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Today's News

  • $43 million from TVA a good start

    No, TVA can’t fix all the harm it has done with the disastrous ash spill late last year.

    But its $43 million reparations package is a huge step forward.

    We also agree with officials that most of the money should be pumped into improving Roane County schools — then, perhaps, used for recreation opportunities for residents.

    And by recreation opportunities, we are not talking about league sports and ball fields, but biking trails and other opportunities for the exercise and amusement for residents of all ages.

  • Jackets, Panthers battle tonight

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Roane County football fans have dried out after a soggy week four and will hopefully have a dry week five as all five county teams will be in action.

    And just like last week, Roane County's football fans will get a chance to see two games this week. Last week, Harriman played at home Thursday against Greenback and this Thursday Kingston will play at home against Lenoir City.

  • Bobcats wipe out Coalfield, 48-2

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    One week after suffering their first loss of the season, the Oliver Springs Bobcats bounced back in a big way Friday night as Wiley Brackett's squad rolled to a 48-2 victory over Coalfield at D.J. Brittan Field.

    “We had a great week of practice and we played hard tonight.” Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett said following the game. “We got down early, but we didn't drop our heads. We kept playing hard and eventually got things going our way.”

  • Why the newspaper sometimes is not "nice"

    Recently we learned of a discussion involving a handful of local officials who were complaining that the newspaper hasn’t been “nice” to them.

    We are surprised when we see experienced people in office who feel that “being nice” is our role in covering them.

    Our role is not to be nice or mean — although we certainly try to be fair and civil.

  • Harriman tops Greenback, 20-18

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    When Greenback held an 18-14 lead and converted a short fourth down with three minutes left to play Thursday night at Harriman it looked like the only way the Devils would knock off the Cherokees was with a miracle. That miracle happened one play later as Harriman's Tyler Morris recovered a Greenback fumble that set the stage for a four-play, 15-yard scoring drive capped by a Dimitrique Inman two-yard run with 1:18 left to play to give the Devils a 20-18 victory.

  • District battles take center stage

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Friday night is another big night for area high school football teams as most teams in the area will play their second district game of the season.

    All five teams from Roane County will be playing district games this week. Harriman opened play a day early by hosting Greenback Thursday in a District 3-A contest. Midway and Rockwood will also take on District 3-A opponents as the Green Wave will be hosting Grace Christian while the Tigers will travel to Tellico Plains.

  • Rockwood tops Kingston, 21-14

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets have been playing with fire to start the 2009 football season and Friday night they got burned.

    In opening the season with two victories over Harriman and Scott, the Jackets waited until their final snap on offense to score game-winning touchdowns, but there would be no magic at Rockwood as the Tigers scored the game-winning touchdown with 9:34 remaining to pick up a 21-14 victory over their county rivals.

  • Rockwood hosts Kingston in key battle

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Not every eye in Roane County will be focused on Rockwood Friday night, but a lot of attention will be paid to Civitan Field as John Webb's unbeaten Rockwood Tigers host unbeaten Kingston in what could be the game of the year in Roane County this season.

    Rockwood and Kingston, however, will not be the only game in Roane County Friday as Midway, Oliver Springs and Harriman will also play at home this week.

  • Devils down Midway, 21-14

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It might have only been the first district game of the season, but the Harriman Blue Devils picked up a huge win Friday night as Travis Tapp's squad picked up a hard fought 21-14 victory at Midway to improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in District 3-A.

    Harriman picked this win Friday night with a stunningly fast start in the first quarter. The Blue Devils rushed for 151 yards in the opening quarter and scored two touchdowns. Eighty-six of the yards came on a Dimitrique Inman dash to the end zone for the second touchdown of the night.

  • Devils, Wave clash highlights week 2 action

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Last Friday night was a good night for four of the five teams in Roane County as Kingston, Midway, Oliver Springs and Rockwood all picked up victories.

    While those wins were big, none came in district play, however, and that's why week two of the regular season is even bigger as all five county teams open district play.

    In District 4-AA, Kingston will try to build on last week's dramatic win over Harriman as they travel to Huntsville to take on Scott.