Today's News

  • Hurt Kingston linebacker back at school

    Ethan Guinn was back at school on Monday feeling a lot better than he did Friday night.

    The junior linebacker for the Kingston Yellow Jackets made a hard tackle in the fourth quarter of his team’s 48-42 overtime win against Greenback.

    Guinn and Greenback quarterback Hunter Willis were both injured on the play, and were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in separate ambulances.

  • Classmate coaches of national charity founder bring it home for rivalry game

    This past Saturday college football fans across the nation banded together for the Coach to Cure MD program.

    The program, in its eighth year, has helped raise more than $2 million to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    What you might not realize, however, is the Coach to Cure program has a strong Roane County connection.

    It was started by 1988 Harriman High School graduate Brad Todd because his nephew, Joel Poysky, 13, suffers from the disease.

    Joel’s mother, Rachel, is also a Harriman graduate.

  • Langley heads up school board

    Darrell “Drack” Langley was picked to serve as chairman of the Roane County Board of Education over the next year.

    One of the biggest things the board will face during his stint is picking a new director of schools.

    Langley spoke briefly about the task after his unanimous selection as chairman on Sept. 17.

    “We’ll meet as a board and make a decision about the route they want to go,” he said.

    “It’s not a Drack Langley thing. It’s a board decision.”

  • Rockwood looks to keep $1 tax rate

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller didn’t want to see the city’s tax rate dip below $1 per $100 valuation.

    The new certified rate was very close to that, at 99.29 cents on each $100 of taxable property.

    The Rockwood City Council recently passed first reading of an ordinance to levy a $1 per $100 valuation property tax rate.

    “You cannot exceed that (the certified rate) unless you go through the process of a public hearing,” said Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew.

  • Jim Henry says Vietnam changed his life

    Jim Henry is concerned about the political landscape in America.

    “Our country is in terrible position,” he said at Saturday’s 12th Gala of the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    “I’ve never known to be anymore worried about what’s going to happen to us than I am today.”

    Henry is no stranger to politics. He’s a former Kingston mayor and former Republican state representative. He’s currently Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief of staff.

  • Retired Teachers to meet Oct. 9

    Roane County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 in Kingston Community Center.

    Lunch will be followed by a musical program featuring Kingston native Woody Wright.

    Members of the public who wish to attend must make luncheon reservations by Oct. 6 by calling Susie Dutton at 376-2749.

  • 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.


    Gov Bill Haslam has three people to consider for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge job.

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met Friday and decided to nominate all three candidates who applied – Walter Johnson, Porsche Shantz and Jeff Wicks.

    “All three will go to the governor,” Council Chairwoman Cheryl Rice said following the meeting.

    E. Eugene Eblen has been the criminal court judge in the district since 1978. He plans to retire on Dec. 31.