Today's News

  • Lady Waves swept by OS

    By Melissa Coley
    Midway traveled to Oliver Springs on Tuesday evening to finish up a two-game series.
    Although they were defeated by a score of 6-1, it was a moral victory for the Lady Waves as they overcame a disastrous game on Monday to play great defense against the fierce Lady Bobcat offense.
    Kaley Beason started the game with a double and scored following singles by Emma Hill and Sophie Patterson, giving Midway a 1-0 lead.

  • ’Cats’ bats heat up in win

    By Melissa Coley


    Oliver Springs returned home to Hightower Field on Tuesday evening to finish a two-game series with district rival Midway and defeated the Waves by a final score of 5-3.

    Blake Crass was on the hill for the Cats while C.J. Huff started for Midway.

    Gabe Moore was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to second on a pickoff attempt, scoring off Huff’s RBI double to give his team a 1-0 lead to start the game.

  • 2 up for trustee; Woody, Morgan for exec

    Roane County will have a new trustee come Sept. 1. Incumbent Wilma Eblen chose not to seek re-election this year.

    Nick Forrester and Chris Mason are vying to replace her. Bina Kirby, who works in the Trustee’s Office, qualified to run last month. Assistant Administrator of Elections Holly Cromwell said Kirby withdrew from the race Thursday morning.

    Election Day is Aug. 2.

  • Sheriff unopposed for 4th term

    Races for Roane County sheriff have sparked some heated contests over the years.

    “There’s been some really hot races,” Roane County Historian Robert Bailey said.

    That won’t be the case this year. Incumbent Jack Stockton was the only person to file to run for the office.

    “That’s amazing,” Bailey said. “It really is.”

    The deadline to file was noon Thursday. Stockton was in Franklin attending a Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association meeting.

  • Energy efficiency and a million-dollar fire truck

    A $900,000 ladder/pumper truck combination is among the items Rockwood is considering using approximately $6 million in borrowed funds to purchase.

    It would meet the needs of two vehicles, replacing a 1991 ladder truck and a 1976 pumper truck.

    “We’ll be able to combine these two with a new ladder pumper truck. We’ll pay $500,000 down,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Roane cleans up on cleaning up

    Efforts to battle litter in Roane County are receiving recognition from state officials.

    The 2018 Annual Litter Grant Report from the Tennessee Department of Transportation highlights programs in use by Roane County to educate citizens about litter reduction.

    Litter grants are the primary funding mechanism for litter reduction and awareness programs conducted by the county Road Department, said Tony Brown, deputy road superintendent.

  • ‘People get mean’

    Business owners in Kingston are concerned about a lack of parking in the downtown area.

    Speaking during the public comment period of a recent City Council workshop, business owners said the parking situation is hurting their business.

    Kyrie Taylor, owner of Everly Blue women’s fashion boutique on North Kentucky Street, said the limited parking available to her customers is a concern.

    The problem is especially bad during days when court is in session, she said.

    “I felt like it was time to do something,” Taylor said.

  • Going With the Flo: We must repent, arise and help our president build

    By Flo Charles

    Let us arise and build!

    These were the words of the people in the book of Nehemiah (from the Bible) after Nehemiah saw the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.

    Nehemiah faced the same fierce, hate, intimidation and ridicule that our president is facing today. They attempted to distract and coerce him into changing his mind, but it didn’t work.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Would it really be a Rockwood Mega-school?

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as the mega-school plan is by far the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time, we feel it not out of order to devote an inordinate amount of time and space to that issue in our columns for the time being, so this column will be so focused.

    First of all, we have been addressed with this question: Why are the Rockwood head men so strongly pushing this plan to eliminate their high school when, since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, Rockwood leadership has always strongly supported their community school?

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers


    March 30

    1st High Game------Loretta Carrington, Wayne Bowman--452

    2nd High Game-------Donna Wright, Paul Alexander---470

    3rd High Game ---Faye Langley, Roger Golliher---444

    High Scores today ----- Ronnie Clark—202 game, Rick Alderfer, 226 game, Rick Matthews---201 games--.Aryn Millhollon 204 game

    High Series today---- Loretta Carrington, Wayne Bowman---1249

    High Series For March---- Diane Moore, George Wadlington---1368