Today's News

  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: You’ll have trouble choosing from Picante’s vast menu

    While working on an “Out to Lunch” article at a Rockwood restaurant, Jonathan Johnson, a U.S. Food Service salesman, asked me if I knew about a new restaurant in Oliver Springs.

    “Picante Mexican Grill has just opened in the previous location of Choice’s Café,” he said. I wrote about Choice’s in October 2008.

  • Cherokee renovations celebrated
  • Tornadoes top Kingston, 36-13

    For a quarter and a half, the Kingston Yellow Jackets hung right with the perennial powerhouse Alcoa Tornadoes, but in the second half, the Tornadoes touched down on the Kingston Yellow Jackets, ripping through the Yellow Jacket defense for the 36-13 win. 

  • Late TD sinks Midway, 32-28


    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Wave traveled to Tellico Plains Friday night with hopes of bolstering their playoff resume and spoiling the Bears’ homecoming festivities.

  • Bobcats blast Jellico, 59-0


    LaFollette Press

    Oliver Springs scored touchdowns by the bushel during Friday night’s homecoming football game against District 4-A rival Jellico High.

  • Tigers roll past Harriman, 42-0

    Three was the magic number for the Rockwood Tigers Friday night as John Webb's squad picked up their third win in a row while also knocking off the Harriman Blue Devils for the third straight season with a 42-0 victory at Wallace-Black Field.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Organizing yard sale isn’t for faint-hearted

    “I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” my sister lamented by phone.
    It was a loaded question, so I bit my lip and responded only with silence.
    “I’m having a yard sale, and I don’t know what price to put on anything,” she continued.
    With a sigh of relief that her subject had been targeted, I was ready to respond.
    “Debbie, nobody knows what to price things at in yard sales,” I told her. “You just do the best you can, try to be reasonable and be ready to negotiate on offers from reasonable people.”


    Numerous states have sued the federal government over the health-care law that Congress passed in 2010.
    Tennessee wasn't among them, which caused some members of the state legislature to express dissatisfaction with Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. One of them was state Rep. Julia Hurley, who represents Roane County. In this final installment of an interview Hurley granted to the Roane County News, the Lenoir City Republican shares her thoughts about Cooper, attention she's received from working at Hooters and what it's like when she's out in public.

  • United Way director hire announcement expected soon

    Roane County United Way expects have a new director next month.
    The group hopes to have someone selected by its Wednesday, Oct. 19, board meeting, according to Bobby Davis, its board chairman.
    “That is our aggressive schedule,” Davis said.
    “We have approximately 20 applications back from people inside Roane County and even outside the state,” he said. “I think we have a good selection of candidates.”

  • TVA’s ‘slime’ disputed

    TVA’s hired-out analysis of the ash spill was under attack again on Wednesday.
    Dan Marks, an expert witness for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against TVA, said he doubts a “slimes layer” contributed to the disaster.
    That was the theory put forth in a root-cause analysis conducted by Bill Walton of AECOM. Walton’s report said a slimes layer was one of the factors that led to the disaster.
    “I’m not sure how to phrase this, really,” Marks said. “The problem I have with the report basically boils down to attempting to identify a so-called slimes layer.”
    Marks took it a step further.