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Today's News

  • Harriman Middle hosted Rockwood in noon double-header before the holiday break

    The Rockwood Middle School basketball teams visited Harriman Middle School Tuesday for unique, district game, as the double-header tipped off at high noon in front of the student body. This was the final for the two county rivals before the holiday break began Wednesday.
    The two schools played in a similar environment last season at Rockwood Middle School, as HMS used the home-court advantage to sweep RMS, with the Lady Devils winning 41-2 and the Blue Devils posting a 56-36 victory.

  • Tigers bite Rangers to end losing streak

    The Rockwood basketball teams closed out the pre-holiday portion of their schedule Tuesday, as they split a pair of games with the Unaka Rangers in Dr. Tom  Evans Gymnasium.
    Matt Thompson scored 20 points, as the Tigers defeated the Rangers 76-54 to snap a seven-game losing streak, while the Lady Tigers were beaten 42-31.
    Rockwood 76, Unaka 54: "We needed something like this and get through the rough part of our schedule," said Tiger Coach Paul Kamikawa. "We played well tonight and must get through the gauntlet of the schedule."

  • Kingston to host second annual alumni basketball game Jan. 14

    The Kingston High School basketball teams will be having their second alumni basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. with the women's game, followed at 2 p.m. for the men's game (1989 and prior) and 3 p.m. by the second men's game (1990 to present). This is a tentative game schedule, dependent up interest in the event. Final schedules will be posted closer to the event date.
    The cost is $15, which covers the cost of a t-shirt and admission. Not only is this a terrific event, it is also a fundraiser for the girls and boys basketball programs.

  • 30-foot Santa draws big rooftop attention

    For years drivers on Hwy. 27 between Harriman and Rockwood have been greeted by a giant inflatable Santa perched on the roof of Wholesale Furniture.

    The store, which has also used an inflatable gorilla and a pumpkin to attract attention, added the jolly 30-foot-tall figure about eight years ago, said manager Phillip McMillan.

    He said customers and passersby have grown attached to the Santa over the years.

    “They’ll stop by and take photos,” he said.

  • Some view lake weeds as positive

    Not everyone is in favor of eradicating Watts Bar Lake of aquatic weeds.

    District 6 County Commissioner David Bell told his fellow commissioners earlier this month that he’s heard from nearly three dozen constituents who like having it in the water.

    “They’ve called me like crazy,” Bell said. “I guess because they know I’m an outdoorsman or a sportsman. They like catching fish, killing ducks, so on and so forth, and they feel that it brings more to Roane County having that here as opposed to not having it.”

  • Childs, Evans now vice mayors

    The cities of Kingston and Rockwood have new vice mayors.

    Randy Childs was confirmed to the post last week during Kingston City Council’s regular monthly meeting, while Dudley Evans was confirmed Monday at Rockwood’s regular City Council meeting.

    Both were top vote getters in their respective 2015 city elections, a designation that has become standard in selecting vice mayors.

    Childs is a first-term Kingston Council member.

  • The REASON for the SEASON
  • REACHing out
  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: First Amendment will work — if we still have it

    Our First Amendment freedoms will work — if we still have them around to use.

    Those five freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — have been challenged at various times in our nation’s history, as many would say they are today.

    But the very freedoms themselves provide the means and mechanisms for our society to self-correct those challenges, perhaps a main reason why the First Amendment has endured, unchanged, since Dec. 15, 1791.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Tammaros’ compassion inspiring

    I was driving around the county Monday looking for interesting holiday images to photograph when I got a call from the newsroom asking me to stop by an address on Allison Drive in Harriman where a fire had occurred Sunday afternoon.

    I expected to stop by the house, take the photo and head back to the office.

    When I got to the house it was apparent the home was a total loss. I also saw a vehicle parked in the driveway. I could have taken the photo and left but I noticed a couple of people in the garage.