Today's News

  • 8,000-plus expected at Windrock Spring Jamboree

    A convoy of all-terrain vehicles and RVs will be making their way to Oliver Springs starting Thursday for Windrock Park’s 2016 Spring Jamboree.

    “It’s a lot of fun,” Windrock Park General Store Manager Connie Wadley said. “People get real excited for this. We’ve got mud bogs that people really like along with drag races and guided rides.

    “This is a good way for people to meet other people that enjoy doing the same thing. It’s also very family-oriented. The whole family can enjoy this.”

  • Treatment byproduct traces in HUB, Roane Central water

    Trihalomethanes are a byproduct of disinfecting water that can be cause for concern if they reach certain levels.

    Harriman Utility Board’s single violation in this year’s water quality report was related to the locational running annual average of trihalomethane levels being at 80.93 parts per billion at one testing location in 2014.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level is 80 parts per billion.

  • Harriman paving two streets in public housing developments

    Harriman City Council is now looking to pave two city streets in the Harriman Housing Authority public housing communities.

    Bennett Circle and Crestview Avenue have been added to the list of roads city officials hope to pave with a portion of $2 million in money the city borrowed.

    “I’m very excited for us and the residents,” said Amy Hall, Harriman Housing Authority director.

    “It’s going to make the city look better.”

  • Sitzlar ‘ready now’ for director

    Shelia Sitzlar recalls getting a phone call four years ago from then outgoing Roane County director of schools Toni McGriff.

    “She said, ‘Are you going to apply for that job?’” Sitzlar remembers. “I said, ‘No,’ and she said, ‘Why not?’ I said, ‘Because I’m not ready.’”

    Sitzlar, the principal at Kingston Elementary School, doesn’t feel that way anymore.

    She was one of three people the Roane County Board of Education interviewed for the director of schools job on Monday.


    Two teens escaped from Roane Academy on Monday.

    Omni Visions President and CEO Steve Norris said they got away by climbing over the perimeter fence.

    “It’s unfortunate and I hate it, but it is what it is,” Norris said.

    The incident was reported to dispatch at 2:19 p.m.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded and apprehended one of the escapees at 3:18 p.m. The other was captured at 4:20 p.m.

  • Lady Waves finish 6-1 in Gibbs Tournament

    The Midway Lady Waves softball team finished 6-1 in the Knox Gibbs Tournament over the weekend in Knoxville.
    Midway defeated Pigeon Forge 15-0; East Hamilton 11-1; Seymour 7-0; Chatanooga Central 2-0; St. Benedict at Auburndale 5-1; and Hendersonville 4-2, before losing to GPS 3-2.

    Midway 15, Pigeon Forge 0: Raygn Hall and Peyton Kelley combined to no-hit Pigeon Forge, striking out seven to pitch a three-inning perfect game. Hall was the winning pitcher to open the tournament Friday night.

  • Harriman, Oakdale split Region 2A baseball games

    The Harriman Blue Devils hosted the Eagles of Oakdale on Friday night in a doubleheader. The two teams were supposed to meet earlier in the season, but weather caused that to be delayed.

    The teams played two five inning games.

    The Eagles won the first game, 4-3, with the pitching duo of Brady Bingham and Justin Moore.

    Harriman won the second game, 11-2, behind the pitching of Alex Wampler.

    Oakdale 4, Harriman 3: The Blue were unable to get things going in the first inning, as Bingham and the Eagles made easy work.

  • Rockwood, Tellico Plains split district softball games Monda

    The Rockwood Lady Tiger softball team split a pair of District 3A games at Tellico Plains, dropping the first game 6-0 and taking the nightcap 6-5.

    Tellico Plains 6, Rockwood 0: Tellico Plains took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and extended the lead to 5-0 with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, sparked by Caitlin Morgan's RBI single and Bailey Hunt's three-run double.

    The Lady Bears added a solo run in the bottom of the fourth inning for the 6-0 final score.

    Karlee Bowling singled, and Courtney Denny tripled for the Lady Tigers.

  • Rockwood baseball team beats Sale Creek for fifth streak win

    The Rockwood Tigers improved their record to 10-8 with a 15-5 victory over Sale Creek Friday evening at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex. This was Rockwood's fifth-straight victory.

    Coach Jacob Witter used three pitchers in the contest. Austin Lloyd worked four innings, allowing three runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks, while Austin Orr tossed one inning to pick up the win, allowing two runs on two hits with one walk. Will Warner pitched one inning.

    Rockwood scored 15 runs on 13 hits and nine walks.

  • Meet and greet for new RHS basketball coach scheduled Thursday at 5 p.m.

    Rockwood High School will have a meet and greet for new Tiger basketball coach Daniel Curtis at 5 p.m. in the school library.

    According to Kevin Kiser of the Advocate and Democrat, Curtis completed his sixth year at Sequoyah High School, posting a 95-73 record and has an overall mark of 139-106. He won five District 5AA championships and one 5AA Tournament title and was 5AA Coach of the Year three times (2010, 2015, 2016).