Today's News


    Senior Damon Baildon scored a career-high 31 points in the Kingston Yellow Jackets win over Rhea County in last Friday’s final game of the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic.  Baildon is currently leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring after the first semester. No one would have believed that four years ago.  Baildon was cut from the middle school basketball team three consecutive years.  

  • Raiderettes lose to Jones County, Shelton State

    The Roane State Community College basketball teams resume conference play Friday at Volunteer State and Saturday at Motlow State, after the Raiderettes lost to Jones County 64-49 Jan. 4 and to Shelton State Jan. 6.
    Jones County 64, RSCC 49: The Lady Bobcats from Ellisvile, Miss. led 17-15 after one quarter and exploded for a 27-12 second-quarter run to lead 44-27 by halftime. Jones County built a 62-42 lead after three quarters, but RSCC outscored Jones County 7-2 in the final quarter for the 64-49 final score.

  • Rockwood Parks and Recreation to have free basketball clinic Saturday at RMS

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation will host a free basketball fundamentals camp at Rockwood Middle School on Jan. 14 for boys and girls in grades two through seven.
    Here is the schedule:
    8:30 - 10 a.m.: fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls;
    10 a.m. - noon: fifth, sixth and seventh grade boys;
    Noon - 2 p.m.: second, third and fourth grade boys and girls.
    Participants are asked to bring their own basketball, however, if they do not have a basketball, one will be provided.

  • Fresh look, new management for Long John Silver’s
  • What’s the SCORE?: What are your 2017 objectives?

    By Dana Peterka

    In the previous column, we talked about a process for effectively setting your long term business and personal goals.

    This column addresses how to turn your goals into objectives for the new year. Moving from a strategic level to the tactical.

    Here is a positive, motivating way to view the objective setting process. Translate your dream that makes you smile into work and life actions that cause the same smile.

  • UCOR head awarded national trade honor

    Kenneth J. Rueter, president and project manager of URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC — known locally as UCOR — is the recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ prestigious 2016 Management Division Award.

    Rueter will receive the honor during AIChE annual meeting in San Francisco.

    Rueter has led his company’s success in providing positive solutions for large-scale nuclear environmental cleanup, restoring once-contaminated land for future economic development purposes.


    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Keyona Dickens of the Harriman store was honored for her work with Second Harvest, a hunger-relief charity.

    The Kingston store applauded Emily Clark, who volunteers her time as a cheerleading coach.

    Teresa Hall, an associate at the Oliver Springs store, was honored for working with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • King’s legacy of faith to be honored in special service

    Rockwood’s third annual community worship service honoring the legacy of faith of Martin Luther King Jr. is planned for next weekend.

    “Come join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and our shared faith in Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Kara Foster of Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    The service will begin at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in First Baptist Church of Lenoir at 238 N. Lenoir Ave.

    The Rev. Erica Haigler of Speights Chapel will bring the message.

  • Security upgraded for holding facilities

    The inmate holding rooms at the Roane County Courthouse are not as stressful for Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    The completion of security upgrades to the holding rooms last year eased some of his concerns.

    “It sure helped relieve a lot of the stress from the what-ifs and what could happen,” he said.

    “That was just a place waiting to explode. We’re thankful no one got hurt before it was done.”