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Today's News

  • Jolley's 3 TDs leads Tigers past Rams, 23-21

    In what can be best described as a good old-fashioned slugfest, the Rockwood Tigers pounced on the Grace Christian Academy Rams for a 23-21 win Friday night at Civitan Field.
    “It was a great win for us tonight and it puts us right back in the thick of things with the district,” said an ecstatic Rockwood head coach John Webb.
    In what turned out to be a seesaw affair, Grace got the ball first and marched 69 yards in six plays to score on a 55-yard Parker Shelton to Michael McCoy touchdown strike.
    The PAT was good as the Rams held a 7-0 with 9:26 to go in the opening quarter.

  • Bobcats blast Blue Devils, 48-20

     

    The trip might have been a long one, but it was a good one for the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night as Wiley Brackett's squad blasted Jellico, 48-20.

    For Oliver Springs, Friday's victory was expected, but big nonetheless as the Bobcats are now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 4-A.

  • Blue Devils wallop Tellico Plains, 34-0

     

    After opening the season with losses in two of their first three games, the Harriman Blue Devils have now won three straight as Travis Tapp's squad traveled to Tellico Plains Friday night and routed the Bears on their homecoming night, 34-0.

  • Collector dishes dirt on joys of antique tractors

    By KATIE HOGIN
    khogin@roanecounty.com

    Everyone has their guilty pleasures — simple indulgences that add a little kick to their daily lives.

    For Tony Whalen of Harriman, it’s all about antique tractors.

    Whalen beams when he talks enthusiastically talks about his passion of collecting and restoring antique tractors.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    In just a few days early voting will commence (13 Oct. to 28 Oct.) and you, gentle reader will be confronted by a choice of whom you will vote for to be governor of our beloved state for the next four years, and who will represent you the next two years in both the state House of Representatives and the national House of Representatives.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Life has disappointments, even in good times

    It was my father’s big day, his retirement from a long, successful career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the whole family was there for it.

    The whole family except for me.

    I was working for The Associated Press in Chicago at the time, and Dad’s retirement gala happened to coincide with a critical election in the Windy City. The AP news staff was told that under no circumstances were we to request time off that day, and so I dared not.

  • Tempers fray over Rockwood utility issues

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board is relying on an almost-18-percent hike in water rates to balance the utilities’ budget.

    The increase, contingent on approval from Rockwood City Council, will affect ratepayers who use at least 1,500 gallons monthly.

    It’s among the budgeting tactics water officials used to bolster the bottom line of the struggling utility that has recently come under state scrutiny.

  • Rockwood officials' unseen letter excuses have hole

    Out of sight, out of mind? Or ignorance is bliss?

    Whatever the reason, a number of Rockwood officials claimed Monday to have neither seen nor received a Tennessee Comptroller’s Office letter rebuking officials for interdepartmental loans between three city-operated utilities and ordering a repayment plan within 60 days.

    “You’ve got about 45 days left to do something,” said Glen McCuiston, a Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board member during that body’s regular meeting on Monday.

  • Fall colors train rides start Saturday

    There's nothing like enjoying a train ride through the hardwoods of East Tennessee during the crisp fall season.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will run fall colors trips on four weekends during October, starting Oct. 2.

    Trains will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with Saturday departures at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday departures at 1 and 3 p.m.  

    Each trip will last about one hour.

  • OS movie connection leads to reunion Oct. 15

    By Sharon Littlepage, For Roane Newspapers

    When the casting call for a movie goes out, the extras never get the big money, but they usually walk away with a lifetime of special memories.

    That’s the case with Oliver Springs resident Barbara Hilemon, who played five different parts in the highly acclaimed family-friendly movie, “October Sky,” which was filmed in Oliver Springs, Harriman, Petros, Wartburg, Oak Ridge and Knoxville in 1998.