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Today's News

  • Ballfield improvements begin in Harriman, more work to follow

    Slowly but surely, the new fencing at Harriman’s ballfields is going up.

    The fences, paid for with the last of TVA funds given to communities after the Dec. 22, 2008, coal ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant, are just one of a number of public-image projects Harriman aims to complete with funds.

    “The money should be here anytime,” Mayor Chris Mason recently told council members.

    The city went ahead with the fencing work prior to receiving those funds.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: McClatchy polls on slavery as Civil War cause

    Regular readers will recall that last month we did a couple of columns devoted to the question of whether the civil war was fought to free the slaves.

    Evidently we were not the only one to be troubled by some of the commentary put forth about this question, inasmuch as the News Sentinel of Sunday, 9 August, on page 6A ran a six column wide article by Samantha Ehlinger of McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) with the headline “Did slavery cause Civil War? Many don’t think so.”

  • Comments sought on plan to charge to look at public records

    The Office of Open Records Counsel has been asked by the Tennessee General Assembly to review issues surrounding the inspection of public records, and the office is asking Tennesseans to weigh in.

    Legislation was introduced in the 2015 Session of the 109th General Assembly that would permit charges for inspecting public records. While a records custodian is permitted to charge for copies of public records, inspection is generally free of charge.

    The OORC will prepare a report with recommendations on this issue to the General Assembly by Jan. 15, 2016.

  • Rockwood employees should see $1,000 Christmas bonus

    Rockwood City Council approved the second and final reading of its budget this week.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposed keeping the current $1 property tax rate per $100 valuation.

    The certified rate recently came back and is 99.2 cents. While the City Council approved budget appropriations, they’ll come back and address the tax rate at a future meeting.

    Officials liked the projects Miller put in the budget. They also appreciated a $1,000 bonus employees are supposed to get around the Christmas holiday this year.

  • Wayne "Cotton" Morgan remembered
  • Harriman hosts six teams at jamboree

    Fans can get a sneak peek of what their favorite football team will look like this season at Friday’s jamboree at Harriman High School.

    “Six high schools will be over here,” Harriman head coach Travis Tapp said. “I hope the fans from each school come out and get a preview of the season and see how hard these kids in Roane County have been working.”  

    Tickets for the jamboree are $6. All five of Roane County’s high schools will be in action, along with Cumberland County.

  • RMS coach sees potential at jamboree

    The rain that had Rockwood Middle School football coach Scott Harvey fretting stayed away for Saturday’s jamboree at Tom Pemberton Stadium.

    “We had great weather,” Harvey said about the event, which featured four of the county’s five middle school teams in action. “No rain, we had parent support, everybody chipped in and did their job, and I think we had a great day.”

    Loudon bested Rockwood 20-6 in the jamboree. Afterward, the JV teams for each school faced off. Loudon came out on top of that contest 14-0.

  • Keylon shared love of tennis

    Stanley Keylon loved tennis and shared that passion with young people.

    The former Roane County High School tennis coach, who coached the women’s team for more than 20 years, passed away last week in a car crash in Rhea County. His legacy is the many he taught to share his treasured pastime.

    “Mr. Keylon, or ‘Coach K,’ as we called him, loved to coach tennis,” said Kayla Wadlington, a former Roane County High School tennis player.

  • RCHS season tix available

    Roane County High School football fans can now purchase this year’s season tickets.

    The 2015 Yellow Jackets football season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting Tammy Taylor at 742-2479.

    Tickets are $40 each for the season.

    Kingston kicks off the year at home against the Harriman High School Blue Devils on Friday, Aug. 21. There are five regular season home games.

  • RCHS wins with new scoreboard