Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: 1st Amendment rode with Civil Rights effort

    First Amendment Center
    Assembly and petition are the “quiet freedoms” among the five rights set out in the First Amendment.
    Speech, press and religion are more often – or at least, more obviously – in the headlines. But during Black History Month, in February, the quiet kids on this corner of the constitutional block deserve at least as much attention as their better-known brethren.

  • Rockwood borrows to tackle required sewage changes

    More than $1.4 million in Rural Development loans were approved last week in Rockwood, enabling Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas to acquire grants that will allow the city to complete a $2.4 million oxidation ditch project at the wastewater plant this year.

    The oxidation ditch typically replaces the sewage aeration tank and provides better sludge treatment using biological organisms. The project is required by a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.

  • Rayburn’s Roane roots

    Roane County’s ties to a  an icon in federal government were re-established recently.

    Last month, a historical marker was resurrected noting that Sam Rayburn, the longest-serving speaker of the House in U.S. Congress, was born and spent his first five years of life here.

    Rayburn is more commonly associated with Texas, where his family moved in 1887, but he never forgot his Roane County ties and visited regularly until he died in 1961.

    His father, William Marion Rayburn, was a Confederate soldier.

  • Meth lab seizures up in Roane despite new laws

    Roane County experienced a 100-percent increase in meth lab seizures last year.

    The total for 2012 was 24, according to statistics provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
    In 2011, there was 12.  

    The number of seizures also increased statewide. Last year’s total was 1,811, up from 1,689 in 2011.

    This year isn’t shaping up to be better. Several labs were discovered in Roane County last month.

  • The Garden Gate: Americans not tempted to eat what bugs them

    We Americans are the unusual ones in terms of eating insects. It’s a standard thing in other countries. A recent survey in Nigeria found that about seven out of 10 people ate caterpillars.

    Dry-roasted queen ants are served at cocktail parties in Colombia, and roasted grasshoppers can be found in the gourmét frozen-food aisles of supermarkets in Japan.

  • Tigers fend off Midway for key district win

    The Midway Green Wave hosted the Rockwood Tigers Friday night in the first meeting this season between the two District 3-A and Roane County foes. 

    The teams will meet again on Monday, Feb. 11 at Rockwood to end the district and regular season schedule.

  • Jackets suffer rough road trip

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets made the short trip to Loudon Friday night to take on their heated rivals, but the trip back from Loudon was a long one as the Redskins and Lady ‘Skins picked up a sweep in the District 4-AA affair.

  • Cherokee teams come up short at AAA sectional

    The 2012-13 season came to a close Saturday afternoon for the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as both squads dropped opening round games in the TMSAA Class AAA East Tennessee Sectional Tournament being played at Sevierville Middle School.

  • Mt. Pisgah splits with Tri-Cities Christian

    The Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots split a pair of games last week with Tri-Cities Christian.

    The Lady Patriots had a rough night as they dropped a 63-20 decision, but Mt. Pisgah got their revenge in final game of the evening, winning 68-57.

  • Two eliminated in sectional tourney

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils would see their 2012-13 basketball season come to an end Monday evening, as Baron Tapp’s squad was knocked off by Oneida, 27-17, in the quarterfinal round of the TMSAA Class AA East Tennessee Sectional Tournament being played at Pigeon Forge Middle School.