Today's News

  • Facebook school scare washes out

    An out-of-state Facebook threat caused a stir in Rockwood on Thursday.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the threat was directed toward Rockwood High School.

    Aytes said it was posted on Facebook for about two or three minutes Wednesday night before it was taken down.

    “We were down there today (Thursday) to make sure that it wasn’t credible,” he said.

    Aytes said school resource officers, along with the Rockwood and Harriman police departments ,looked into the incident.

  • New soccer fields may be added near sports complex

    Rockwood officials threw their support behind using space at the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex to develop two to three new soccer fields.

    The Rockwood City Council passed a resolution to support the development of soccer fields in the future, “as long as all city-paid expenses are within the city’s budget.”

    For now, officials are saying, the city won’t be spending a dime.

  • Litter magic
  • Former fighter pilot finds new ways to serve

    Special to the Roane County News

    Roane County resident Greg Paulus is a Top Gun. He earned that distinction flying F4 fighters for the Air Force.

    In fact, he did it twice.

    He was operational in five different aircraft — a rarity itself.

    After serving his country, he found a way, through his business, to serve people with disabilities.

  • Accused rapist had served years in prior case

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said one of the obstacles in sex crime prosecutions is the testimony of young victims.

    That was a factor in a prior case involving Matthew Brandon Hall, a registered sex offender who now is accused of raping two Roane County teens.

    “Keep in mind that under both the U.S. Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution, all persons charged with crimes are entitled to confront and cross-examine their accusers in open court and in front of the jury,” Johnson said.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP to poor says: Let ’em suffer; Let ’em die

    The events of last week brought to mind an oft posed question from our old friend, the late Stanley Staples.

  • Kingston falls to Sequoyah on senior night

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets did battle on Senior Night, Monday, against the Sequoyah Chiefs.

    Sadly for the Jackets, Kingston came up just short in their final game of the regular season, 71-68.

    With the loss, the Yellow Jackets finish the season winless in district play.

    The Jackets (10-17, 0-8 District 4-AA) came out hot against the Chiefs, jumping out to a quick 7-1 lead. However, the Chiefs (13-12, 7-1 District 5-AA) would respond with a 7-1 run of their own and knot the game up at 8.

  • Lady Jackets lets Lady Chiefs slip away with win

    Monday night was the last home game of the regular season for the Kingston Lady Jackets, as the Sequoyah Lady Chiefs came to town and walked away with a 48-33 win.

    This marked the fifth straight win for the Lady Chiefs (14-10, 6-2 District 5-AA) and the third straight loss for the Lady Jackets (14-13, 4-4 District 4-AA).

  • Midway, Rockwood split regular season finale

    The Rockwood Tigers claimed fifth place in district 3-A with a 44-39 win over Midway Monday night.

    The Midway Lady Waves cruised to a 48-37 win over Rockwood and they will be at Harriman Thursday night. Rockwood will be playing at Tellico Thursday night in their first round tournament game. Rockwood is 2-10 in district 3A.


  • Tennesseans paying 12 cents more at the pump

    Tennessee motorists saw pump prices jump more than a dime last week.

    Both the national and state average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 12 cents in seven days.

    “Gas prices increased due to a series of refinery issues in the Midwest and a rise in crude oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA, The Auto Club Group.

    “Gasoline and oil prices quickly rose mid-week, but stabilized through the weekend.”