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Today's News

  • New year, new coach, new Vols!

    The New Year has begun and it’s probably the best thing that could happen to the University of Tennessee football team.

    I hate to be the one to say it, but Tennessee had their worst season in the history of the program. 2018 could be a lot better for Tennessee, but it also could be another rebuilding year for football.

    I know people are probably thinking that we have had like 12-13 years of rebuilding or whatever but it true to a point. 2017 was 100% not good when it came to the pigskin.

  • Green Wave can’t slow Bulldogs

    By Taylor Crombie

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Wartburg Middle swept the visiting Midway Lady Waves and Green Wave in Thursday nights’ district matchup. The Lady Bulldogs came back in the fourth quarter for the 43-31 win, while the Bulldogs took control of the game early to cruise to a 48-38 victory.

    The Lady Bulldogs got off to a hot start and outscored the Lady Waves 12-6 in the opening frame. Olivia Davis led the charge for Wartburg with seven points.

  • Early run pushes Yellow Jackets over Bobcats

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets hit the floor running and didn’t look back on the way to a 74-24 non-district win against the Oliver Springs Bobcats Thursday night at the Roane County High School gym.

    “I thought our starters came out with a bunch of energy tonight and played really well early,” Kingston Coach Colt Narramore said. “It allowed us to get a bunch of our guys in.

    “We were able to get some freshmen some playing time, so it was a good night for us.”

  • Kingston out shoots Oliver Springs

    The Kingston Lady Jackets got off to a fast start against the visiting Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats and never looked back on the way to a 71-30 win Thursday evening at Roane County High School gym.

    “It was a big win,” Kingston Coach Connie Guinn said. “We’ve had a rough couple of weeks, going 0-4 in the last four games.

    “We practiced on some things this week and I was very pleased most of all with our effort tonight.”

    The Lady Jackets took advantage of aggressive defense to set up their quick strike offense.

  • Jobless numbers still low

    Even though Roane and 89 other Tennessee counties saw slight increases in unemployment rates in November, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said rates remain low across the state.

    The vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below 5 percent.

    “The economy remains strong in Tennessee, but we are not going to let up on our Drive to 55 to ensure our workforce is ready for the demands of employers in the years to come,” Haslam said.

  • ROLE REVERSAL

    Dressed in full-body sterile protection affectionately called a “bunny suit,” Roane Medical Center pharmacy technician Cotton Tucker, 59, was busy at work in late July 2017.

    One of Tucker’s duties at the Harriman hospital is to fill and deliver prescription medicine carts that physicians need during surgery, and she carefully put everything in its place.

    “You take your [prescription medicine] fill to each room. Anesthesia has six carts, and I did the first one; I remember that. But that’s all I remember,” she said.

  • GOING with the FLO: Play your role in making America better

    What can you do to make our America better? Each of us can do something in our sphere of influence. First, we can pray!

    We had the opportunity to hear Congresswoman Michele Bachmann this weekend. She is a brilliant and knowledgeable fighter for our freedom and a powerful prayer warrior.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A fond farewell to newly departed friends

    Some where, some time, we read of a theory about the timing of dying. It seems that some student of the subject has detected a definite correlation between the changing seasons and the number of folks dying.

    Over the years I have tended to observe the same correlation, and this current change from autumn into winter has been no exception.

  • Inmate leaps from jail balcony

    Robert Wesley Bandy, an inmate at the Roane County Jail, jumped off a balcony in one of the housing pods last month.

    He didn’t get up and walk away.

    According to a report on the incident, Bandy left the facility on a stretcher and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center.

    Bandy is not the first inmate to jump off one of the balconies.

    “I don’t know of any way to stop them from doing it,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • Rockwood shelter head calls it quits

    Rockwood animal control officer and animal shelter coordinator Mark Neeley abruptly resigned earlier this week.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said Neeley had been out for Christmas and then called in sick a few days. He said Neeley tendered his resignation in a phone message left at Rockwood City Hall.

    “I was a little surprised,” Stinnett said. “I’ve not gotten to talk to him.”

    Stinnett said a number of volunteers at the shelter have stepped up to make sure the animals are taken care of.