Today's News

  • Local shooters take aim at recent state championship

    More than 1,300 youth athletes, from middle school to college, participated in the 2017 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships on June 20–24 in Nashville.

    The State Championships spanned five full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines: trap, skeet and sporting clays. Individuals and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in nearly 70 categories.

  • Leveling the playing field

    By Brody Jones


    Around Roane County’s high school sports scene, there is one common refrain that parents, coaches, and players repeat frequently: “It’s hard to compete with a private school.”

    The reasoning? Those schools are able to give students scholarships or even discounted tuition, while a public school is unable to do this sort of thing.

    Truth be known, it’s hard to blame the private schools themselves for this way of attracting students and athletes.

  • Despite weather, Dixie Youth tourneys get started

    Rain couldn’t stop the Dixie Youth A and AA Baseball State Tournaments from getting underway Friday in Rockwood despite being postponed the day before.

    Due to rain causing a delay in youth baseball action Thursday, the Dixie Youth officials had to do some shifting and tinkering to make sure the schedule would still fit within the weekend so pool play started Friday and will go through Saturday morning with the top two teams from each pool going on to the tournament portion.

    Lewis County AA 8, Harriman 9 AA

  • Conner a master examiner

    Laura A. Conner, county director for the Roane and Morgan County Health Department District, has been appointed by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence board of directors as a master examiner on the 2017 Board of Examiners.

    As a member of the Board of Examiners, Conner is responsible for reviewing and evaluating organizations that apply to the Center’s Award Program. The program recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

  • FRIENDS FIRST It’s a way of life for Tennessee River Realty

    For more than 20 years, Tennessee River Realty of Kingston has been selling property and making friends at the same time.

    Realtor Pamela Bull said she treats every client as an individual with specific needs, but always wants the end result to be the same.

    “We want to remain friends after,” she said.

    Bull said she specializes in caring for her clients and getting to know their needs.

    The agency is specifically structured to allow the flexibility to meet specific needs, said Suzanne Griffin, founder and partner in the business.

  • RSCC’s Wurth draws employees to GIS

    When it comes to her expertise, Roane State Community College’s Pat Wurth occupies a unique niche in Tennessee, and she has won a first-ever award for it.

    Wurth, an associate professor at the college for nearly 19 years, recently received the accolade of appreciation for her “distinguished career developing GIS professionals.”

    That’s what it says on the plaque she received during an April conference of the 500-member Tennessee Geographic Information Council. “It was quite an honor,” Wurth said.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: SWOT can be a useful business tool

    I recently conducted a half day strategic planning workshop in a nearby county.

    A key step in the planning process is a SWOT analysis session by carefully selected participants.

    SWOT analysis is a powerful business tool that can be used on a regular basis to increase your organization’s effectiveness.

    In other words, it can be a powerful tactical tool in addition to its strategic use. It can be used personally on a routine basis. Before we get into examples, let’s discuss the traditional strategic use of SWOT analysis.

  • Optimist Club cheer camp coming up

    The Kingston Optimist Club announces their 5th annual 2017 Cheer Camp for kids age 4 to 13 and KOC cheer coaches.

    Learn the newest cheers and stunts from RCHS alumna and cheerleader Andrea Stinnnett.

    WHEN: July 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th at 6:00 pm.

    WHERE: Cherokee Middle School Gym.

    COST: $45 (includes cheer camp


    Pre-register on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon at Cherokee Middle School concession press box or register on the first day of camp.

  • Rockwood hosts Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournaments

    The Dixie Youth Baseball A and AA State Tournaments started with pool playThursday at Rockwood’s “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

    Due to the start time of the tournament games and the deadline of the Roane County News for Friday, game coverage could not be provided.

    But rest assured, there will be coverage for the Roane County teams in both age divisions.

  • Never too old for competition

    Members of Kingston’s Tracy O’Neal Table Tennis Club competed in the 2017 Senior Olympics in Birmingham, Alabama and came away sporting shiny new medals.

    Table Tennis can be a daunting sport, but not for the quintet of Bill Neely, Dwain Kitchel, Jinny Lougee, Ruth Gove, and Wood Gove. All five athletes are in their 80s, showing that a competitive nature and will to win doesn’t stop when a person becomes a senior citizen.