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Today's News

  • Kingston’s Woody revs up fans at Tennessee home games

    When Keelie Woody was growing up in Kingston, she dreamed of one day being a cheerleader for the University of Tennessee Spirit Team.

    She’s now living out that dream — Vols fans can look for her on the sidelines Saturday, when she’ll be one of a select few leading the cheers against Florida in front of a sellout crowd at Neyland Stadium.

  • Pills proving deadly over past 8 months

    There were 19 confirmed overdose deaths in Roane County in 2015.

    The numbers this year haven’t given officials a reason to feel better about the problem.

    According to information provided by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, 15 people had died from overdoses in Roane County through the end of August. Four of those were confirmed and the final determination on the others were still pending.

  • Vehicular homicide parolee jailed for alleged violation

    Bryan K. Howard feared his July arrest would jeopardize his parole on a vehicular homicide sentence. Those concerns may have been justified.

    Howard was booked into the Roane County Jail on a Tennessee Department of Correction parole violation warrant on Sept. 14.

    “Parole violation warrants are non-bondable,” said Melissa McDonald, communications director for the Tennessee Board of Parole. “That means Mr. Howard will remain in jail until a revocation hearing can be held for him.”

    That could take a while.

  • Unbeatens square off at Harriman

    The 2016 season has been a special one to date for the Harriman Blue Devils. Travis Tapp's squad has already beaten arch rivals Kingston and Rockwood in the same season for the first time in 30 years.
    Those games were big, but this week's game is actually bigger, as the Blue Devils host Coalfield in what might be the biggest Class 1A game in Tennessee this week. Both teams are undefeated, Harriman 5-0 and Coalfield 6-0, and it's also a region contest for both teams.

  • Coalfield at Harriman is week 7 headliner

    The seventh week of the high school football season is here and this week is the biggest so far for Roane County's five teams, as all five will be taking on region competition.
    The biggest game on the schedule this week take places at Harriman, as the Blue Devils host Coalfield in a Region 2-1A battle of unbeaten teams.
    Another big Region 2-1A game takes place in Campbell County. That's where Midway will look to keep its playoff chances alive when they take on Jellico.
    In Region 2-2A, Rockwood and Oliver Springs both have big games on Friday.

  • Week seven looms big for county teams

    Week seven is big  for Roane County football teams, as they will be playing region games — Coalfield at Harriman, Grace at Rockwood, Oliver Springs at Austin-East and Kingston at Scott.
    The Coalfield at Harriman will be a battle of unbeatens in Region 2-1A, as the Yellow Jackets (2-0, 6-0) travel to Wallace Black Field to face Travis Tapp's Blue Devils (1-0, 5-0). Coalfield is ranked seventh in this week's Class A poll, while Greenback is ranked third.

  • Kingston, Midway cross country teams run in Victor Ashe meet

    The Kingston and Midway cross country teams competed in the Ashe Park All-Comers Meet Sept. 22 at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville. The meet was hosted by Metro Knoxville Cross Country.
    The Yellow Jackets finished 16th with 363 points, while the Midway boys were 21st with 606 points. Alcoa won with 94 points. The Lady Waves were 11th with 273 points behind L&N Stem Academy (47).

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Dems, GOP find common ground

    After years of partisan bickering that has brought our government to a dysfunctional standoff, Congressional Republicans and Democrats this week actually found something they could agree on.

    The House of Representatives voted 376-76 and the Senate voted 97-1 to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

    The vote gives families of Sept. 11, 2001, victims and future victims of terror acts the right to sue the foreign governments responsible for sponsoring the terrorism.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Are Trumpsters really Republicans? Really?

    In the continued obliteration of locally owned business in this area, the latest casualty appears to be Citizens National Bank, headquartered in our neighboring McMinn County seat of Athens, with branches here in Roane County

    A few days ago, I received a copy of a letter to depositors from Paul G. Willson, Chairman, and member of the founding family, announcing a merger with Simmons Bank, and last week I received a 58 page booklet concerning the details of this merger and its effects on depositors.

  • Hill breaks Lady Tiger scoring mark

    After a week off, the Lady Tigers took to the field against Monroe County and distriact foe Tellico Plains to conclude their five-game homestead Monday night at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex
    The match held significant meaning as Lexie Hill broke the Rockwood girls soccer all-time scoring record once held by Katy Cisson. Lexie HIll has three more games to take over the record for number of goals scored in a season by a Lady Tiger, which is currently held by Cisson also.