Today's News

  • Two boys from Loudon County found in Rockwood


    Two Loudon County boys were found, thanks to Rockwood Police this weekend.

    Officers Jared Hall and Charles Haubrich were praised by Rockwood Police Department for finding 13-year-old Justin Brafford and 10-year-old Thomas Reece over the weekend. An East Tennessee Endangered Child Alert was issued for Loudon County Sheriff’s Office for the boys after they disappeared, last being seen at their home in Lenoir City 10:15 p.m. May 1.

  • Students exposed to perils of drunk driving
  • Kingston firefighters dive into new line of rescue work

    Kingston Fire Department expects to be ready to jump right in if a water emergency happens at this year’s Fourth of July festival.

    A group of firefighters have been training to be rescue divers and are well on their way to being certified this summer.

    They’ll be the first diving team in Roane County, officials said.

    “Ten members will be certified,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon. “They are doing their classes now. They’ll be certified by July 4.”

  • Doug Wilson — pharmacist, Democrat civic leader — dies

    Doug Wilson, who died Wednesday at age 72, was not just a well-known Rockwood pharmacist.

    The operator of the former Wilson’s Drug Store and civic leader was a cherished member of the community.

    Denny Fritts said he was an old family friend.

    “We all did business with him at his store, and we all had a line of credit,” Fritts said. “I worked as an independent contractor, and I didn’t have insurance, but Doug never failed to give the kids or me whatever we needed.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Can we all quit playing, ‘Let’s pretend?’

    Gentle reader, when we were very young, and radio was the thing, there was a children’s programme called “Let’s Pretend,” featuring stories calling on the young listeners to leave their everyday world, use their imaginations and enter into a world of fantasy and make-believe.

  • VFW golf tournament to be held at Emory

    Emory Golf Course in Harriman will host the V.F.W. Tim Biles Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 16. Three person, bring your own team. There will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $80 per player, $240 per team. For more information on the event, including registration, contact Emory Golf Course at 865-882-9977.

  • Rockwood tennis players named All-District

    Rockwood’s team had five members selected to this year’s All-District team. Drake Long was selected to the team one singles squad. Meanwhile, Jared Lemons was selected to the team two singles team. The only girl selected from Rockwood was Alex Patterson, who was named to the team two singles team. In doubles, Tanner Green and Josh Spurling were named to the second team. Lemons, Patterson, Shelley Edwards, Madison Mioduski, Christina Long and Blayke Kelley all made it to the district tournament.

  • Three Roane County schools land players on District 3-A All-District softball team

    The following student-athletes were selected to the 2015 Region 2, District 3-A All-District softball team: Katie Hall (Harriman), Taylor Sells (Harriman), Payton Kelley (Midway), Abby Higgins (Midway), Jayde Rose (Midway), Kallie Sohm (Midway), Raygn Hall (Midway), Darian Green (Rockwood) and Baylee Young (Midway).

  • Midway picks up back-to-back wins over Harriman

    The Lady Green Waves have now picked up two wins over Harriman in two days.

    Midway picked up a 6-2 over the Lady Devils on Thursday night in the regular season finale.

    On the following night, the Lady Waves held on for a 9-4 win in the first round of the District 3-A tournament.

    Midway finishes the regular season with a record of 12-8. Meanwhile, Harriman finished the season 4-13.

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  • Roane County Isshin-Ryu travels to national tournament

    Roane County was represented by the Roane School of Isshin-Ryu karate at the recent International Isshin-Ryu Karate Association Nationals Tournament in Manchester.

    “This is a prestigious tournament within the Isshin-Ryu system, and is attended by Isshin-Ryu practitioners from throughout the region,” said Grandmaster Tommy True. “Our people always distinguish themselves from other participants through the strength of their performance and their attitude.”