Today's News

  • Meet Roane’s 2013 Teachers of the Year

    Roane County Board of Education recognized 2013 Teacher of the Year winners during its April meeting.

    The county's Teachers of the Year are Bowers Elementary's Brenda Arwood, elementary; Cherokee Middle's Lana Foster, middle; and Harriman High's Theresa McKenrick.

    They and Teachers of the Year chosen from each school were honored by Director of Schools Gary Aytes, Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago and their supervisors.




  • GUEST OPINION: Praise our teachers for important work

    Tennessee Education Association
    Public education reform has been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels for several years.  

    When the Bush Administration passed No Child Left Behind, the plan called for every student in every public school achieving specific learning goals by 2014.  

    Since its passage, we have seen an increase in standardized and high-stakes tests across the nation and here in Tennessee, since many reformers believe the only way to measure student achievement is through testing.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s time to protect and defend America

    There is said to be an ancient Chinese curse that says: “May you live in interesting times!”

    You may well think that that ancient Chinaman had our times in mind, for interesting they are, and many would think that enduring them qualifies as a curse

    There is one aspect which we think curse-like, and that is that they are highly disputatious times, in which almost nothing in public life exists which is not vehemently disputed.

    You say a thing is good; I say that thing is bad. And so it goes, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

  • How often to test?

    The Roane County Board of Education is still grappling with what to do about its drug testing for athletes policy.

    Under current rules, parents and guardians can sign a form to opt out their children.

    Recently, the board was presented with a revised policy that would have removed the opt-out clause. It also included language to limit student athletes to two random tests per season when the results are negative.  

  • Three charged in string of burglaries

    Three men have been charged in a string of vehicle burglaries in different areas of Harriman.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said the burglaries were concentrated around Margrave and Montcrest drives, but other areas were hit.

    Andrew R. Stockton, 18; Brandon Blake Hill, 19; and James Charles Luffman, 19; were all charged with theft over $1,000.

    Stockton was also charged with three counts of theft over $500, a count of theft under $500 and two counts of burglary.

    Hill was also charged with two counts of theft over $500, and

  • Lady Devils swept despite strong pitching


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  • Midway downs AAA Dragons, 7-5

    The Midway Lady Green Waves picked up a 7-5 win at Clinton last Friday to sweep the season series against the AAA Lady Dragons.

    Midway beat Clinton 12-11 at home several weeks ago using a three-run seventh inning rally for the win. Last Friday’s game gave Midway a 19-7-1 record.

  • Lady Jackets wrap up District 4-AA title with 6-2 victory

    The Kingston Lady Jackets traveled to Stone Memorial in their last regular season district game. Kingston needed the win to seal their fate as the number one team in District 4-AA, and a win is what the Lady Jackets got, winning by a final of 6-2. 

  • Lady Waves top Grace Christian, share 3-A title

    The Midway Lady Green Waves accomplished their mission to beat Grace Christian and become regular season cochampion of District 3-A with a 4-3 win Wednesday evening, but because of an unusual tie-breaking rule, the Lady Waves will end up as the second seed in the district tourney next week at Tellico Plains.

  • Lady ‘Cats bring home District 4-A title

    With a regular season district title hanging in the balance, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats emphatically put an exclamation point on an amazing regular season with an 8-0 win over the Oneida Lady Indians on the strength of a 15-strikeout performance by Courtney Jones.