Today's News

  • State says Roane’s schools exemplary

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins could hardly contain herself on Thursday.

    “I asked the principals if they heard me squeal from central office about my excitement around this,” she said.

    The excitement had to do with Roane County Schools being designated as an exemplary school district for the 2016-17 school year.

  • Teen indicted for shooting soldier

    A Roane County grand jury returned a true bill for reckless homicide for the Harriman teen accused of killing his sister’s boyfriend on Aug. 28, 2016.

    Jacob Kinney, 16, is accused of shooting MarStratton Gordon, a U.S. Army soldier who was at the Kinney home visiting Amber Kinney.

    Roane County Juvenile Judge Terry Stevens bound the case over to criminal court this summer.

    “It went from being bound over as second-degree murder to being indicted as D-felony reckless homicide,” said District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

  • CMS title bound by way of air

    By Melissa Coley


    Two big pass plays by Cherokee’s Kain Collins were all the Jackets offense needed to secure a spot in next week’s championship game against Jacksboro that will be played at Campbell County High School on October 28th at 6 P.M.

    “We need all the support we can get next week as we play them (Jacksboro) in their own backyard” says Cherokee head coach Brent Kelley.

  • Rockwood runs all over Wartburg

    By Taylor Crombie


    The Rockwood Tigers ran all over Wartburg in the semifinal round of the playoffs Thursday night to take a 30-0 win and shut out the Bulldogs for the second time this year.

    While the Tigers regularly ended up behind the chains, they were also consistently able to overcome thanks to the speed of Jaiden Hannibal and Dakota Waldo.

  • OSMS comes from behind for win

    The Oliver Springs Middle Bobcats gained a berth in the title game with a 22-20 win against the Oneida Middle Indians at Dr. M. E. Thompson Field Thursday evening.

    “It was as exciting as any I have been part of,” Bobcats Coach Buster Brown said, “It was a total team effort from the coaching staff to every member of our football team.

    “It was a bunch of unselfish kids trying get more points than the other team and that’s exactly what we did.”

  • Cherokees too much for Midway

    By Damichael Cole


    On Friday night, the Midway Green Wave traveled to take on the Greenback Cherokees, who have been on a roll.

    Over the last three weeks, the Midway offense hasn’t been as productive as they were early in the season. While they scored 37 or more in four of their first five games, they haven’t reached those gaudy numbers in the last four weeks.

    That streak continued against the Cherokees.

    The Cherokees defeated the Green Wave 63-14 on their senior night.

  • Bobcats fall in hard fought game

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats met rival Coalfield Friday night at D.J. Brittan Field for the first time in three years and despite losing 41-21, the game was much closer than the score showed.

    After the last Coalfield touchdown in the first half, a 10-yard strike from quarterback Parker McKinney to Drake Miklas that made the score 20-0 the Jackets looked to have the Bobcats on the ropes with 49 second left before halftime.

    Oliver Springs didn’t get that memo.

  • Rockwood blanks Hancock County

    The Rockwood Tigers scored early and often Friday night in rolling to a 47-0 victory over Hancock County in Sneedville.

    “We came out tonight and did what we had to do,” Rockwood head coach John Webb said after watching his Tigers improve to 6-3 on the season.

    “We executed and our kids played hard, which is very important for us.

    Rockwood was never threatened Friday. The Tigers scored on every possession except those to end the first and second halves.

  • Blue Devils go out on hight note

    By Melissa Coley


    The Harriman Blue Devils finished the regular season Friday night with a 48-20 win against the Oakdale Eagles at Wallace Black Field in Harriman.

    The Blue Devils quickly bounced back with a little “old school” football with ten straight running plays that ended with Jayden Prater crossing the goal line followed by the PAT to give Harriman a 7-6 lead with 7:02 left in the first quarter.

  • Kingston gets senior night win

    By Brittani Barger


    The Kingston Yellow Jackets defeated the Pigeon Forge Tigers Friday night 30-14 in their last home game of the season.

    Pigeon Forge won the toss and elected to receive to start the game with Christian Ogle on the return. The Tigers began the game on their 27-yard line. Their first series would result in a punt giving the ball to Kingston on their 30.