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Today's News

  • Trojans hitting the hardwood again: Rockwood team to honor Campbell by donning uniforms

    The shorts are much longer than what they used to wear, but the former Campbell High School players have no problems with the uniforms the Rockwood High School boys basketball team plan to wear in their honor.

    “I think it’s a great thing for the community considering the history of Campbell High School and the history of Rockwood,” former player Frank Linson said.

    Campbell, which was located in Rockwood, taught black students during segregation, the time when blacks and whites weren’t allowed to attend school together.

  • Harriman teams take wins against King’s Academy

    Girls Game

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils never trailed in a 57-26 win over the King’s Academy Lady Lions on Thursday.

    Harriman was in control from the start and led 19-3 at the end of the first quarter. Jada Johnson had 10 points in the period.

    The score was 22-9 in the second when Harriman went on another run. The Lady Devils led 36-11 at halftime. It was more of the same in the second half, with Harriman taking a 47-20 lead into the fourth quarter.

  • More victories for Harriman teams

    By Jace Greene

    The Harriman Lady Devils and Blue Devils traveled to Greenback Tuesday night, and both teams left victorious.

    The Lady Devils won 36-32. The Devils won 71-57.

    Girls Game

    The Lady Devils spread it around in the first period with Autumn Monkhouse, Jada Johnson, Haley Goldston, Taylor Sells and Marilyn Franklin all making baskets. The score was tied 10-10 in the first period.

    The score was 24-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Harriman kept Greenback at bay for the victory.

  • Tigers, Lady Tigers drop contests

    By Jace Greene

    The Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers both came up short at Sweetwater on Tuesday.

    The Lady Tigers dropped their contest 38-28. The Tigers lost 75-71.

    Girls Game

    The Lady Tigers trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter, but couldn't pull it out in the final period.

    Lexie Hill finished with a team-high 10 points for Rockwood. Camryn Evans added seven for the Lady Tigers.

    Rockwood (28) L. Hill 10, Cam Evans 7, Thompson 1, Car. Evans 4, Metcalfe 2, Z. Hill 4.

    Boys Game

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘When cops are scared, they kill.’ Constance Rice

    Our headline is a quotation from Constance Rice, an educator-expert from Los Angeles who has studied and worked with various police departments over a protracted period of time.

    She was interviewed on Public Radio last week and gave some of the most perceptive comments we have as yet heard about the current national debate which has arisen over the killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, of unarmed black men by policemen whom local grand juries have refused to indict.

  • State certifies county jail despite issues

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute’s Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail at its Dec. 3 meeting in Nashville.

    “We’re thankful for that,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    TCI Detention Facility Specialist Denise Messer found overcrowding in the women’s housing pod during two jail inspections this year.

    However, following her last inspection on Sept. 12, Messer recommended that the jail be certified with another plan of action.

  • Murder case pushed back again

    Another date has come and gone without a trial in the Eric Gallaher voluntary manslaughter case.

    Gallaher is charged in the death of David Harvey, who was found dead outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011. Police allege Gallaher punched Harvey after a fender-bender in the bar’s parking lot.

    Gallaher was scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court, but the case was postponed.

    His attorney, Donice Butler, cannot practice law because she’s under suspension by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Firefighters aglow in parade
  • GUEST OPINION: First Amendment getting a workout in recent days

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    Our First Amendment freedoms have been put to use — and put to the test — in recent days.

    In the U.S. Supreme Court chambers in Washington, D.C., an angry ex-husband sought to overturn his conviction for making threats over the Internet, claiming the violence-laced language and the vile visions he conjured up on Facebook were just “therapeutic efforts to address traumatic events,” even akin to some song lyrics.

  • GUEST OPINION: Election impact will be apparent

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Center on Congress

    Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections this fall, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country.

    In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few months that really matter.