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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Our founders wouldn’t gobble up Ben’s idea

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    With this year’s Fourth of July fresh in our memories, it is intriguing to know of the great controversy which developed when a national bird to symbolize American characteristics was being chosen soon after the original Independence Day.

    Many patriotic citizens voted for the great wild turkey, which was far more common to colonials than the more rare bald eagle.

  • Dixie Youth state tourneys coming to town

    Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex will be a busy place later this week as 32 of the best Dixie Youth baseball teams in the state of Tennessee will be in Roane County for the 2011 Dixie Youth A and AA State Tournaments.

    “We’re real excited to have the Dixie Youth State Tournaments in Rockwood,” Rockwood Mayor James Watts said. “A lot of people have worked really hard to bring the event here and we’re real pleased to be hosting it.”

  • Kingston hands loss to Greenback

    Armed with timely hitting and exceptional pitching, the Kingston Yellow Jackets buzzed past the Greenback Cherokees in 11- to 12-year-old Dixie Youth League state tournament action.

    Both teams left runners on second base in the first inning. Kingston scored its first run at the bottom of the second on a balk by the Greenback pitcher, followed by RBI singles by Benji Headrick and Jadon Hensley and an RBI off an error to take a 4-0 advantage.

  • Jackets drop one to Tellico

    In just one day’s time, the Kingston Yellow Jackets went from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat.

    The Jackets left 11 men on base as they dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to the Tellico Plains Bears in Dixie Youth Baseball 11- to 12-year-old action.

    Neither team put runs on the board for the first inning.

    Kingston left runners on the corners in the top of the second inning as Tellico Plains scored on an RBI single by Cody Swanson, but left the bases juiced to take a 1-0 lead.

  • Tigers downed by Madisonville dominance

    Domination would describe the matchup between Rockwood and Madisonville.

    The Tornadoes ripped through Rockwood 13-0 Friday night.

    Madisonville scored in the top of the first off a Tanner Moser blast that went a good 275 feet.

    It was all downhill from there for the Tigers.

    Austin Ford and Josh Sloan batted in Tornado singles at the top of the second, with J.D. Wiggins hitting in a double and Nick Herrill stealing home for a 5-0 lead.

  • Upward Flag football signups next 2 Saturdays

    Upward flag football signups will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16 and July 23 at the Roane State Community College field.

    Signups are for ages 4 through eighth grade.

    Call 924-2862 for details.

  • SOR Fun Run set for July 30

    The South of the River Fun Run will start at 8 a.m. July 30 at Midway High School.

    The fun run will feature a certified 5K run, kids mile and 2-mile walk.

    All proceeds benefit the Midway High School football and basketball programs.

    The fun run is part of Family Fun Day with activities, games and food from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

    Call 376-5645 or 617-0399 for details.

  • Amped up for the game
  • Tilling the garden
  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 13 cases disposed

    Timothy E. Bell, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    Steven E. Braden, first-offense seat belt 16-17. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    Michael D. Dautel, financial responsibility law. Dismissed, cost to state.

    Kate Lynn A. Davis, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.