Today's News

  • Bowers students getting exposure to undersea

    A group of Bowers Elementary School students are being taught about coral reefs this semester.

    Their connection with the topic is particularly interesting.

    Recently they met with Jessica Fain and Bruce Cantrell, two Roane State Community College professors who are vying to break a world record by living 73 days under the ocean at Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla.

    Fain and Cantrell also will be teaching a class and conducting live programs that will be available free to the public.

    What do the Bowers kids think about all this?

  • Fishing Report


    Dale Hollow: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 80 degrees; water is falling. A few bass are being caught on shallow running crankbaits around shallow wood in the rivers. A few crappie re being caught on minnows around fallen trees. Several bluegill are being caught on crickets and nightcrawlers on bluffs in 25 feet of water. A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons in 32 feet of water on breaks near the dam.

  • Deer season opens Saturday



    TWRA Wildlife Officer 

  • TWRA hosting BOW/ATV workshop


    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host its first Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Workshop Oct. 3-5 at Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area.

  • Lady Mavs down OS, 7-1


    For the first 30 minutes of Monday evening’s game, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats held their own against the Anderson County Lady Mavericks, but the Lady Mavs were just too much for the Lady ’Cats to handle in a 7-1 loss.

  • Fast start leads Kingston past Harriman, 7-0


    The Kingston Yellow Jackets scored seven goals in the first 18 minutes of play and that was all that was needed as Elik Pickell’s squad picked up a 7-0 victory at Harriman. 

    Sophomore Kaylee Wilson got off to the fastest start as she scored three goals in the first six minutes alone.


    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam was in Midtown Friday celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Roane County.

    Haslam and a big blue bus have been touring the state to celebrate the state program, which partners with Imagination Libraries and local programs to provide books to children from birth to age 5.

    “I am very passionate about this program,” Haslam said. “It is something all of Tennessee should be proud of.”

  • Same-sex divorce case headed to appeals



    Rockwood attorney Mark Foster filed a notice of appeal last week in the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Foster represents Frederick Michael Borman, who filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in March.

    The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010. Iowa doesn’t require people to be residents to get married there, but they do have to be residents of the state to get a divorce.

  • School board dips into reserves



    Roane County Board of Educatoin delved into the school district’s reserve funds to put textbook purchases, security cameras and maintenance projects back in the budget.

    The amendment was approved at Thursday’s regular school board meeting. A few days earlier, the board had cut the expenditures out of the budget in a special-called meeting.

  • More than candidates on Nov. 4 ballot



    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said voters should easily be able to understand the constitutional amendments on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.

    “It’s pretty straightforward,” he said about the wording.

    The amendments deal with abortion, the appointment of judges and a state income tax.

    Holiway said he suspects Amendment 1 – the one dealing with abortion – could draw the most interest.