Today's News

  • Vandalism continues to be a problem for TWRA

    TWRA has responded to vandalism on the Boils Wildlife Management Area (WMA) over three consecutive summers. The Boils WMA is located in Jackson County along the Roaring River; which is a state designated scenic river. Signs, parking lot damage, littering, theft and destruction of habitat have occurred on the WMA. Illegal activity steals from not only the sportsmen and women paying for the conservation of this area, but from all those utilizing the area recreationally.

  • Three is a magic number for Harriman

    By Melissa Coley


    For the third time in three weeks the Harriman Lady Blue Devils traveled to Morgan County and left with big wins with the latest victim being the Wartburg Bulldogs. It was three up three down for Harriman as they overpowered the “Dawgs” by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-20.

  • Lady Bobcats blank Sweetwater on the pitch

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats got a big 8-0 soccer win against the Sweetwater Lady Wildcats Tuesday night at home with district play on the horizon.

    “That’s everything we’ve been preaching about,” Oliver Springs Coach Josh Pryor said, “just how important the district games are.

    “All these previous games are building up to the district.”

    Oliver Springs came out on fire, scoring quickly in the first half when Ivy Reed found the back of the net for a goal and making the score 1-0.

  • The Devils return home for Tiger game

    The Harriman Blue Devils return home tonight to face the Sunbright Tigers in an inter-county district match-up in week five football action.

    The Blue Devils are coming off a 13-7 loss to the Oneida Indians last Friday.

    The contest with Oneida was more of a defensive struggle than offensive as both teams couldn’t muster much in the way of yardage.

  • ‘Cats go on road for district game with Greenback

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats will be traveling deep into Loudon County this evening to face the Greenback Cherokees for their first road game and district matchup.

    “This will be our first district game against the number four team in the state,” Bobcat Coach Larry Green said.

    Injuries have been a problem for Oliver Springs so far this season, contributing largely to its 0-3 start on the season.

    An open week two weeks ago gave the Bobcats some time to heal and get those injured players back in the line-up.

  • Cougars walking into a Yellow Jacket nest

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets return home this evening to host the Northview Academy Cougars in a 3A district matchup.

    “We’ve had a good week of practice,” Yellow Jacket Coach Brian Pankey said, “the kids are excited to be playing at home after a three week stretch of away games.

    “It’s also a big district game for us.”

    Kingston is coming off a 49-28 win against the Rockwood Tigers last Friday. The Yellow Jackets showed a balanced attack during the contest with the offense and defense performing well.

  • District play starts for Rockwood

    It will be a battle of jungle predators tonight as the Rockwood Tigers host the Meigs Tigers at Civitan Field in week five football action.

    The game will be the start of Rockwood’s district games, the most important games on the schedule as the outcomes of these games will decide playoff berths and seedings.

    “We’ve had a good week of practice,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said, “that’s important right now, to practice well and try to get better every day.

    “I think we’ve done that in some regards.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: We’re in crisis mode with opioids

    As a business writer who has lived through more economic cycles than I can remember, I’ve often been asked the question “Are we in a recession or a depression?”

    Technically, there hasn’t been a nationwide economic depression since the 1930s. Even still, the answer depends on your perspective.

    “When your neighbor loses his job, that’s a recession. When you lose your job, that’s a depression. “

  • GOING with the FLO: Kudos to the Woodys for raising Ron right


    Roane County is gifted with so many leaders of integrity. One office in particular is the County Executive, with Ron Woody being our present County Executive.

    It was my pleasure to attend the Roane County Tea Party and listen to the brilliancy of Ron Woody as information poured from him that he had accumulated throughout his career and the leadership skills he has developed. I couldn’t write them down fast enough.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Al Gore warned us as to what could happen

    As you have no doubt heard, Pauline and Albert Gore, Sr., raised their son, young Albert, Jr., to be a well-behaved young man, and we’re glad they did.

    The faculty and staff of the prep school to which young Al was sent, St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, taught him leadership, and to be self-disciplined, and self-controlled, and we’re glad they did.

    His comrades and compatriots taught young Al the precepts of good sportsmanship, deference and modesty; to be as good a loser as winner, and we’re glad they did.