Today's News

  • Rockwood loses twice to visiting Cloudland

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Cloudland Highlanders’ 177-mile trip to Rockwood High School would prove to be a worthy one, as they swept the Tigers on their home court Monday night.
    Cloudland 36, Rockwood 34: The Rockwood Lady Tigers lost a last-second heartbreaker to the Cloudland Lady Highlanders by a score of 36-34 Monday night.

  • Rockwood swept in Tigers vs. Tigers rematch

    The Rockwood basketball teams dropped a pair of District 3A games Friday night to Meigs County in another Tigers vs. Tigers battle in the Dr.  TomEvans Gymnasium. The Meigs Lady Tigers defeated Rockwood 61-46 and the Meigs County Tigers bested Rockwood 65-39 to sweep the season series, after Meigs County won both games in Decatur on Dec. 9.
    Meigs County 61, Rockwood 46: "We made too many mistakes. I thought we ran out of gas and we couldn't knock down any shots," said Rockwood Coach Amy Breazeale.

  • Eight years later, and ‘everything is fine’

    Craig Zeller, a remedial project manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Division, oversaw cleanup of the TVA ash spill during the final years of the restoration.

    Zeller said this week that no problems have been detected at the site since the cleanup was completed in 2015.

    “Everything is functioning at the closed cell the way it was designed/constructed,” Zeller said via email. “Groundwater quality remains fine around the perimeter, etc.”

  • FIRES to fire

    Louis and Helen Tammaro left their Allison Drive Harriman home on Sunday morning for a drive up to the fire-ravaged area around Gatlinburg.

    “We thought we’d head up there and spend some money to help them recover from the fire,” said Helen Tammaro.

    Just a few hours later, they received a call from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office that they never expected.

    “The house was on fire,” she said.

  • Holiway decision helps make history

    Despite all the attention that came with it, Roane County’s Liz Holiway said she has no regrets serving as a member of the Electoral College.

    “I just thought it was awesome,” she said. “It was the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”

    Tennessee has 11 of the 538 electoral votes. Holiway and the state’s other 10 electors met in Nashville Monday morning and cast their ballots for Donald Trump as president and Mike Pence as vice president.

  • Drug plea given

    The man who walked into the Roane County Courthouse over the summer with suspected meth in the chest pocket of his shirt pleaded guilty to simple possession on Dec. 5.

    According to court records, Cody James Branham was sentenced to supervised probation for 12 months and ordered to make a $500 contribution to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office drug fund.

    “Jail sentence (suspended) except 30 days with credit,” court records said.

    The incident that led to the charge happened on July 12.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Balanced election system works

    The Electoral College has cast its votes for the 2016 presidential campaign, and we now have a legitimately elected president.

    Late in the election cycle there was talk about a “rigged” system. We heard a lot about the importance of accepting the results of the election.

    We were reminded, rightfully so, that to not accept the results of the election would be a dangerous threat to the foundation of our country.

  • GLIMPSES: Growing up with Kingston’s Santa


    Thirty-one years ago last week, a letter from Santa Claus arrived at our home in Albuquerque, N.M. Addressed to our 5-year-old daughter Tollie, its return address was “North Pole Village, 37763-0070.”

    Santa reminded Tollie that Christmas celebrates Jesus’ message of love and inquired what she had done to help “someone else have a good Christmas this year?”

  • Celebrating ORNL Credit Union’s new look