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Today's News

  • New lease on life for O. S. sophomore

    One year ago, a promising freshman football player at Oliver Springs High School named Lane Lee was poised to make his mark on the gridiron for the Bobcats. Instead, Lee was diagnosed with AML, which stands for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and was forced to sit out the 2016 football season fighting the battle of his life.

  • New direction for Roane State hoops camps

     

    “If it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it” is a cliche to live by in sports. Most coaches and players are content to keep to a routine and not change.

    For Roane State Lady Raider basketball Coach Monica Boles, this isn’t the case. The long time coach shook things up this summer and started a position focused camp for high schol players.

    This is the first time Boles and her program have attempted something different than the normal camps that focus on fundamentals.

  • GOING with the FLO – Pay attention: Some facts simply cannot be ignored

    By Flo Charles

    I must emphasize these important facts that cannot be ignored. We are seeing the effects of Saul Alinskiy’s “Rules for Radicals” more and more.

    We must pay attention. They pick a target, freeze it, polarize it and continue to attack it over and over.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics

    Today we give you a collection of our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics:

  • Feds to sentence Ten Mile man for having gun

    A Ten Mile man pleaded guilty in federal court last week to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

    Albert Childs, 52, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves on Nov. 15.

    According to federal court records, Childs was convicted of felony theft of property in Bradley County in 2009. He also has a 1983 conviction in Roane County for felony burglary.

    Convicted felons aren’t allowed to possess firearms.

    Childs was indicted last December for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

  • A need for speed?

    Area law enforcement is participating in Operation Southern Shield, a week-long crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving across the South.

    Authorities in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina are involved in the enforcement effort.

    “NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has told us that speed is a major factor in a lot of accidents,” Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes said.

  • It’s TOMATO TIME in TENNESSEE
  • Dad of 10 killed while cleaning window

    A Utah father of 10 was killed last week after he was struck by a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the Pilot gas station on Lawnville Road. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a Kenworth tractor trailer and a Freightliner tractor trailer were parked on the far side of the parking lot on July 13.

    Robert D. Edlund was the co-driver of the Freightliner. The report said he was outside in between the two trucks cleaning the passenger window of the Freightliner.

  • Teen gets 15 years for church bus sex crimes

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood teen will spend years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl on a church bus.

    The District Attorney General’s Office said Larry Lynn Allison pleaded guilty this week to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    The crimes happened on March 16, 2016. Allison and the two girls were on a Mount Pisgah Baptist Church bus when he sexually assaulted them.

  • Assistant moves to RCHS principal

    Kent Millsaps is taking over as principal of Roane County High School.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins announced his hiring this week.

    Millsaps served as assistant principal at Roane County High the past two school years.

    Before that, he spent 16 years at Halls High School in Knox County, where he taught physical science, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology.

    Watkins said Dan Matthews will move from the half-time assistant principal position to the full time assistant principal at Roane County High.