Today's News

  • Nixon to play for Roane State

    Rhea County High School senior Sarah Nixon has signed to play basketball at Roane State Community College.

    Nixon, 6-0, can play any position on the floor. She said she picked Roane State because she enjoyed head coach Monica Boles’ up-tempo style.

  • Cordell signs with Hiwassee College

    When Kingston's Makayla Cordell began playing AAU basketball in seventh grade, she made up her mind that she wanted to play college basketball. 

    Cordell made that dream come true last week when she signed scholarship papers with Hiwassee College in Madisonville.

  • NRA youth hunter education challenge set for June 16

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Crossville City Police Department will be sponsoring the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge on June 16 at Meadow Park Lake in Crossville.

  • Bitter rivals mourn teen together

    Some people live their entire lives without touching others.
    Brady Walls lived just 17 years, but impacted thousands in the Oliver Springs and Coalfield communities.
    Walls, a 17-year-old sophomore football player at Oliver Springs High School, died Monday after an accident in which he fell out of the back of a pickup truck Sunday night in front of Coalfield School.
    Since he died, the pain in community has been palpable.

  • First look at new hospital brings smiles

    Less than a year remains until the new Roane Medical Center in Midtown opens its doors in February 2013.
    Construction has come a long way, and Covenant Health, members of the medical community and local officials and community members gathered Wednesday for a tour of the building and a brief ceremony.
    “We are here to celebrate the progress and the people who have brought us here,” said Tony Spezia, Covenant Health Inc. chief executive officer. Covenant took over the hospital from the city of Harriman several years ago.

  • LAST CHANCE: Mother-daughter look-alikes

    There’s still time to get your photos in for this year’s Roane County News mother-daughter look-alike contests.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards for each contest.
    The winning look-alike mother and daughter will each receive a $50 gift card.
    We also have a similar contest for fathers and sons.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the mother and daughter, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Oliver Springs — where the confident kids are

    I don’t get up to Oliver Springs as much as I should, I decided as I drove through the peaceful countryside, car windows down to take in the honeysuckle-scented air.
    It’s a quirky little place with strong we-take-care-of-our-own values. The residents of any town that is split between the far corners of three counties might feel the same.
    I’d been invited to spend Tuesday evening at Career Day at Oliver Springs Elementary School.

  • Babahatchie going from Mozart to Beale Street in Sunday concert

    Babahatchie Community Band will have the last of its indoor concerts for the season on May 6.

    The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in Harriman High School’s James Williamson Auditorium. Admission is free.

    “The Bay State March” by W.F. Burrell will kick off the concert.

    “If you listen close, you will hear a familiar tune in the march,” promised band member Alison Westrich.

  • Still time to test for nursing program

    Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville still has openings for the last entrance test being given for the day practical nursing program on May 22.

    A $15 fee is payable at the time of registration.

    The computerized test measures math and reading skills.

    Applicants should call the center at 931-484-7502, Ext. 125, to register for the test.

  • School Field Trips Approved: April 2012

    Upcoming out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in April:

    April 28 — Midway Middle Junior Beta Club to attend Lake Winnepesaukah in Rossville, Ga.

    May 4-5 — Dyllis Elementary Accelerated Readers (30-35 students) to attend Bedtime with the Beasts at Knoxville Zoo

    May 14-16 — Dyllis Elementary fifth grade to attend River Ridge Environmental Camp in Ten Mile