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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: il Duce Trump and Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    Gentle reader, since the present presidential campaign started, and Donald J. Trump got into the fray, we’ve had the feeling that we had seen him before under other circumstances, but we could not recall where or when.

    But, a few days ago, all of a sudden the thought struck: It was not The Donald we had seen, but il Duce.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Embarking on a new adventure

    Since I joined the Roane County News in April I’ve been taking a crash course in local history, government and community activities.

    I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about the issues this county faces and the various elected officials, offices and community resources available to address these issues.

    Wednesday morning, I embarked on a new educational venture that will go a long way toward helping me get up to speed.

  • Officer fires gun in Rockwood school

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a gun inside Rockwood Middle School on Thursday. It happened during an exercise.

    Police Chief Danny Wright said the purpose of the exercise was to let teachers know what a real gun shot sounds like.

    “I got the idea from the FBI and a school system in Berkeley County, South Carolina,” Wright said. “Here’s the precautions we took – we put every member of the school personnel, cafeteria workers, custodians and all teachers in a room with me.”

  • RHS, OS seeking replacement game for TCPS

    The Rockwood and Oliver Springs football teams will have another open date this season, as Tennessee Christian Prep School in Cleveland will be not playing because the lack of players.

    That leaves Coach Larry Green's Bobcats with open dates Aug. 26 and Oct. 21, while Rockwood will have an open date Sept. 2 and Sept. 30.

    Both coaches are still trying to find a replacement for TCPS.

  • Harriman golf team to make noise in district this fall

    The Harriman golf team has kicked off their season and  are looking to make some noise this fall.
    Corey Mashburn returns for his seventh season as coach for the Blue Devils men’s and women’s golf team. Mashburn is very excited about the upcoming season.

    "This team is full of great kids that are a joy to be around," said Mashburn.

  • OS golfers practicing hard for new year

    The Oliver Springs golf team hit the course this summer practicing hard for seventh-year head coach Matt Headden.
    "They are anxious to get rolling with the season and make some strides towards a good season," said Headden.
    The Bobcats lost only one senior off last year's team and replacing him won't be an easy task, as he qualified for the region tournament.

    Seniors Matt Gaylor and Logan Forysthe are looking to fill that gap.

  • Rockwood Middle School announces changes for jamboree

    Rockwood Middle School will be hosting a jamboree Saturday, Aug. 13, on Civitan Field; however, there is a change in the schedule, since Oakdate is not fielding a team and CAK is not participating.

    Varsity and junior varsity teams from Lake City, Wartburg, Midway, Coalfield, Harriman, Oneida, Spring City, Cherokee, Rockwood and Oliver Springs will be participating.

  • SCHOOL STARTS TODAY

    Students return to school for the 2016-17 school year today – Wednesday.

    “We’ll see buses on the roads again Wednesday, so we’d like for everybody to be safe and be cautious,” new Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    In past years, some Roane County schools have faced the possibility of delayed starts due to construction, but Watkins said she expects all schools to be open today for the start of the new year.

  • Ex-mayor said to be target of Pierce threats

    A former Rockwood public works director already under indictment for official misconduct was jailed late last week for allegedly making threats against a former mayor.

    Rockwood police found a number of guns in Tom Pierce’s vehicle when they stopped him on Gateway Avenue Friday afternoon.

    “A tip was emailed to the Roane County Sheriff Department’s tip hotline,” said Rockwood Police Department Deputy Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • Harriman man’s capture leads to mower recovery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office made one Dayton business happy on Monday.

    The cheerfulness stemmed from the return of four zero-turn lawn mowers.

    “We’re very happy to get them back,” said John Newkirk, an employee with Dayton Power Sports. “Great job by all the police involved.”

    Newkirk said the four mowers have a combined value of $20,000.

    They were recently stolen from Dayton Power Sports in Rhea County.