Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Alice’s is Roane’s ‘Cheers’: Everybody knows your name

    Several “Out to Lunch” readers have told me they have missed reading my articles in the Roane County News.

    I needed a writing break to devote more time to my job as executive director of Furniture Buying Group.

    In 1987, I convinced four other desperate furniture dealers to join me and form the Tennessee Buying Group (now known as The Buying Giant). Our Group has now grown to more than 300 members and associates in 36 states.

  • Kingston finishes second in Kingsport

    The Kingston Lady Jacket softball team finished second to Knox Halls in the Eastman Invitational over the weekend in Kingsport posting a 4-3 record.
    White House 2, Kingston 0: The Lady Jackets opened the tournament with a 2-0 loss to White House, who scored their only runs in the top of the fourth inning.
    Kingston didn't have a base runner in the contest.
    Emily Workman was the losing pitcher in the contest, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

  • Rockwood routs Oliver Springs 12-2

    To quote the famous Survivor song, Rockwood baseball had the “Eye of the Tiger” in their 12-2 win on Friday afternoon over the Oliver Springs Bobcats.
    Jimmy Vanosdale kicked off the scoring for the Tigers in the top of the first inning with a sacrifice RBI to take the early 1-0 lead.
    Oliver Springs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning when Tanner Stombaugh drove in a RBI single and Dillon Walls stole home to give the ‘Cats the 2-1 edge.

  • Lady Tigers calm Lady Waves in district play

    The Rockwood Lady Tiger softball team defeated the Midway Lady Waves 6-2 in District 3A action Friday night at Brickyard Springs for the first time in six years.
    Lucy Chapman singled with two outs in the first inning, after Lady Tiger starting pitcher Courtney Denny struck out Alex Bosnak and Kayley Beason, but was left stranded.
    Tiani Porter singled and moved to second on a wild pitch with two out in the bottom of the first over Lady Wave starter Aubrie May.

  • Coach Ken Sparks passes away after lengthy illness

    The coaching profession lost another institution last week, as former Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks, 73,  passed away after a five-year battle with cancer.
    According a release from Carson-Newman, Sparks announced his retirement Nov. 14. He finished his Carson-Newman career with a record of 338-99-2 for a winning percentage of .7699, fourth highest in college football history. The 338 wins is fifth best nationally.

  • McDermott signs with Johnson University
  • Don’t get nailed for driving drunk

    Two days ahead of last Saturday’s prom, Midway High School Resource Officer Rick Butler and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton were letting students know the importance of staying safe.

    With the use of specialized goggles that simulate the effects of drugs and alcohol, Midway students got the opportunity to drive an obstacle course meant to show how important it is to stay sober.

  • Smorgasbord of fun at Boys, Girls Club

    Attendance at Roane County’s Boys & Girls Club continues to grow.

    The club recently celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week with an open house, and they shared the excitement of their continued growth with visitors. That included an average of about 40 youth per day this school year — and even more in the summer program that kicked off last year.

    “Last summer was about 75 a day. We had to get really creative here in the summer,” said Adam Wilson, chief operating officer of the Boys & Girls Club of the Clinch Valley.

  • Man flees police in car, on foot

    A Harriman man is facing charges for allegedly fleeing from police.

    Nathan Richard Vineyard, 26, was arrested on Friday.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, a be-on-the-lookout alert was issued for Vineyard after he failed to stop for Oak Ridge police.

    “Central dispatch received a call from a bystander on Gallaher (Road) about a reckless driver matching the description,” the report said.

  • More than 30 acres torched on mountain

    A roadside fire quickly spread into the wooded mountains between Harriman and Oakdale Sunday evening.

    “It started right there on the side of the road,” said Harriman Assistant Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “We are not positive what started it. Somebody probably flipped a cigarette out, more than likely.”

    Harriman and Midtown firefighters battled the blaze before the Tennessee Division of Forestry took over.