Today's News

  • Rockwood, Sunbright split games

    BThe Rockwood Tigers and Coalfield Yellow Jackets had themselves a series split on day two of the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic. The Coalfield Yellow Jackets may not have had as high of an output as the previous day against North Greene, but it was enough to eke out a 45-38 defensive duel against the Tigers. Rockwood;however, the Lady Tigers gained their revenge as they outlasted the Coalfield Lady Jackets by a 52-44 tally.

  • Kingston notches two more victories

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Kingston basketball teams won two more games in the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic Thursday night, as the Yellow Jackets defeated Clarkrange 47-28 and the Lady Jackets beat Oakdale 49-40.
    Kingston 47, Clarkrange 28: Yellow Jacket fans were all smiles on Thursday as Kingston continued their dominant run in the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic by defeating the Clarkrange Buffaloes, 47-28.

  • A visit from St. Nick
  • Roane tapped as ThreeStar community

    Roane County was among the communities cited by Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development with a ThreeStar award at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville.

    “The ThreeStar Program is a valuable tool for economic development in Roane County providing us another opportunity for collaboration between the individual cities,” said Teresa Jackson, Roane County ThreeStar coordinator.

  • What’s new in Tennessee this year? A lot, that’s what

    The Volunteer State is growing by leaps and bounds, and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is showcasing what Tennesseans can discover in their state in 2017.

    New Ventures in East Tennessee

    East Tennessee is going to be the ultimate 2017 getaway.

    Tennesseans can book a stay at the Tennessean Hotel, Knoxville’s first personal luxury hotel opening this spring.

    Or travel to Chattanooga to admire never-before-seen vintage guitars at the Songbirds Guitar Museum opening in March.

  • Christmas traffic stop leads to 4 arrests

    Four people went to jail following a Christmas Day traffic stop in Harriman.

    According to warrants, it all started when police spotted Jesse Holt driving a Ford Taurus. Holt’s driver’s license is reportedly revoked, so he was taken to jail.

    “His brother, Jeremiah Holt, was a passenger in the front of the same car where scales used to weigh drugs was discovered,” the warrant said.


    The man responsible for her husband’s death may be back behind bars, but Jennifer Ladd Lively is not celebrating.

    “Bryan Howard is worthless,” she said of the man convicted in the 2007 vehicular homicide death of Keith Lively. “He said he wanted to kill himself, and I want to ask why didn’t [he], and just make it easier on everybody?

    “At least, if that is what he wanted, I would tell him not to take anyone with [him].”

  • State enforcing tougher vehicular homicide law

    The state is getting tougher on people who commit vehicular homicide.

    A new law that took effect on Jan. 1 makes vehicular homicide defendants ineligible for probation if alcohol or drugs are involved.

    “We have a lot of victims who are frustrated by the fact that they are eligible for probation,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said. “Victims’ families are unhappy about it, so I think this is going to be something that the victims’ families are going to be very appreciative of.”

  • No money to replace old bridge to campground

    A plan to open up 80 acres for recreational use in the Caney Creek area hit a snag last month, when the Roane County Commission defeated a resolution to earmark $111,000 for a bridge project.

    “It came out of budget committee with a recommendation,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

    That didn’t sway a majority of the commissioners, some of whom said they believe the resolution isn’t fair to the Swan Pond community.

  • School buildings among retreat discussion topics

    The Roane County Board of Education is planning a retreat in early 2017.

    “Where will that be?” Board Member Hugh Johnson asked at the Dec. 15 meeting.

    “We’re still trying to figure that out,” Chairman Sam Cox responded. “We was going to go to Gatlinburg for that, but with all the fire damage up there we’re not sure yet.”

    Cox said the tentative dates for the retreat are Jan. 27-28.

    He said it will focus on the state of Roane County Schools.