Today's News

  • Oliver Springs looking to rebound

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats travel to Tazewell tonight to take on the Claiborne County Bulldogs in a non-region contest for week six.

    The old saying goes, “a little rain must fall,” or at least it’s something like that.

    Nobody said it would be easy and for the Bobcats, the first half of the season has been anything but.

    Losing players for a few games due to injury and playing what is considered one of the toughest schedules in 1A football, it has been an uphill battle for the Bobcats.

  • Green Wave returns to action

    By Jason Perry


    The Midway Green Wave will be back in action tonight after an open week as they host the Tellico Plains Bears at Midway.

    The Green Wave went into their off week on the strength of a three game winning streak and a 50-22 thrashing of the Unaka Rangers.

    “You never know until you play the next game,” Midway Coach Ryen Minton said, “in high school football, momentum could peter out in two plays or it can sustain you.

  • Kingston faces Stone tonight

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets will host the Stone Memorial Panthers tonight in Kingston in a non-region match-up for week six.

    The Jackets are coming off a big 34-20 win against the Norhview Academy Cougars last Friday. The win is all the more impressive when it is taken into account that Northview scored all of its points before Kingston even touched the ball in the game.

    The Jackets put together a balanced attack through the air and on the ground in coming back to take the win.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Break the silence on suppressors

    Last year I wrote about why I thought the Tennessee General Assembly should pass a bill called “constitutional carry” that would have legalized carry of a firearm without a license.

    It’s not because I think everybody should be carrying a gun.

  • GOING with the FLO: Find a way to become informed, get involved


    This past weekend, I listened to Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin’s urgency as he stressed the dangers we are facing today and how he feels that America has one last, best chance.

    God raised Donald Trump up for “such a time as this” just as he did Winston Churchill, by using him to save the world in World War II.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Almost all of us were white supremacists once

    Gentle reader, not quite a month has passed since we wrote bemoaning the growth of ignorance and the accompanying spread of efforts to “unknow” our real and actual history, and to foist off upon us an ersatz version of that history. We suppose that this is just another aspect of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts”.

    We encountered such an effort to recite supposed history in a recent letter to the editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel (13 Sept.) wherein the correspondent writes:

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next week.

    Commodity foods will be distributed in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

    The following day, Sept. 29, is when Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up foods. That schedule is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


    In a 3-2 decision filed Wednesday, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld two lower court decisions that tossed out Tom McFarland’s complaint over the 2014 circuit court judge election.

    McFarland lost the race to Mike Pemberton. After the defeat, he sought to have the results voided by filing a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court.

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and the Court of Appeals determined the complaint was time-barred. The Supreme Court agreed.

  • Griffin out at animal shelter

    Director John Griffin is no longer with the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “He’s still employed for a time period,” County Executive Ron Woody said Thursday, “but not at the shelter.”

    He added, “He won’t go back to the shelter.”

    Woody said a number of things led to the decision.

    For many rescue groups, it is cause for celebration. Members of those groups have complained Griffin did not do enough to work with others to relieve the facility’s overcrowding issues.

  • ‘I hate Valentine’s Day’

    Tabatha Clark’s life changed forever on Valentine’s Day. So much so that she dreads when Feb. 14 rolls around.

    “I hate Valentine’s Day now,” Tabatha said.

    Tabatha and her family were victims in an automobile wreck that occurred on Feb. 14, 2015, on Highway 70 in Midtown. Robin Ledbetter, a prescription drug addict in a stupor, crashed into them head-on.

    Tabatha and her son Leaf survived, but husband Terrance was killed.