Today's News

  • TVA schools teachers about South’s native plants

    Several dozen elementary and high school science teachers from Tennessee and nearby states attended TVA’s “plant camp” last week at Camp John Knox on Watts Bar Lake.

    For the past three years TVA has been conducting the educational program for teachers.

    The two-and-a-half-day experience involved learning about native and non-native plants that inhabit the Southeast

    John Byrd, a researcher with Mississippi State provided a history of how invasive plants were transported to North America over centuries of colonization.

  • Followers of God’s Word eyeing city-owned building

    A vacant city-owned building may get new life as a house of God.

    Followers of God’s Word Church members sought out the property for their ministry.

    “We are looking for a church home,” said Bro. Joseph Key.

    Harriman City Council will discuss a lease agreement with church members for the Woody Street building that was once used for some law-enforcement operations.

    Discussion will take place during the Council meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • It’s Jim Henry Day in Roane

    Numerous events are planned for Jim Henry Day, which is today – Monday.

    Henry, a former mayor of Kingston currently serving as chief of staff for Gov. Bill Haslam, is being honored for his dedication to the county, state and country.

    One of the events planned for today is a celebration luncheon at Roane State at 11 a.m. A $50 donation payable to the Roane County Heritage Commission is suggested.

    “I think we’re expecting about 300 people for the luncheon,” said Ron Berry, chairman of the Roane County Commission.

  • Judge recuses self from Ahler, Scarborough land suit

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has recused himself from a lawsuit over a land dispute between Dr. Julian Ahler and blogger Steve Scarborough.

    “The court knows the individual parties and most all, if not all, of the witnesses,” Pemberton said in his order of recusal. “That, in and of itself, is both not unusual nor a grounds for recusal. However, the court is also very familiar with the land and area that is the subject of this lawsuit.”

  • Violation charge against RCHS teacher dismissed

    Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge against Roane County High School teacher John Plemens last week.

    Plemens was arrested in May, accused of violating an order of protection that Garvin Morris took out on him.

    “Mr. Morris showed officers on his cellphone where he had two missed calls from Mr. Plemens on May 2 at 6:18 p.m.,” the warrant said. “Officers confirmed through the clerk’s office that Mr. Morris did have an order of protection on Mr. Plemens and Mr. Plemens was to have no contact with Mr. Morris.”

  • Lady Devils douse Green Wave for softball title

    By Melissa Coley


    If one word could describe the Clinch River Valley middle school softball state sectional tournament championship game between Midway and Harriman then that word would be “WOW”.

    It took extra innings to decide the winner and with the score tied at 9-9 after the regulated time had expired, the international tie-breaker rule goes into effect with a runner (the last out of the previous inning) taking 2nd base.

  • Lady Tigers punch playoff ticket

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers have excelled on the pitch this season.

    In the last week, Rockwood faced a pair of Rone County rivals and walked away with wins both times.

    A week ago, the Lady Tigers went down the road to Oliver Springs and clinched the district with a 5-0 win against the Lady ‘Cats.

    Senior forward Kaley Legg led her team with two goals.

    Cameran Evans scored a goal and had two assists. Freshman Kendall Wade also fiished wih a goal and pair of assists. Chloe Grant also had a goal and asisst.

  • Jackets tops in district with win
  • Cherokee wins big in Saturday game

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets stayed unbeaten last Saturday with a 36-0 victory over Oliver Springs at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field in Kingston.

    Dual threat quarterback Kain Collins led the Jackets to victory as he passed for 200 yards while rushing for another 100 on the evening.

    Collins got off to a fast start as he found an open Austin Edmonds from 37 yards out on Cherokee’s first possession of the night.

    Collins added the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

  • O.S. clinches playoff spot with win

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats scored all their points in the first half and secured a spot in the middle school football postseason Thursday evening at the expense of the Midway Green Wave, 32-6.

    “I think we’re peaking offensively,” Bobcat Coach Buster Brown said, “we’re finding our way.

    “We had a few injuries, but we’re we’re finding our way.”