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Today's News

  • Lady 'Cats pummel Jellico, 15-0

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats celebrated their Senior Night with a 15-0 thumping of the Jellico Lady Blue Devils Thursday night in the opening round of the District 4-A Tournament. 

  • Griffin enjoys high speed ride

    By JOHN GRIFFIN

    Special to the News

    I got to experience a ride of a lifetime recently as he took to the track at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

  • Roane State basketball players sign

    Roane State Community College basketball player Brad Reid has signed to play at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and guard Yavario Smith has signed with the University of Central Missouri.

  • On the quilt trail
  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Some things you don't see coming

    You can be plodding along in the routine of life and never see a week like the  past one happen.

    Killer storms swirled all around us, but in Roane County, most of us escaped the worst of the harm.

    Then a blissfully beautiful Saturday unfolded.

    My plans involved hiking at Big South Fork, but I soon expanded my itinerary to include one night of camping.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Some things you don't see coming

    You can be plodding along in the routine of life and never see a week like the  past one happen.

    Killer storms swirled all around us, but in Roane County, most of us escaped the worst of the harm.

    Then a blissfully beautiful Saturday unfolded.

    My plans involved hiking at Big South Fork, but I soon expanded my itinerary to include one night of camping.

  • Love of llamas: Oliver Springs couple rescues gentle creature

    Tall and sensitive, llamas are often used as pack animals.

    But at a secluded farm outside Oliver Springs, the South American mammals have the run of the place.

    Owners George and Pat Brandon’s interest in llamas quickly grew into making their farm a refuge, and Indian Creek Sanctuary was born.

    The couple say there is a lot to admire in the quiet animals.

    “I just like being with them. They are calm,” George said.

  • Got storm damage? Call the property assessor

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham wants to hear from people impacted by the severe weather that moved through the area on April 27.

    She is requesting that property owners with any loss or structural damage to buildings on their property from the storms contact her office at 376-4362.

    The information is necessary to ensure the 2011 appraisal information is correct.

    Kirkham said she was prompted to make the request after hearing reports about property damage while out in the public.

  • Why so many helicopters lately?

    An increase in helicopters in the area isn’t cause for alarm.Some are TVA helicopters doing storm-damage assessments.

    “I’ve confirmed that the helicopters that you have seen have been flying the region to assess storm damage on the TVA transmission system,” said Barbara Martocci, a TVA spokeswoman.

    On Wednesday many people noticed some low-flying helicopters along the waterways of Watts Bar.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: President shows his leadership in action

    Some friends, knowing that we have long regarded Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” as one of the best musicals ever written, kindly gave us a copy of the programme for the current production of this work, appearing through 15 May at the Clarence Brown Theatre.
    As would be expected, the programme lists the cast members, which, if you know the story, must of necessity be unusually large, but, in addition the musicians in the orchestra are also listed.