Today's News

  • Midway football team honored Sunday

    The Midway Green Wave football team was treated with an awards luncheon Jan. 15 in the school cafeteria.
    Coach Ryen Minton thanked the sponsors, the administration, Mike Hayes (PA announcer), the chain gang, Stacy Burton and Alisha Thompson, his coaching staff, the water girls, film crew and the parents for their support this season.
    His coaches were Gabe Patterson, Lewis Edwards, Justin O'Toole, Tommy DeFoe, Jean-Paul Holt, Daniel Matherly and Derrick Marlowe. His managers were Katie Lewis, Emma Hill, Sierra Sharp and Maddie Hill.

  • Harriman football team recognized Jan. 14

    The 7-4 Harriman Blue Devil football held its annual football banquet Jan. 14 in the cafeteria.
    The Blue Devils accomplished something no other Harriman team had done since 1986, defeat Kingston and Rockwood in the season. Coach Travis Tapp was on the '86 team.
    Harriman set a school record in 2015, averaging 37 points per game with a solid running attack and first-year quarterback Joe Pace.
    Fast forward to 1916, under second-year quarterback and a new spread offense, Harriman broke their 2015 record, averaging 38 points per game.

  • Harriman’s Clark to play in Border Bowl

    Harriman senior Hunter Clark will represent the Blue Devils on the gridiron one last time.

    The all-state lineman has been selected to the Border Bowl All-Star Football game Saturday at Sevier County High School.

    “It’s a big honor,” Clark said before the first of three practices on Thursday. “I’m glad they called me to come out.”
    The game pits some of the best players from Tennessee and Kentucky. Starting on Wednesday, players chosen will practice six times in three days before taking the field on Saturday. 

  • Weed woes may hurt tax base

    One of the biggest issues related to the eradication of invasive weeds on the rivers and lakes of Roane County is the question of who should pay for it.

    Over the several years that the weeds have become a problem, private property owners have been contracting with companies that specialize in treating weeds. These efforts, which come at a cost of several hundred to almost a thousand dollars per acre, have had limited success.

  • Pickup falls on Rockwood resident

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was injured Saturday when the pickup truck he was working on fell on him.

    Timothy Kindrick, 57, was working underneath the truck when it fell at the 145 Garfield St. residence in Rockwood.

    Detail call sheets from Roane County E-911 indicate that Kindrick was moved from underneath the truck before emergency responders arrived and was blue, gasping for air.

    He had been on his side underneath the vehicle, described as a large four-door, full-sized four-wheel-drive Ford pickup truck.


    Roane County Sheriff’s Detective Art Wolff has a special bond with his dog, Katana.

    That bond pays off when it comes to helping law enforcement find a suspect on the lam or when looking for a missing person or human remains.

    “You develop that bond,” he explained. “In some ways, it becomes a closer bond than between many human beings.

    “When that dog will go through fire for you without hesitation, after they have done that the first time and you see that it just makes that bond even closer,” Wolff said.

  • Trials to include ‘shocking, gruesome’ photos

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death have new trial dates.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton set Matthew Dotson’s trial date for April 17 at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Concerns have been expressed that the parties could have a difficult time finding an impartial jury made up of Roane County residents. If that’s the case, the trial will be moved to Loudon County and start on April 20.

  • ‘Miracle Worker’ auditions planned Feb. 6

    Knoxville Children’s Theatre will have auditions on Feb. 6 for the upcoming stage production of “The Miracle Worker.”

    This classic play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller.

    Auditions will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre at 109 E. Churchwell Ave., Knoxville.

    Auditions are by appointment only.

    Six prospective actors can be seen at each half-hour appointment time; a maximum of 42 actors will be seen.