Today's News

  • TSSAA playoffs start Friday night

    After a grueling regular season, three teams from Roane County will be starting postseason play Friday night as Midway, Kingston and Rockwood have all qualified for the playoffs.
    All three teams will be on the road facing teams that have been a thorn in their side in recent years in the playoffs.
    For Midway, the Green Wave will be traveling to Cloudland in the first round of the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs. Midway has played at Cloudland three times in the playoffs since 2001, but the Green Wave have yet to pick up a victory.

  • TVAA wraps up regular season

    The final week of the regular season for the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association yielded no big surprises as the division leaders all remained in first place and now the championship games are set to be played on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    But first, the cheerleader championships will take place this Saturday at the Roane County High School gym. The first group of competitors will take the floor at 10 a.m. This is the fourth year the league has had the cheerleader competition.

  • Rendezvous in Paint Rock

    More than 2,000 Boy Scouts swarmed across acres of farmland in Paint Rock last weekend.
    “This is a Great Smoky Mountain Council Rendezvous,” said Paul Sharp, a diector with the Great Smoky Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America.
    “We haven’t done this event in six years,” he said.
    The event was held across several farms and troops from 21 counties in East Tennessee participated.
    In the chill, pink-faced boys, their breath lingering in the chilled air, roamed from their campsites to activity after activity.

  • Former candidate scraps with deputy

    It took pepper spray, tasering and a sheriff’s deputy’s tackle to subdue a former candidate for Roane County’s top political office after he was stopped for allegedly speeding.
    Miles Ledbetter Jr., who finished third in the 2010 campaign for county executive, was arrested on Sunday on charges of assault and resisting arrest. Ledbetter, 33, was also cited for speeding.

  • The GOP gaining ground?

    Republicans didn’t always have the upper hand in Tennessee.
    “Back in the old days, when I first got involved in politics, you had to beg someone to run as a Republican,” House Speaker Beth Harwell, R- Nashville, said. “Now that’s not the case.”
    Now Tennessee features a Republican majority in the state House and Senate along with a Republican governor.
    As Election Day approaches, the party appears poised to increase its dominance over state politics.

  • Reception for Chris Whaley at Roane State

    The public is invited to meet new Roane State Community College President Chris Whaley during a reception on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the college’s Roane County campus.
    The reception will be from 3:30-5 p.m. in the student lounge, which is located in the Dunbar Building.
    Whaley is Roane State’s fifth president. He succeeds Gary Goff, who retired after seven years as the college’s leader.

  • Roane Schools will improve on scorecard

    The Tennessee Department of Education plans to release the annual report card on schools Thursday.
    Roane County Schools will show progress, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes, who said he’s already reviewed the report. 
    “We have made improvements,” Aytes said.
    He didn’t go into details at last week’s Board of Education meeting. He said the report card is embargoed until the state releases it.

  • Autism effort involves man on wheels

    Brian Patrick is going long distance to raise awareness of autism and also to raise money for autismspeaks.org.
    The 42-year-old in-line skater made a pit stop Friday in Roane County while on a cross-country crusade from Long Island, N.Y., to Laguna Beach, Calif.
    Patrick, who has two teenagers with varying degrees of autism, began his journey on Sept. 20 at Montauk Point, Long Island, in his native New York City.
    He hopes to reach the West Coast by Christmas.

  • Harriman police appreciate Roane State

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, center left, presents Roane State Community College President Gary Goff, center right, a plaque of appreciation for the use of Roane State facilities for the Harriman Police Department’s annual K-9 seminar.

    Also on hand for the presentation are, from left, Harriman Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey, Roane State Interim Police Chief Mike McCullough and Roane State support staff member Diane Cox.

  • Dunn Foundation honors Sexton

    The Michael Dunn Foundation board of directors recently honored C.G. Sexton for his leadership and service to the Foundation for more than 30 years.  

    The board presented a star to Sexton at one of the residences owned by the Foundation and named after Sexton.

    The C.G. Sexton Home is used by Michael Dunn Center to provide support and a home to people with disabilities.

    During his term, Sexton led an effort to raise funds through an annual reverse raffle.

    He also was respon-sible for leading the