Today's Sports


    The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Ouachita and the Hot Springs, Arkansas, area August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015. Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

  • Future basketball stars in the...



    A retired women’s professional basketball player shared her skills with Roane County youth last week.

    Carolyn Bush Roddy, a Roane County High School basketball standout, played professionally and internationally, and she now takes those skills and gives them to others.

    “I wanted to give back to the community,” Carolyn Bush Roddy said.

    She recently held a camp at Roane State Community College, and eight campers participated.

  • A mammoth-sized catfish caught...

    From staff reports

    An unbelievable fish story and possible new state record happened on the local waters of Watts Bar Lake for a 16-year-old Kingston fisherman.

    Troy Powers reeled in what was guessed to be a near 100 pound Flathead Catfish. It bottomed out a 50 pound scale and when Powers held up his catch against his 5 foot 9 inch frame, the fish’s tail still touched the bottom of the boat. Powers caught the mammoth catfish over the Memorial Day weekend with his father, Mike Powers and neighbor, Derrick Stafford.

  • Greenwaves excited to put on pads

    Midway High School opens its 2015 football season on Aug. 20 at Rockwood.

    In addition to fundamentals such as tackling and blocking, first-year head coach Ryen Minton will be focused on keeping players healthy this preseason. With a roster of only about 30 players, he doesn’t have much of a choice.

    “That’s the part of this job that’s very difficult,” Minton said, “getting them ready to play and not injuring them in the process.”

  • RCHS camp offers volleyball...

    Roane County High School’s volleyball team held its first camp this summer.

    Roane County High School coach Megan Skinner hopes it will give the girls experience that will help them when they come join the team as high school students.

    “We are looking to better our program. We have to find a way to build skills before the kids get here so the camp is doubling as a fundraiser and as a way for the girls to build skills before they come here,” Skinner said.

    Four campers attended this inaugural camp with the high school team.

  • Kingston takes on Morristown...
  • Kingston looks to build on...

    With the TSSAA dead period officially coming to a close on the Fourth of July, teams will now report back with their coaches and begin work for the 2015-16 seasons.

    For Kingston head coach Colt Narramore, that means a lot of getting back to the basics.

  • Rockwood swim team makes strides...

    For most sports, the end of June and first of July are considered dead-periods.

    No contact between players and coaches, no practices, only personal workouts.

    For the Rockwood swim team, however, things are just heating up.

    So far this season, the team has only had two meets: one against Kingston, and another against Ft. Saunders.

    Despite early season struggles in the pool, the team has come a long way from its rebirth four years ago.

  • Do we expect too much as...

    Believe it or not, yes, professional athletes are humans like the rest of us.

    They also, like the rest of us, possess the ability to say some incredible stupid things.

    The only difference is when they say incredibly stupid things, chances are, it’s not going to simply be going gentle into the good night.

    So it should come as no surprise after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage last Friday that stupid things were said.

  • FLW Tour Pros Wesley Strader,...

    Things didn’t exactly go as planned for local FLW pros Brad Knight and Wesley Strader this past weekend on the Potomac River.

    Neither pro made the cut to compete on day three after Strader, of Rockwood, hauled in only 23 pounds, four ounces to finish in 48th, and Knight, of Lancing, captured 76th place with 21 pounds, 10 ounces.

    Clark Wendlandt, of Leander, Texas, took the top spot with a four-day total of 60 pounds, winning the $125,000 prize.