Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Colorful iris bears name of equally colorful goddess

    The beautiful iris, the state flower of Tennessee, blooms in so many different colors. It was named after Iris, the personification of the rainbow in Greek mythology.

    There are about 200 species of iris to be found in the northern temperate zone. Native to Asia, about 30 different species grow wild in the eastern United States and in the the Mississippi Delta.

    They are a part of the family which includes freesia, crocus and gladiolus.

  • School director search narrows

    Friday the 13th could be lucky for three people who aspire to be Roane County Schools next director.

    Three finalists are expected to be named before the weekend.

    During the interview process, the candidates are being scored in 20 areas on a scale of 1 to 5 by each member of the Board of Education.

    Three candidates were interviewed on Wednesday.

    Four were scheduled to be interviewed on Thursday, and the final three candidates are set to be interviewed today.

  • Woman claims fatal shot accident

    A Kingston woman charged with aggravated domestic assault in the shooting death of her boyfriend is claiming the shot was accidentally fired.
    Kingston police said Tammy Ellen Rosado shot her 63-year-old boyfriend, James Ronald Cobb, in the chest on April 4. He died April 7 at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
    According to the arrest warrant, Rosado called 911 around 1 a.m. and reported that Cobb had shot himself.
    Police heard differently when they arrived at the couple’s 814 Rosedale Ave. residence.

  • Congressman to attend VA hospital talk

    A number of federal and state officials and their staffs have toured the soon-to-be-abandoned Roane Medical Center.
    Today, Friday, April 13, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and aides from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office will be touring the facility, which will be vacated once Covenant Health completes its new hospital in Midtown.
    Proponents for a Veterans Affairs hospital have seen a huge response from their call for support, culminating recently in more than 600 people attending a meeting on Easter weekend.

  • Class rabbit painted, killed

    County Animal Control Director John Griffin said officers went to Midway High School on Thursday to investigate the killing of a class rabbit.
    If reports are true, it suffered a brutal death. Griffin said the rabbit was taped, stabbed more than a dozen times and painted green.
    “Apparently it happened over the Easter vacation,” he said.
    Griffin said two male students are suspected of killing the rabbit, but no charges are expected.

  • Trifecta of fun set for May 12

    Three big events will make Roane State Community College the place to be on Saturday, May 12.
    The events will kick off at 8 a.m. with CASA of the 9th District’s annual 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run.
    The race is part of a sanctioned series and door prizes will be given.
    To sign up, look for entry forms at Foust Family Fitness Center in Kingston or contact Terri Likens at 717-0717 or likenst@aol.com.

  • Midway eases by Greenback, 5-4

    The Midway Green Wave baseball team pushed their record back over the .500 mark both overall and in District 3-A play with a 5-4 win over Greenback on Monday in the only home game of the week for Midway. 

  • Lady Waves slam Greenback, 11-0

    The Midway Lady Green Waves picked up an important District 3-A win Tuesday evening as Megan Arndts’ squad rolled into Greenback and shutout the Lady Cherokees, 11-0.

  • Goins' homer leads Lady Devils past Rockwood, 4-2

    The first meeting of the year between the Rockwood Lady Tigers and Harriman Lady Blue Devils wouldn’t count in the District 3-A standings, but the game was still full of drama as a two-run home run off the bat of Harriman’s Haylee Goins proved to be the difference in Harriman picking up a victory on Saturday in the 2012 Rockwood Invitational.

  • Lady 'Cats bomb Jellico in tourney opener, 71-31

    Oliver Springs head coach Matt Headden has won a lot of games during his tenure at Oliver Springs, but he probably hasn’t had many easier wins than the two he picked up this week against Jellico.