Today's News

  • Tigers find a way at Harriman, win 23-14

    With star player Isiah Jones serving a one game suspension, and several other key players banged up, not a lot of people gave the Rockwood Tigers a shot at winning at Harriman’s Wallace-Black Field Friday night.

    Rockwood’s players didn’t get that memo, however, as they put together a gutsy performance in downing the Blue Devils, 23-14.

  • Kingston knocks off Greenback in OT, 48-42

    Kingston head football coach Brian Pankey would prefer not to go into overtime. He would also prefer not to lose. That's why he wasn't complaining after Friday night's 48-42 overtime win against Greenback at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

    “I'm proud of our kids for the way they fought back in the second half,” he said. “The defense didn't play as good the first half, but came back out the second half and played a lot better.”

  • Midway rallies past Oliver Springs, 40-17

    The two first-year head coaches in Roane County, Ryen Minton at Midway and Larry Green at Oliver Springs, met Friday at D. J. Brittan Field in Oliver Springs with both trying for their team’s second win of the year

    After trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter, Midway struck for 40 points to win going away, 40-17 over the Bobcats.

    Green's Bobcats fall to 1-5 with the loss and are facing a tough stretch of region games the next several weeks. Oliver Springs will host Austin East Friday before visiting Rockwood next week.

  • Wendell’s Diner fare tops in magazine guide

    It’s no secret to folks in Roane County that Wendell’s Diner in Midtown has some of the best burgers around.

    Now people outside of Roane County are finding out. Wendell’s Diner was recently tabbed in Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Guide to the South’s Best Burgers.”

    “We’re very proud of this,” owner Wendell Ruppe said. “We don’t even know how we got nominated. We don’t know if they had someone come in or if someone nominated us, but this is great.

  • Chamber unveils new Web presence

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce has worked for many years to offer new ways to grow area businesses.

    One of those ways is through a newly designed, more interactive website that provides more opportunity for members and the community to engage in ways never before possible.

    The website — www.RoaneChamber.com — is now up and running.

    “With the dependence our society has on digital communication, the way the Chamber serves its members must also change,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • The Bridge at Rockwood earns national accreditation

    The Bridge at Rockwood has achieved 2015 accreditation as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

    “We couldn’t be prouder of our team of caregivers for the compassionate, quality care they work so hard to offer, which is reflected by this accreditation,” said Kathy Owens, chief nursing officer for Signature HealthCare, parent company of The Bridge at Rockwood.

  • Chilly weather heats up business for Starnes

    Roane Countians who depend on wood stoves for heat and the chimneys they’re connected to now have a place to turn to for service, products and answers — and just in time for cold weather.

    Jody Starnes turned his passion for wood stoves and chimneys into a career, opening Starnes Chimney Sweeps Woodstoves and Patio Store in Kingston.

    He’s a chimney sweep who sells and installs chimney inserts and wood stoves.

  • History Crumbling: Hall’s Dime Store first of problem buildings to go

    The last remnants of Harriman’s Hall’s 5-10-25-Cent Store came down Thursday morning after the majority of the building was torn to the ground Wednesday.

    The 519 Roane St. structure is in the same block as the former Miller & Brewer store, which was gutted by fire on Jan. 8. Hall’s, which sold a mish-mash of items, was known for its candy counter.

    “As kids, we all went there for fresh candy out of the old wood and glass counters,” said Blake Kirkland. “My mom went there as a child also.”

  • Call today to schedule hearing to appeal property assessment

    A high number of appeals has caused the Roane County Board of Equalization to extend its session. It was scheduled to end today – Friday – but Chairman T.H. Brown said the board now plans to meet until all appeals are heard.

    Those who wish to appeal have until 4:30 p.m. today to contact the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office to schedule a hearing before the board. The phone number is 376-4362.

  • Charges pending in crash

    Charges are pending against a woman involved in a Monday crash on Hwy. 70 in East Roane County.

    The crash happened around 11 a.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Meredith Hicks was headed east in a 2006 Chevy Equinox when she crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 73-year-old James Bryant.

    Hicks, 48, was ejected upon impact. She was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville by Lifestar helicopter.