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Today's News

  • White Lightnin’

    Making moonshine is as much part of the Appalachian makeup as grits or country music.

    It’s part of Rich Minnick’s DNA, and he wants to share the tradition’s history with the community.

    Minnick, aka Moonshiner Pappi, learned the moonshine trade from his grandfather.

    “When I was 6 years old I started following my grandfather into the woods wondering what he was doing. For two years I didn’t do nothing but watch them,” said Moonshiner Pappi.

  • Relay for Life survivor dinner Thurs.

    Roane County Relay for Life will have its annual survivor dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rockwood Event Center at 241 W. Rockwood St.

    The dinner is free for cancer survivors and one guest.

    Call Fran Puckett at 804-4482 or Kathy Cole at 354-3587 to register or for details.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Advances foster consequences

    By Mark Banker

    Recent revelations suggest that Britain-based voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica used infor-mation from Facebook in its at-tempt to influence at least 50 million voters in the 2016 presidential election.

    If reports that the Trump campaign paid the firm $6 million for their services are true, special counsel Robert Mueller will, no doubt, consider if this effort aided and abetted alleged Russian meddling in the election.

  • Rockwood can’t hold off onslaught

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Mikayla Heidel opened up a 5-run inning with a double followed with singles by Malachi Armes, Anna Smith, Carlee Kees and Breanna Rich as the high powered Coalfield offense came to life early and never looked back, shutting out the Lady Tigers, 18-0, from Rockwood Monday evening in the first night of a two game series in district play softball.

  • Tigers overcome slow start

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    After a sloppy first half of an inning, Rockwood bounced back to defeat the Coalfield Yellow Jackets by a final score of 18-4.

    Nathan Harvey opened the game by smacking a fastball down the middle to right field and advanced to third as Aston Jones was hit by a pitch and Tyler Keathley walked to load the bases. Jake Kilby’s 2 RBI single scored Harvey and Jones and Keathley scored on a passed ball to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead going to the bottom of the first.

  • Sports and the new school

    I know I’m not from around here originally.

    The end of May will mark one year of me relocating to Tennessee and to Roane County. I can tell you, it was the best decision of my life. I feel like I have lived here forever and I love it.

  • Lady Tigers can’t top Jackets

    By Taylor Crombie

    for the Roane County News

    After getting shut out 18-0 at home Monday night, the Rockwood Lady Tigers traveled to Coalfield on Tuesday for the second game of the series. The Lady Tigers were unable to avoid the sweep, but put up much more of fight in their 6-1 loss to the Lady Jackets.

  • OS teen staying on target

    Shooting a handgun at a small target 75 feet away is a lot more difficult than it looks; it’s also a lot of fun.

    “Since we started the matches we’ve seen a lot of interest from men and women and young people,” said John Miller, General Manager at Frontier Firearms in Kingston.

    Frontier has been hosting indoor matches sponsored by the Glock Shooting Sports Foundation. The Glock Company makes semi-automatic pistols for law enforcement, military and civilian use.

  • SMOOT MAY GET NEW TRIAL

    It took more than four years for the state to get a conviction against Shawn Smoot for murdering his ex-lover. Whether that conviction sticks remains to be seen.

    “This case should be reversed,” Smoot’s attorney, Bob Jolley, told a three-judge panel of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals last week.

  • HERO REMEMBERED

    More than 100 people gathered to remember one of the men who lost their lives in the 1929 flood that devastated the city of Harriman.

    The descendants of Robert “Bob” Underwood came together and dedicated a bench at David Webb Riverfront Park in his honor, remembering the man who drowned while taking his team of mules in an attempt to save his neighbors on March 23, 1929.