Today's News

  • Rockwood officials honor Cliftons, McCrearys

    Rockwood celebrated two businesses recently by honoring the commitment the owners made to the community.

    David Clifton, formerly of David Clifton Chevrolet, and his family, including wife Pat, were touched by the recognition at the start of last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “It has truly been an honor to represent General Motors for the city of Rockwood all these years,” David Clifton said.

    Also recognized were Steve and Earl McCreary, who owned McCreary Auto Parts, or the Rockwood NAPA.

  • Taking a look back at spring signees in Roane County

    Through the first six — nearly seven — months, 2015 has been kind to the athletes of Roane County.

    Midway and Oliver Springs have promoted former OSMS head coach Larry Green and former Green Waves defensive coordinator Ryen Minton to head coaching roles.

    After TSSAA violations resulted in Harriman boys basketball being stripped of spring basketball (on top of losing a coach) the Blue Devils have finally secured a new lead man in former West Carroll coach Shay Shannon.

  • Q&A: Meet new Harriman boys head coach Shay Shannon

    Editor’s note: The following is a transcription from an interview sports editor Bradley Stringfield did with the new Harriman boys basketball head coach Shay Shannon.

    Q: So, how did all of this come about?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Who knew the power of the old Battle Flag?

    Dear Hearts and Gentle Readers: The old curmudgeon must confess that for lo, all these past years, nigh onto eighty of them, he has been troubled by the racist outlook and attitude of so many of his friends and neighbors.

  • Former West Carroll coach Shay Shannon named new Harriman boys basketball coach

    Harriman basketball has found a new lead man.

    Shay Shannon, former head coach at West Carroll High School in West Tennessee has accepted the job, per Harriman athletic director and vice-principal Bobby Clark.

    “We’re very excited,” Clark said. “Him having head coaching experience definitely helps us.”

    Shannon spent five seasons coaching the War Eagles. During his time at West Carroll, he put together a 48-80 record.

  • GUEST OPINION: Congress may finally be on the right path

    Center on Congress
    There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

    Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees this spring led to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in the press.

  • Taking a minute to speak out

    First Amendment Center
    What would you say if you got 60 seconds to speak to the world?

    At noon recently, on a hot and muggy day in the heart of Washington, D.C., the world heard everything from birthday wishes to a call to national action in education and housing to a reminder that developed nations need to pay attention to violence and poverty in small African nations.

  • Youngsters test endurance

    Kingston’s Splash and Dash Kid’s Triathlon had more than 15 participants this year.

    “This is maybe the third or fourth year we’ve done this” said Rick Ross, Kingston’s parks and recreation director. “It keeps growing every year.”

    Ross commended participants because they were outside attempting the event Saturday rather than indoors playing video games.

    Ella Lemons won in the 8-10 girls category, while Nick Pelfrey led the boys in the 8-10 boys category.

  • A look at football in Roane County for 2015

    With spring football now long over with, and June just a few days from being done, it can only mean one thing: football season is near.

    And, while many things will be different for Roane County football this year, like in all things, many have stayed the same. Let’s take a look at this year’s schedules for each team.


  • ‘It’s going to be awesome’

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Rockwood Friday morning to announce a $437,122 transportation alternative grant for a project that includes a 10-foot-wide greenway from Dr. Tom Fuller Park on Watts Bar Lake to East Nelson Street and Hwy. 27.

    In addition to the multi-use greenway, a 600-square-foot trailhead/comfort  station will be constructed at the park. It will include restrooms, bike racks and a small parking lot.