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Today's News

  • Tornado Watch until 10 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 767 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT /9 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS, INCLUDING ROANE COUNTY: 

    IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 2 COUNTIES

    IN SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA

    CHEROKEE CLAY

    IN TENNESSEE THIS WATCH INCLUDES 33 COUNTIES IN EAST TENNESSEE :

  • Rockwood "picks" off Unaka in first round, 32-6

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    For three quarters, the Unaka Rangers gave the Rockwood Tigers all they could handle, but eventually, five Ranger interceptions proved too much to overcome for Unaka as they fell 32-6 to the Tigers.

    “We played really sloppy in the first half,” Rockwood head coach John Webb. “We moved the ball well, but we were simply unable to cash in our opportunities early on.”

  • Nov. 9 Update: Rain could have moved evidence in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Something worried TBI forensic scientist Robert Daniel Royse when he made the trip from Nashville to Roane County on May 11, 2006.   

    “It was raining the entire way,” Royse said. 

  • White cloud indicates startup of new scrubber

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Cleaner emissions from TVA’s Kingston Fossil plant will come in the form of a big white cloud of steam.

    The first of two scrubber units will be online this week at the plant. All units are scheduled to be online by spring 2010.

    Scrubbers, the units being put in place around the TVA system, are another step the plant is making toward cleaner air under the Clean Air Act.

    “The purpose of the scrubber is to remove the sulfur dioxide,” said Bob Rehberg, maintenance manager.

  • Ray signs with Bryan

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    It's always good to get what you want and Bryan women's basketball head coach Jamy Bechler got the player he wanted most as Kingston senior Jenna Ray signed scholarship papers last week to play for the Lady Lions.

    "When we discovered her we made her our No. 1 priority," Bechler said after her signing. "We followed her pretty much all summer playing for Tennessee Hustle. We didn't offer any other player before we offered her."

  • Bobcats gear up for big game

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    In years past when a team played a non district game in football it usually didn't go a long way in determining whether or not a team made the playoffs.

  • Muddy Tigers shutout Wartburg

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Despite less-than-desirable field conditions, the Rockwood Tigers managed to escape from Wartburg with a 14-0 win over the Bulldogs.

    “I think, considering the field conditions tonight, our kids played really well,” Rockwood head coach John Webb said.

    Wartburg started off the game with an excellent kick-off return getting into Rockwood territory. However, the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize as they fumbled the ball back to Rockwood.

  • Tigers down Devils, 35-7

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Powered by a huge second half, the Rockwood Tigers secured an automatic berth in the TSSAA Class AA playoffs Friday night with a 35-7 victory at Harriman.

    Rockwood and Harriman were tied 7-7 at halftime, but John Webb's Tigers opened the second half with an eight-play, 65-yard scoring drive and the rest was history.

  • RMS opens season with wins

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Believe it or not, but basketball season tipped off Monday evening in Morgan County as Oakdale hosted the annual Hollis Eble Middle School Tournament.

    Rockwood was one of four teams competing Monday and the news was good for the Tigers and Lady Tigers as both rolled to first round wins. The Lady Tigers rolled to a 31-13 victory over Sunbright in the first game of the evening and Rockwood's boys picked up a 46-33 victory over Sunbright in the final game of the night.

    Girls Game

  • Bobcats wrap up playoff berth

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    After missing out on the playoffs for three straight years, the Oliver Springs Bobcats will finally get a taste of postseason play as Wiley Brackett's squad wrapped up an automatic berth in the TSSAA Class AA playoffs Thursday night with a 42-14 victory at Wartburg.

    Oliver Springs also ran their season record to 7-2 Thursday and that's two more wins than the combined five the Bobcats amassed from 2006-08.