Today's News

  • Snow day welcome reprieve from sickness in the schools

    Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes welcomed Tuesday’s cancellation of classes.

    The school system has been dealing with some sickness issues, and he was hoping the time off could help that subside.

    “We got to 11 percent last Friday,” Aytes said. “Normally you get up around 15 percent you have to start looking, especially if it’s your staff and you can’t get subs.”

    School officials decided to cancel classes Tuesday because forecasts called for snow.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Haslam praised for bipartisan efforts in time as governor

    By Mark Banker

    Last week Bill Haslam received well-deserved praise for eight unusually effective and enlightened years as governor of Tennessee.

    The accolades, however, overlooked his greatest accomplishment.

    In the 1990s my wife, Kathy, taught Bill and Crissy Haslam’s three children as Webb School fifth graders. A few years later, I taught Will, Annie and Leigh in Webb’s Upper School.

  • Inside the First Amendment: Shutdown showed we should be more civil to civil servants

    By Lata Nott

    The longer the government shutdown persisted, the more aware we all became of just how many functions the federal government actually performs.

  • Middle School All-Tournament team named

    Girls District All-Tournament team

    Madi Jones, Oliver Springs

    Sarah Beth Nickell, Midway

    Sydney Queener, Midway

    Lydia Byrd, Coalfield

    Kaydence Jackson, Coalfield

    Kayley Newan, Harriman

    Addison Oliver, Harriman

    Madelyn Ladd, Harriman (MVP)

    Boys District All-Tournament team

    Eli Braden, Lake City

    Michael Tuck, Oliver Springs

    Kane Gouge, Oliver Springs

    Isaac Elliott, Lake City

    Cole Hines, Coalfield

    Talan Moore, Harriman

  • Oliver Springs edges out Coalfield

    By Jason Perry


    The Olver Springs Middle Bobcats beat rival Coalfield, 25-20, in the third place game Thursday night at Midway Middle School.

    The win advances the Bobcats to the TMSSAA Sectional Tournament this week.

    The game had been close throughout with neither team able to put the other away.

    The final quarter began with the Yellow Jackets in control of an 18-15 lead.

    It wouldn’t last as Oliver Springs continued to chip away.

  • Lady Waves aggressive in win

    The Midway Middle School Lady Waves used rebounding and aggression to their advantage Thursday night to beat Oliver Springs, 38-27, in the third place game of the district tournament at Midway.

    The Lady Bobcats jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the early moments of the contest, but it was at this point, back-to-back three-pointers from Sydney Queener sparked Midway.

    The Lady Waves played like they were possessed as the level of pressure and aggression ramped up to force turnover after turnover.

  • HMS sweeps title games

    The Harriman Middle Lady Devils came away with a resounding, 35-14, victory Thursday night against rival Coalfield for the championship in the district tournament at Midway.

    “We’re so proud of our team,” Harriman Coach Johnny Jones said. “They came out and played excellent defense for the entire tournament.

    “In three games we held our opponents to an average of 10.5 points while we averaged 47 a game.”

    The game started with both teams appearing to be evenly matched.

  • HMS sweeps title games

    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils didn’t leave any doubt as to who should be the middle school district champs Thursday evening, beating the Lake City Lakers 51-29 at Midway Middle School.

    Although the Lakers were able to keep the score a respectable 11-7 in the opening quarter, things got out of hand for them in the second.

    Behind the scoring of Jordon McCullum, Harriman started a period long 17-4 run.

    The Blue Devils outmatched Lake City at every turn on both ends of the court.