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Today's News

  • Jackets, 'Cats battle to split

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats picked up a key District 4-A victory Friday night as Michelle Christopher's squad rolled to a 48-24 victory over Coalfield. 

  • Fast start leads Lady Jackets to first district win, 55-38

    After opening the District 4-AA portion of their schedule with a pair of losses, Connie Guinn's Kingston's Lady Yellow Jackets picked up a huge win Friday night with a 55-38 victory over district rival Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK).

  • Midway eases by Harriman in 3-A action

    Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than to be dominant in basketball.

    For the Midway Lady Waves, they managed to overcome 19 steals by Harriman to win 34-32 over the Lady Devils Friday night. 

  • Tigers split with Tellico Plains

    Tellico Plains’ Preston Russell and Rockwood’s Cleveland Davidson put on a show Friday night, but in the end it was Davidson’s Tigers outdueling Russell’s Bears, 59-54, in a huge District 3-A showdown for both team.

  • Roane officially in two districts

    The Republican-led redistricting plan that caused a furor amongst some locals was approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives last Thursday.

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, a Lenoir City Republican, was one of 67 representatives who voted in favor of the plan.  

    “What we promised people when I was elected — and why I was elected — was to produce a smaller government, a more conservative government, and these district lines give that to us,” she said.

  • Election factor in finding director

    This year’s county election could impact the search for the next director of schools.

    “You cannot appoint 45 days prior to an election or 30 days after an election,” Roane County Board of Education Member Wade McCullough said. “That is by law.”

    Election Day is Aug. 2. If McCullough’s interpretation of the law is correct, the new director would need to be in place around the middle of June.

    “Otherwise, we’ll have to go into an interim period,” McCullough said.

  • Temperance Building a trendy haunt

    Harriman’s Temperance Building has seen many uses in its life — from the headquarters of the East Tennessee Land Co. that started Harriman, to universities and even a jail, when the Harriman Police Department was inside.

    It’s no wonder the historic building, named for the city’s roots as a  prohibitionist community, has become a

    popular site for ghost hunters.

    The most recent group, GHOST Paranormal Investigators, wants to showcase its ghostly evidence online.

  • Fort Southwest Point a spirited kind of place?

    By Mike Gibson
    Refusing to take a back seat to any of its sister cities, Kingston has produced evidence of its very own historically significant ghost.

    At the Jan. 10 session of Kingston City Council, council member Tony Brown reported that the GHOST Paranormal Investigations group — the self-proclaimed ghost-hunting outfit responsible for the recent discovery of an otherworldly entity in Harriman’s historic Temperance Building — has now detected the presence of a disembodied spirit at Fort Southwest Point.

  • Roane wants in interlocal group

    Roane County decided it wanted a seat at the table when counties get together to discuss how they plan to move forward following the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.

    So instead of postponing another vote on a new interlocal agreement, the Roane County Commission approved a resolution on Jan. 9 agreeing to be part of the process.  

    “Roane County is one of the major stakeholders in this,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “We need somebody there at the table from day one.”

  • Harriman passes on annexing Child's Memorial, Emory Gap

    The communities of Emory Gap and Childs Memorial may be surrounded by the Harriman city limits but they’ll remain outside them — at least for now.

    Harriman City Council failed to approve a motion to move forward in the annexation proposed by Councilman J.D. Sampson, who has been advocating filling in those holes in their limits.

    “I would like to at least start with these two neighborhoods and get them in the city, and then we can work on looking at other properties to be annexed,” Sampson said.