Today's News

  • Hand in forms for free FluMist, flu vaccines

    Parents of students in the Roane County school system should have received a packet earlier this week detailing the offering of free flu vaccinations and FluMist to all students in pre-K through eighth grade.

    Parents and guardians are reminded to return the questionnaire and insurance information sheet to the school nurse as soon as possible.

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health and Roane County Health Department are offering the free immunizations, which will be administered on site at all elementary and middle schools in November.

  • Americanism essay contest open to grades 7-12

    Public and homeschooled students in grades 7-12 are eligible to enter Crossville Fleet Reserve Association Branch 294’s 2014-15 Americanism essay contest.

    The competition is part of a National Fleet Reserve Association contest offering a $5,000 grand prize.

    The Crossville branch will present a $50 minimum grand prize for each grade winner and will then submit that winning essay to the regional FRA, which also offers a grand prize of all its received entries in the region.

  • General Sessions Court: May 19-29, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    May 19
    — Lashayra M. Angel, domestic assault: dismissed.

    Travis Manis, possess unlawful drug paraphernalia -attempt: dismissed.

    • Leroy Thornton III, driving while license revoked: dismissed.

    • William Nicely, contributing to delinquency of a child: guilty. Possess firearm intent to go armed-dangerous felony: dismissed.

  • Roane County E-911: September Dispatches
  • Fall Happenings 2014


    • The second annual Senior Street Fair, a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority and Mid-East Community Action Agency, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 on West Rockwood Street, Rockwood, in front of Martin Manor Apartments. Music, an Elvis impersonator, a chili and cornbread competition for seniors, vendors, marshmallow roast, cake walks and other activities are planned. A warming center will be inside Martin Manor for those needing to get in from the cold.

  • Roane teams making playoff push


    With two weeks left in the regular season, teams all across Tennessee are still trying to make their way into the playoffs.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sensible folks won’t fall for GOP Ebola scare

    Gentle reader, it has been a principle of human existence that we as a species are superior to other life forms because of our intellectual superiority, our ability to analyze and think through things.

    Well, dear friend, recent days would seem to put all that principle in doubt. People who should be paragons of intellect and prowess of thought and analysis have displayed none of these characteristics.

  • Dream season ends for Lady Tigers in region tourney


    Rockwood's dream season came to a disappointing end Tuesday evening as the Lady Tigers were knocked off by Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), 9-1, in the Region 2 A/AA semifinals at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex.

  • Roane teams pick up wins in Eble tourney


    The 2014 Hollis Eble Tournament continued Tuesday at Oakdale School with five more games, including three involving Roane County teams.

  • The Garden Gate: This berry can weigh hundreds of pounds

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 24, 2012.

    Using pumpkins as jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween is an American idea — an adaption of the medieval custom of making lanterns out of hollowed-out turnips.

    Those in medieval England, Scotland and Ireland believed elves, ghosts and fairies haunted the Earth. It was customary to build huge bonfires to ward them off.