Today's News

  • Bellying up for apologies?

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said he’ll apologize to Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis for a run-in the two had last month — but she has to do something in return.

    Hendrickson said he told her husband, John Dennis, as much when the two spoke after the Aug. 8 County Commission meeting.

    “He asked me if it would be too much trouble to apologize to his wife,” Hendrickson recalled.

  • A Look At Life SOUTH OF THE RIVER: South of the River Dollar General open

    By Penelope Bond

    Several area residents turned out for the official grand opening of the new Dollar General store on Saturday, Aug. 20.

    The cashiers reported that business had been brisk even in the previous week, as the “Now Open” banner was enough to bring in new customers.

    Advertised perks for the first patrons on Saturday had them lined up at the door at opening time.  The store’s regular hours henceforth are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Fiesta Time Grill great for birthday and family gatherings

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to include family, friends and acquaintances in our “Out to Lunch” adventures. This article, counting Carol and myself, includes 11 family members, five of whom are our great-grandchildren.

    Our son Barry and his wife, Judy, drove over for a visit from Charlotte, N.C., with their grandson, Knox. They were entertaining Knox while his parents, their daughter Shelley, and her husband, Josh, were in China completing an adoption of a brother for Knox.

  • Roane jobless rate rebound continues

    Things continue to look bright for employment in Roane County.

    Statistics released by the state late last week showed the county’s July unemployment rate at  5.6 percent.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that rate is 0.1 percent lower than in June.

    It’s significantly lower than a year ago, when Roane County posted a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

  • O’Toole named MHS basketball coach

    The search has ended for boys basketball coach at Midway High School.

    Longtime Midway Middle School coach Justin O'Toole has been named as the Green Wave coach, replacing Jon Leffew who was relieved off his duties last spring and transferred to Harriman Middle School.

  • Rockwood’s chances to repeat as Region 2AA champs hurt

    Rockwood’s hopes of repeating as Region 2-2A champions took a serious hit Friday night, as a slew of injuries and a relentless Sweetwater ground attack allowed the Wildcats to leave Civilian Field with a 34-13 victory over the Tigers.

    “Our kids played hard, we just got devastated by injuries,” Rockwood head coach John Webb said. “The injuries limited what we could do offensively. We had to cut our play sheet in half. Then it carried over to our defense because we couldn’t put enough pressure on them with our offense.

  • Kingston downs Cumberland County 40-7

    "We came out healthy. This was a good win for us," said Kingston Yellow Jacket coach Brian Pankey following his team's 40-7 victory over Cumberland County Friday night on Dr. Nat Sugarman Field to even its record at 1-1. "We controlled the line of scrimmage and they showed a lot of effort tonight."

    Kingston scored on its first possession of the game, driving 53-yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead on Ethan Guinn's 2-yard run and Gabe Shillings PAT. Maurice Lane carried three times for 33 yards, while Guinn had 6 yards on 2 carries.

  • Harriman pounds Wartburg Bulldogs 62-20

    Harriman QB Joe Pace threw for 220 yards and 5 TDs in the first quarter alone Thursday night in leading the Harriman Blue Devils to a 62-20 victory over Warburg at Wallace-Black Field.

    “Our receivers did a good job of going up and getting it,” Pace said after the game. “They made some great plays and then they finished with touchdowns.”

    Harriman head coach Travis Tapp added that Pace’s big game was a result of a lot of things going right for the Blue Devils.

  • OSMS opens defense of its district crown

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats opened the defense of their district championship with a 32-8 victory over defending Class AA champion Eagleton Thursday night in Oliver Springs.

    "It was a good win. We worked hard for nine days to get ready for this game. I am very proud of them," said OSMS Coach Buster Brown.