Today's News

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT by Charles Haynes

    Kim Davis, the now famous county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, is out of jail, back to work — and not interfering with the clerks in her office who are processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

    Davis, who objects to gay marriage on religious grounds, is apparently satisfied that removing her name and position from the licenses sufficiently guards her freedom of conscience.

    What better way to commemorate Constitution Week than with a good old-fashioned American compromise?

  • Roane man charged in brawl

    A Rockwood man was arrested for an altercation involving a handgun at a East Tennessee State University fraternity last Friday.

    Johnson City Police arrested Gary Taylor, 21, 107 Lilac Lane, Rockwood, and charged him with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
    “Shortly after midnight, officers responded to 734 W. Maple St., the Sigma Chi Fraternity, on the report of a disturbance,” a Johnson City Police Department release said.

  • Kudos big for readers

    Ridge View Elementary School students read a lot compared to many schools in the state — and they trump a lot of international schools.

    Ridge View students tackled the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge with gusto, reading  168,451 minutes over the summer and beginning of the school year.

    “This is our third year to do it, but it really took off this year,” said Robin Thompson, the school’s librarian.

    They were fifth in the state and also in the fifth percentile internationally when the competition drew to a close.

  • Harriman’s Curecia Kreis in Miss Tennessee Teen USA

    A Harriman teen is competing in the Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2016 competition at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

    Curecia Kreis, 17, will compete on Oct. 8-10.

    “I want to make a difference in someone else’s life, to show them even if you are from a small town anything is possible as long as you set your mind to it,” she said.

    The event is the preliminary for the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

  • Vandals cut electricity, spoil food at concession stand

    The power to the concession stand at Harriman High School was turned off by vandals over Labor Day weekend.

    The concession stand, which is the fundraiser for the Harriman High School Rhapsody in Blue marching band, has been vandalized before, according to officials.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said vandals at one point broke a handle on the door.

    “Maintenance went over there and reinforced the doors,” he said.

  • Midway misses out on upset

    A missed extra point and a 43-yard field goal try that barely went wide left the Midway Green Waves on the short end of a 7-6 decision Friday night against Oneida in a whale of a defensive battle at Midway.

    Both teams had each other scouted out almost perfectly. Midway did cut off the power running game of the Indians, while Oneida shut down Midway’s speed, and cut down the wide runs and also their passing attack.

    Oneida scored on a 40 yard-run from Zack King in the first quarter. Evan Roberts hit the point after to make the score 7-0.

  • Oliver Springs falls at Sweetwater, 41-20

    A team filled with youth showed improvement Friday night, but that wasn’t enough in the end, as Larry Green’s Oliver Springs Bobcats dropped a 41-20 decision in a Region 2-AA contest at Sweetwater.

    “The kids gave great effort tonight,” Green said following the game. “We’re young right now, but we’ll keep fighting, and we’ll keep getting better.”

  • CAK hands Kingston first loss, 35-14

    Kingston and Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) both entered Friday’s Class 3A, Region 2 game unbeaten. Only one could leave that way, and unfortunately for the home Yellow Jackets, it was CAK with a 35-14 victory.

    “We could never really get it going offensively,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said. “Against a team like that, you got to keep their offense off the field. We weren’t able to do that, and we came up short.”

  • Rams topple Tigers in OT, 34-27

    Rockwood’s hopes of winning the Region 2-AA regular season title took a major blow Friday night when the Tigers traveled to Karns and suffered a heartbreaking 37-27 loss to Grace Christian in overtime.

    “Our kids played their hind ends off out there tonight,” Tiger head coach John Webb said after the game.

    Rockwood fans, coaches and players left the field Friday night thinking an injustice had been done. With just over seven minutes remaining in the contest, Rockwood star Isiah Jones scored a touchdown to give the Tigers a 27-13 lead.

  • Fence to go up at Roane Academy

    Omni Visions has agreed to put a perimeter fence around Roane Academy.

    “Apparently, that was the commitment that was made early when this was under consideration, and I felt like we ought to fulfill it,” President and CEO Steve Norris said Friday.

    Omni Visions has a contract with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to house Level 3 male juveniles at Roane Academy, which is in the Roane County Industrial Park.