Today's News

  • Tax credit saves Tenn. employers millions

    The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is on track to issue a record number of Work Opportunity Tax Credits to employers across the state.

    Through the end of October, the Department issued 71,336 Tax Credit certifications. Those certifications represent potential tax savings to Tennessee employers of more than $159 million.

  • Oliver Springs loses twice at Union County

    The Oliver Springs basketball teams traveled to Maynardville Tuesday night in the final game before the Christmas break and received two proverbial lumps of coal instead of presents, two losses courtesy of the Union County Patriots. The Lady 'Cats lost a heartbreaker, 48-45, in overtime at the buzzer, as the Bobcats were outmatched 78-50 in the nightcap.
    Union County 48, Oliver Springs 45: Despite their best efforts to rally from a 10-point deficit at one stretch, the Lady Bobcats were done in at the buzzer by Union County's Ella Johnson on the buzzer-beating shot.

  • Sunbright sweeps Midway in Region 2A match-up

    By Michael Lindsay
    Midway’s trip to Sunbright Tuesday night proved to be  unsuccessful, as the Sunbright Tigers swept the Green Wave in Region 2A action, with the Lady Tigers defeating the Lady Waves 43-22 and the Tigers downing the Green Wave 74-68.
    Sunbright 43, Midway 22: Mike Hayes’ Midway Lady Wave suffered a loss at the hands of the Sunbright Lady Tigers by a score of 43-32.

  • Harriman Middle hosted Rockwood in noon double-header before the holiday break

    The Rockwood Middle School basketball teams visited Harriman Middle School Tuesday for unique, district game, as the double-header tipped off at high noon in front of the student body. This was the final for the two county rivals before the holiday break began Wednesday.
    The two schools played in a similar environment last season at Rockwood Middle School, as HMS used the home-court advantage to sweep RMS, with the Lady Devils winning 41-2 and the Blue Devils posting a 56-36 victory.

  • Tigers bite Rangers to end losing streak

    The Rockwood basketball teams closed out the pre-holiday portion of their schedule Tuesday, as they split a pair of games with the Unaka Rangers in Dr. Tom  Evans Gymnasium.
    Matt Thompson scored 20 points, as the Tigers defeated the Rangers 76-54 to snap a seven-game losing streak, while the Lady Tigers were beaten 42-31.
    Rockwood 76, Unaka 54: "We needed something like this and get through the rough part of our schedule," said Tiger Coach Paul Kamikawa. "We played well tonight and must get through the gauntlet of the schedule."

  • Kingston to host second annual alumni basketball game Jan. 14

    The Kingston High School basketball teams will be having their second alumni basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. with the women's game, followed at 2 p.m. for the men's game (1989 and prior) and 3 p.m. by the second men's game (1990 to present). This is a tentative game schedule, dependent up interest in the event. Final schedules will be posted closer to the event date.
    The cost is $15, which covers the cost of a t-shirt and admission. Not only is this a terrific event, it is also a fundraiser for the girls and boys basketball programs.

  • 30-foot Santa draws big rooftop attention

    For years drivers on Hwy. 27 between Harriman and Rockwood have been greeted by a giant inflatable Santa perched on the roof of Wholesale Furniture.

    The store, which has also used an inflatable gorilla and a pumpkin to attract attention, added the jolly 30-foot-tall figure about eight years ago, said manager Phillip McMillan.

    He said customers and passersby have grown attached to the Santa over the years.

    “They’ll stop by and take photos,” he said.

  • Some view lake weeds as positive

    Not everyone is in favor of eradicating Watts Bar Lake of aquatic weeds.

    District 6 County Commissioner David Bell told his fellow commissioners earlier this month that he’s heard from nearly three dozen constituents who like having it in the water.

    “They’ve called me like crazy,” Bell said. “I guess because they know I’m an outdoorsman or a sportsman. They like catching fish, killing ducks, so on and so forth, and they feel that it brings more to Roane County having that here as opposed to not having it.”

  • Childs, Evans now vice mayors

    The cities of Kingston and Rockwood have new vice mayors.

    Randy Childs was confirmed to the post last week during Kingston City Council’s regular monthly meeting, while Dudley Evans was confirmed Monday at Rockwood’s regular City Council meeting.

    Both were top vote getters in their respective 2015 city elections, a designation that has become standard in selecting vice mayors.

    Childs is a first-term Kingston Council member.

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