesday afternoon.
    Sweetwater started the game on a 15-3 tear before closing out the first period up 24-10 on the Green Wave. Brett Spurgeon (7 points) led the Wildcats in opening period scoring.

  • Lady Tigers defeat Lookout Valley 49-37

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Rockwood Lady Tigers started out their run in the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic in strong fashion by defeating Lookout Valley 49-37.
    "We grew a little tonight and played through some adversity tonight, as we had a couple of players out with injuries," said Coach Amy Breazeale.
    A balanced attack in the first quarter put the Lady Tigers ahead 17-10 in the end of the frame.
    Lexie Hill, Camryn Evans, Megan Monday and Karlee Bowling each found the scoreboard for Rockwood.

  • Thompson scores season-high 29 points against Oneida

    "We played well defensively tonight. Matt Thompson saved us tonight," said Rockwood Coach Paul Kamikawa after his team defeated the Oneida Indians 56-46 Wednesday evening in the Jim Cordell Christmas Tournament at Harriman Middle School for their second straight victory.
    Thompson led Rockwood with a season-high 29 points with five rebounds. Ryan McCain added seven points with three rebounds, while Nate Brackett chipped in seven points.

  • Cordell Christmas Tournament underway at Harriman High School, Harriman Middle School

    With Christmas over and New Years just a few days away, that means basketball will take center stage, as the annual Jim Cordell Christmas Tournament goes on through Friday at both Harriman High School and Harriman Middle School. Action starts this morning at 10 a.m. at HHS and at 11:30 a.m. at HMS.
    Teams from Harriman, Kingston, Midway, Oliver Springs and Rockwood will join teams from Morgan and surrounding counties in the tournament.
    The OS Lady Bobcats are playing in a tournament in Destin, Fla., while the Midway Lady Waves are playing only one game.

  • Man says trio robbed, beat then left him at boat ramp

    Three people have been charged in an alleged robbery that occurred on Dec. 21.

    The alleged victim, Derrick Harmon, was found at a boat ramp laying on the ground screaming. Multiple objects may have been used to beat him.

    “He thinks there was possibly a ball bat,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bryan Walker said. “There’s also a machete used in it. Possibly a golf club, possibly a hammer, a couple different items used on him.”


    Rick Morrow learned a lesson in civil law the hard way.

    In Tennessee, the statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit is a year from the incident.

    Morrow claims that on Nov. 7, 2015, he was injured when he bit into a McDonald’s hamburger and was stuck by what appeared to be a hypodermic needle.

    His lawsuit against the restaurant, however, wasn’t filed in Roane County Circuit Court until Nov. 17 of this year.

    “We filed, but it was like 10 days late, so we just voluntarily dismissed it,” Morrow said.