Today's News

  • Midway sets Bear trap, 28-14

    For the first time since 1992, the Midway Green Wave would get a win over Tellico Plains, as Joe Campbell’s squad downed the Bears, 28-14 Friday night at Midway.

  • Rockwood takes care of old foe, 41-6

    It wasn’t their best performance, but the Rockwood Tigers played pretty well Friday night in picking up a 41-6 victory over Harriman.

    “We looked sloppy at times, but we got the win,” Tiger head coach John Webb said following the victory. “I’d like to look a little sharper at this point of the season.”

  • Bobcats roll over Jellico, 55-8

    Sometimes a week off can pay off with big dividends.

  • Kingston no match for Alcoa

    Sometimes the other team is simply better.

    That was the case Thursday night as Blair Harrison’s Kingston Yellow Jackets suffered a 56-0 loss at the hands of Alcoa.

  • Schools for sale – cheap?

    The Roane County Board of Education is moving ahead with the auction of two schools, setting minimum bids for Walnut Hill and Dyllis elementary schools.
    Walnut Hill closed after the 2010-11 school year and Dyllis closed last summer.
    The board also plans to auction 2.32 acres of vacant land it owns off Eureka Road near Rockwood.
    The board voted to set the minimum bid for Walnut Hill at $25,000 and the minimum bid for Dyllis at $70,000.
    The minimum bid on the Eureka property was set at $5,000.

  • Lawyer fees not paid for Evans accuser

    Rockwood City Council paid the legal fees of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans after she was accused of ethics violations.
    But when a request was made to pay the fees of the former city employee who accused her, it was no-go.
    No one even made a motion to be voted on in the matter.
    City Attorney Greg Leffew, who had said in May that he would come back with a legal opinion, recommended not making any payments of legal fees for former City Recorder Jim Hines.

  • Horse Expo gets good start

    A small but enthusiastic crowd of horse lovers attended the inaugural Tennessee Equine Expo on Saturday at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at  Roane State Community College.
    Eight different horse specialists were on hand to demonstrate their talents at the outdoor arena.
    Expo organizer Bill Anderson estimates around 500 people attended the daylong event.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: This motorcycle mama born to be mild

    I wrote last week about taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and getting my license.
    What I didn’t mention in that column was that I bought a motorcycle a few days before the class began.
    I’d been scanning ads for a few months and had made a handful of calls. I’d even looked at a promising bike  — a Suzuki Boulevard 800 a man was selling in Oak Ridge.
    I also stopped at a couple of dealers, which is where I found my bike.

  • Lawyer lands behind bars

    Attorney Spence Bruner of Roane County was arrested for contempt of court on Wednesday.
    According to an order from the Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville, Bruner was ordered to appear before a panel of the court on Sept. 18.
    The court directed that a warrant be issued for his arrest after he failed to show up.
    Bruner, of 211 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, was booked into the Roane County Jail at 11:16 a.m. He was released a short time later on a $5,000 bond.

  • OUR OPINION: Transparency a requirement for democracy

    This week the Texas Supreme Court upheld the state’s Open Meetings Law, ruling against a group of city council members who argued that limiting their discussion of public business to open meetings violated their own rights to free speech.

    It was an important ruling, because, unlike Tennessee, Texas law holds criminal penalties for those who violate Open Meetings Law.

    “Transparency is furthered by allowing the public to have access to government decision making,” the court said. In other words, in a democracy, voters need to be in on the discussion and debate