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Today's News

  • Jackets and Wildcats square off
  • Tigers one play short

    By Jason Perry
    jperry@roanecounty.com
    The Rockwood Tigers couldn’t hang on and lost to the Tyner Rams, 16-10, in the semi-finals of the Class 2A TSSAA Playoffs Friday night at Civitan Field.
    “Words can’t describe how proud I am of these kids right now,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said.
    “They played so hard and for so long.”
    Knotted at 10 throughout the third quarter and much of the fourth, Tyner finally broke the deadlock with a 10-yard keeper by quarterback Jaylen Bowens into the end zone.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: On the unholy alliance of Evangelicals and GOP

    Gentle reader: We are increasingly troubled by the marriage between that segment of the Protestant religious community styled “Evangelicals”, and the dominant wing of the Republican Party; a marriage made not in heaven. but in another place, which shall remain unnamed.

  • GOING with the FLO: Giving thanks for those who help others, especially Walter

    In spite of many last-minute obstacles, I was determined to attend Sen. Yager’s Chili Supper last Friday night.

    The atmosphere was ecstatic with singing and joyous laughter all around. I saw many faces of years gone by, renewed old friendships and was inspired by the state leaders who came to help serve the chili.

    Sen. Yager’s sister-in-law, Leota Wallick, made the delicious homemade chili for an estimated 600 people and has done so every year. What a labor of love! Everyone knew their responsibility and did it with excellence.

  • Get through the holidays with your health

    It’s an exhausting, stressful time of the year, and Kingston Public Library and Roane County UT Extension Office aim to help their neighbors get through the holiday season.

    The two are teaming up to present a pair of workshops in the coming weeks at the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “How to Have a Healthy Holiday” will be on Nov. 30, with “Dealing With Holiday Stress” planned for the following week on Dec. 7.

    Roane County Extension Agent Kristina Casterline will give the presentations, both of which start at 6 p.m.

  • A hole lot of digging
  • Man says biker threatened him

    Jayson Turner of Rockwood told police he was threatened by a man on a motorcycle last week.

    Turner knows the alleged perpetrator, Larry Shane Chrisco, according to the report.

    “I spoke with Jayson Turner on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Roane County Health Department about harassment and threats he has been receiving from Larry Shane Chrisco,” Officer Jared Hall wrote in his report.

    “He told me this all started over a motorcycle he bought from him about four months ago.”

  • Midtown collision sends folks to hospital
  • ‘Menace’ label cited for venue change

    The last time Larry Adkisson faced a Roane County jury he was found guilty. He doesn’t want to face another one at his next trial.

    Adkisson’s lawyer, Ian McCabe of Knoxville, filed a motion last week requesting a change of venue.

    McCabe claims potential jurors have been tainted by coverage of Adkisson in the Roane County News.

  • Worker disputing demotion granted bonus

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board approved a $15,000 bonus to cover lost wages and benefits for an employee appealing his demotion.

    Larry A. Thompson said his demotion was related to a 2015 driving under the influence charge in Cumberland County.

    Thompson said that charge was later reduced to reckless endangerment not involving a vehicle as part of a settlement.

    The $15,000 approved is to cover back pay. He will also be reimbursed for 80 hours of vacation and 80 hours of sick leave.