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Today's News

  • Midway defense comes up big in Round 1 win

    For possibly the first time this season, the Midway Green Wave defense may have bailed out the offense in their 49-15 win over Grace Christian Academy Friday night in the first round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs.

    The high powered Grace passing offense had put up some pretty good numbers the past few weeks, but Midway’s defense stepped it up a notch by forcing eight sacks and the defensive backs picked off three more passes to choke off much of the Rams momentum.

  • 'Dropout factories' dropping off list

    Local school officials have plenty of allies in their dismay about a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

    A Google search of the term “dropout factory” reveals pages and pages of stories on the Internet of schools across the country disputing the findings of the study.

    Dropout factory was the label Johns Hopkins researchers gave high schools whose graduating classes were 60 percent or less the size the same class was when it entered the high school.

  • Gas spike hits hard

    Feeling like your pockets are being drained at the pump?

    You aren’t alone. Heading into the weekend, Tennesseans were paying around $3 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.

    “There’s a lot going on right now, and none of it is real good as far as gas prices are concerned,” said Don Lindsey, a spokesman with AAA East Tennessee.

    Last year about now, the average price of regular unleaded gas in Tennessee was $2.08.

  • Roane State women coast past Bryan College

    Todd Wright’s Roane State Raiderettes ran their season record to 2-0 Monday evening with an easy 86-37 victory at Bryan College.

    The Raiderettes jumped out to a 41-21 halftime lead and never looked back as building depth was the No. 1 priority for Roane State on this night.

    “This game was a chance to get my bench players a lot of playing time,” Roane State head coach Todd Wright said. “The starters for the most part only played about 10 to 12 minutes. The game was very balanced in scoring which was good for the team.”

  • Oliver Springs Middle wins AA title

    It’s not how you start but how you finish that’s important and the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats finished the 2007 season in style Saturday afternoon as they downed Cherokee 22-0 in the East Tennessee Class AA Championship game.

    “I’m real proud of these kids,” Bobcat head coach Larry Green said. “They worked really hard to win this championship and beat a good Cherokee team.”

  • Changing of the guard

    Celebrating the lives of deceased veterans and honoring their families is something that the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard feels privileged to do.

    “It’s our way of giving back to society,” said Lloyd Turner of Kingston, commander for the group of volunteers.

    But some of the veterans in the group are growing too old to hold up to the rigors of rifle salutes and standing at attention.

    Group leaders say it is time to recruit more volunteers.

  • Riverboat official seeks deferment from Kingston

    The Watts Bar Belle is chugging along — but not at the pace its investors had anticipated.

    Dave Westberg approached the Kingston City Council last month to tell them about his current financial woes.

    After providing city officials with financial statements, he was back again at a council workshop this week.

    He asked for help from the city, which is where the Watts Bar Belle is docked.

  • Roane State women open with home win

    For the Roane State Raiderettes, Saturday afternoon’s game against the visiting Spartanburg Methodist College Lady Pioneers proved that the old adage “There’s no place like home” rings very true as the Raiderettes raided the Lady Pioneers for a hard-fought 67-61 season opening victory.

    In the first half, both teams were engaged in a proverbial tug-of-war but the Raiderettes jumped out to a 34-27 first half lead on the strength of a 12-3 run during one stretch of the opening half.

  • Playoff season begins Friday

    TSSAA’s second football season starts Friday night as first round playoffs action starts across the state.

    Three teams from Roane County will also start their second season as Rockwood travels to Gatlinburg-Pittman in the first round of the Class AA playoffs while Harriman visits Cloudland in Class A. Midway will be the only Roane County team that hosts a playoff game this week as the Green Wave will entertain Grace Christian Academy.

    Harriman (5-5)

    at Cloudland (7-3)

  • Coalfield secures County Crown & playoff berth

    SUNBRIGHT - Coalfield saved its best for last. The Jackets captured a convincing 35-0 victory at Sunbright to give them their fourth straight Morgan County Championship and secure another trip to the playoffs.

    Coalfield (5-5, 3-3 in Region 2-A) notched the first shutout of the season, defeated Sunbright for the seventh straight time and spoiled senior night for the Tigers.