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Today's News

  • Rockwood’s Blake wins at Lake Cumberland tourney

    Rockwood’s Derrick Blake accomplished one of his biggest dreams when he joined the ranks of other big time fishermen this year.

    Blake made $10,000 recently with a 33rd place finish in the Fishing League Worldwide tournament on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky the weekend of April 6.

    “This year is my rookie year on the professional level,” said Blake.

  • Police cite woman with animal cruelty charges

    Kayley M. Ennis, a 25-year-old Harriman woman, was cited for animal cruelty last month.

    According to the report, animal control received a call about some dogs that had been abandoned at 1719 Ruritan Road.

    Animal Control Officer Jeffery Smith said they found two dogs in “very poor” condition when they arrived at the residence. One was a male Wolf Hound and the other was a female Pekingese.

  • Smith leaving 9th Judicial District, joining the 5th

    One of the lead attorneys on the Shawn Smoot case is no longer prosecuting cases in the 9th Judicial District.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith resigned to take a job with the 5th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in Blount County.

    Smith graduated from Carson-Newman University, and received her law degree from the Lincoln Memorial University John Duncan School of Law.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What Sean Spicer really meant to say, but didn’t

    As regular readers know, the old curmudgeon has a penchant for defending even unpopular folks when the thundering herd of shallow thinkers, or non-thinkers, make false or misleading statements about them, or misinterpret their statements. As we recall we have done this for Dr. Ben Carson, The Donald, and several others in the past.

  • Kingston takes second Rockwood Tournament

    The Kingston Lady Jackets finished second in the Rockwood Invitational Tournament played over the weekend at the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex and losing to Union County 2-0 in the championship game.
    “We played as hard as we could,” said Kingston Coach Ruth Thompson. “We played great all weekend and hit the ball really really well.  They never quit and played hard every single inning.”

  • Kingston drops two games in Oak Ridge

    The Kingston Yellow Jacket baseball team dropped a pair of games in Oak Ridge Friday, losing 7-5 to Daniel Boone and 7-6 to William Blount.
    Daniel Boone 7, Kingston 5: The Yellow Jackets scored once in the top of the second, but Daniel Boone scored five for the 5-1 lead; however, Kingston retaliated with a four-run third inning to tie the game at 5-5. Daniel Boone scored solo runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to seal the victory.

  • Rockwood finishes second place in the Yellow Jacket Classic

    The Rockwood Tigers finished second in the Yellow Jacket Classic over the weekend at Lookout Valley.
    The Tigers lost 6-4 to Silverdale Academy in the championship Saturday evening, after beating both Cascade 6-5 and Lookout Valley 13-2 on Friday.
    Silverdale 6, Rockwood 4: Silverdale scored two runs each in the first and fourth innings for a 4-0 lead, but the Tigers tied the game at 4-4 with two-spots in both the sixth and seventh innings. Silverdale scored two in the top of the eighth for the victory.

  • Five high schools — what now?

    One of the items on the agenda for Thursday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting is a “discussion of direction” for Lewis Group Architects.

    When the school board abandoned its one high school plan on April 6, it also voted to “have the Lewis Group prepare a rough order of magnitude estimate for the needs of each high school.”

    “I think the cheapest option is to take care of the needs of our five high schools,” Board Vice Chairman Rob Jago said at the April 6 meeting.

  • Early projections indicate no tax hike for county

    Roane County property tax rates could remain the same for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Work putting together the budget is underway, and officials said Tuesday that they don’t anticipate an increase in the tax rates.

    “We’re just getting into the general fund, but we won’t anticipate a tax increase,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who also chairs the Budget Committee.

  • Going for eggstras