Today's News

  • Grace sweeps Rockwood

    The Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers were as cold offensively as last week’s ice storm in dropping a pair of games against Grace Christian Academy on Monday.

  • Devils, Lady Tigers pick up championships

    Rockwood’s girls and Harriman’s boys chose different paths to claim their district championships. 

    Rockwood girls led from the opening moments and never trailed in defeating Fort Loudon 34-18 to claim the Area 4-AA title.

  • Lady Jackets upset CAK, 50-44

    A slow start couldn’t keep the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets from picking up their biggest win of the season Tuesday night, as Connie Guinn’s squad picked up a 50-44 victory over District 4-AA foe, Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK).

  • 'Dogs bite Tigers

    The Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs’ bite proved to be just as effective as their bark en route to a 44-18 win over Rockwood Tuesday evening. 

  • Social media experiment on storm deemed successful

    The Roane County Highway Department and Roane County Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security reached out on social media like Facebook to update residents on road conditions and weather updates during two recent winter weather events.
    Particularly last week, when icy rain hit the region, the two agencies updated their respective Facebook accounts frequently with information on various road conditions, accidents and news on changing weather.

  • Top state lawyer at courthouse

    Robert Lee, general counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, was at the Roane County Courthouse on Jan. 24 carrying a brown box.
    The chief lawyer for the department shared pleasantries with Trustee Wilma Eblen, and then walked into the County Executive’s Office to meet with some Property Assessor’s Office employees.
    “Just working on some matters with the assessor’s office,” he said, when asked what brought him to town.
    Lee said “no” when asked if he was investigating anyone.

  • County needs audit committee, state says

    The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Local Government Audit has released the annual financial report of Roane County this month.
    The report covered the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2012, and had one finding and one best practice suggestion.
    The finding noted that computer  usernames and passwords were shared by employees in the Roane County Trustee’s Office.

  • Third Houston brother a mystery

    Clyde Houston had two sons, Leon and Rocky, according to his obituary. However, Cleveland attorney James Logan said in a court filing that Clyde also had a son named Tommy.
    “Diligent inquiry has been made of family members and persons within the community,” Logan wrote. “Research has not revealed the address of potential heir Tommy Houston.”
    Clyde was a former Roane County commissioner who lived in Ten Mile. He passed away on March 14, 2012.


    A story on a holdup at a Kingston pharmacy in the Jan. 21 edition of the Roane County News listed the value of drugs taken at more than $50,000. A pharmacist there said police were likely looking at the street value of the narcotics from Kinser Drugs, but the retail value was more like $5,000.

  • Free speech and the right to be crass

    President, First Amendment Center
    One measure of our freedom is how foolish we’re allowed to be in exercising our rights.
    Case in point: Joseph W. Resovsky of Columbia Station, Ohio, decided to provoke some people with a grossly insensitive post on his Facebook page referring to the shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.: “I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!”