Today's News

  • Woody, Watkins finalists for school chief

    Roane County is one step closer to having a new director of schools.

    The Board of Education wrapped up three days of interviews Wednesday night.

    Leah Rice Watkins and Keevin Woody emerged as the two finalists by receiving the highest scores of the nine candidates that interviewed.

    The school board plans to interview Watkins and Woody separately on April 20 starting at 5:30 p.m.

    Following those interviews, the board is expected to vote on which one it wants to be the next director of schools.

  • Barksdale heads to UT Athletics Hall of Fame

    Perhaps the greatest athlete in the history of Roane County will receive a big-time award Saturday.

    Former Harriman High School standout Sharrieffa Barksdale will be inducted into the University of Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame.

    “I’m excited,” Barksdale said. “There are no words to describe how it feels to be among the best of the best to be inducted into the UT Hall of Fame.”

    The Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame is an evolution of the previous Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame.

  • Trash a problem on Pekoma Road

    The decision by the Roane County Commission Monday to abandon a portion of Pekoma Road in Philadelphia doesn’t solve the problem of trash that has been dumped alongside the remote road, Kelly Price said.

    “I want the road closed, but I don’t think it’s my responsibility to clean it up,” the area resident said.

    Price told the Commission that garbage, including old tires, television sets and even a couch, has been piling up along both sides of the road for years.

  • Hickman heads up recreation

    A candidate for Harriman City Council is dropping out of the race with a whole new role for the city in mind.

    Allen Hickman was announced as the new Harriman recreation director at the Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday.

    It’s a good fit, considering why he wanted to run for Council.

    “The main reason I wanted to get elected was to help rec,” said Hickman.

    “I want to do as much as I can. I just want to serve our community, whatever capacity that may be.

  • Order Supreme Court records online

    The Tennessee State Library & Archives recently launched a new online ordering system for Supreme Court cases.

    The new system will allow researchers to request cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans.

    Archivists have recorded the contents for more than 50,000 cases. They will continue this project indefinitely, with more than 10,000 boxes of material in storage.

  • Rockwood tennis teams lose twice at Union County; split matches with Kingston Wednesday at RSCC

    The Rockwood tennis and soccer teams were in action this week, with the tennis teams dropping a pair of matches to Union County Tuesday and splitting a pair of matches Wednesday with Kingston at Roane State, while the soccer team defeated Gatlinburg-Pittman 2-0.


    The Lady Tigers lost their first first match 5-4 to fall to 5-1 overall, while the Tigers lost 5-2 to fall to 1-5 overall.

    Union County 5, Rockwood 2

    Zack Walker (UC) defeated Zach Melton 8-0.

    Nathan Capps (UC) defeated Thackery Porter 8-3.

  • Harriman wins series finale with Tellico Plains Wednesday

    The Harriman Blue Devils baseball team hosted the Tellico Bears in a makeup game Wednesday and posted a 4-2 victory to gain a split in the District 3A series, after losing Tuesday 5-4 at Tellico Plains.

    Joe Pace took the hill for the Blue Devils in the second game of the home-and-home series and retired the side in the top of the first inning.

  • Oliver Springs, Oakdale split District 4A baseball series

    After picking up a big district win at Oakdale Monday night, the Oliver Springs Bobcats hosted the Eagles Tuesday night and but suffered an 8-5 setback.

    Oliver Springs came out of the gate and made a lot of noise early and looked as if they were able to pick up their second victory in as many days, but with their bats did not produce as much as the innings went on.

  • Harriman Middle School defeats Oliver Springs 6-1

    The conditions for baseball were pretty much ideal at the start of the game between the homestanding Harriman Blue Devils and the Oliver Springs Bobcats in middle school teams.

    The Blue Devils picked up a 6-1 victory over the visiting Oliver Springs Bobcats.

    Jack Simpson got the start for the Blue Devils on the hill. Byrson Alcorn got things going for the Bobcats with a one out single to be the first runner for Oliver Springs.

  • Meigs County sweeps Rockwood in Tigers vs. Tigers baseball

    The Rockwood Tigers baseball team were swept by the Meigs County Tigers in District 3A action, losing at the Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex Tuesday and being shut out 4-0 in Decatur in a make-up game Wednesday.

    Meigs County 10, Rockwood 2: Meigs County scored 10 runs in the final two innings to defeat Rockwood the first game of the home-and-home series Tuesday evening.

    Rockwood jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead, allowing Rockwood starter Jimmy Vanosdale held Meigs County scoreless over the first five innings..