Today's News

  • Kingston, Catholic split district home series

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Catholic Fighting Irish traded wins on Monday. The Lady Jackets defeated Catholic for the second time this season by a score of 56-43, and the boys fell to the  No. 1 ranked team in the state in their classification.
    Kingston, 56, Catholic 43: The Kingston Lady Jackets (16-5, 4-2) cruised against Catholic on Monday night, picking up a convincing 56-43 victory over the Irish.

  • Rockwood DYB signups begin

    Rockwood Dixie Youth baseball and softball sign-ups are now underway at the Rockwood Community Center for ages 4 (weeball), 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 through Feb. 28.
    Coaches must sign up and pass a background check to be eligible to coach.
    The Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign-ups can also being taken during basketball gams. The cutoff date is May 1 and the sign-up fee is $25.
    For more information call 354-0434.

  • FIVE High schools and scenarios

    The Roane County Board of Education last weekend got a refresher on potential construction and consolidation plans for the county’s high schools.

    Lewis Group Architects presented the board with five scenarios last year. It went over those scenarios again during the board’s retreat at Roane State Community College on Saturday.

    Scenario 1 calls for keeping Midway and Oliver Springs and combining Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood into one new school.

  • Million dollar sewer break

    Repair of a major sewer line break that occurred in Rockwood Jan. 14 will likely cost more than $1 million.

    Kim Ramsey, general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas, reported on the leak during Rockwood City Council’s regular monthly meeting last week.

  • Oliver Springs man jailed for sexual battery and assault

    Johnnie Lee Anderson, a 45-year-old Oliver Springs man, was charged with aggravated sexual battery over the weekend.

    The alleged victim told Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Hammons that Anderson pushed her on a couch at his residence, hit her, pulled off her pants and underwear, and touched her private area with his hand.

    Anderson and the alleged victim knew each other. She told Hammons that they were together at a tavern in Oak Ridge, and she left him there because he was calling her derogatory names in front of the other patrons.

  • Ruritan Road completion celebrated

    State and Harriman officials celebrated the widening of Ruritan Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon.

    The roadway, completed in the fall, has improved traffic flow and promises to have other benefits as well.

    “I’m happy to be here, happy to celebrate this new highway we built. It is great,” said Sen. Ken Yager.

    “I’m confident it will lead to economic development along this area. That is what it was for — besides safe travel for people,” said Yager.

  • Alleged boat ramp robber back behind bars

    One of the suspects in an alleged December robbery was arrested over the weekend. Larry Shane Chrisco was charged with violating bond conditions.

    According to the warrant, Harriman police responded to 511 Clinch St. on Sunday to investigate a report about a man beating a woman.

    The alleged victim, Shannon Drake, wouldn’t let police in the residence, but they made entry anyway due to the circumstances. The warrant said police checked a bathroom while inside.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kudos for retreat from Gatlinburg

    The Roane County Board of Education held a retreat/conference last weekend.

    Although the board considered holding the retreat in Gatlinburg, the group decided to remain in Roane County and held the meeting at Roane State Community College.

    This was a good decision on the part of the board for several reasons and deserves to be praised.

  • GLIMPSES: Divided, but will we soon decline?

    By Mark Banker

    I begin with belated best wishes for 2017.

    A nasty virus plagued my January, but my captive status offered one dubious benefit. Television and the internet provided a front-row view for the transition from the Obama to Trump eras.

    One week into the latter, Americans can agree on one thing: Our nation’s prolonged divide has widened. Our new president’s admirers are pleased that his actions are consistent with his campaign promises.