Today's News

  • Election primary drift allowed

    Despite the cross-voting controversy that occurred in 2012, it looks like Republicans will continue to have an open primary this year.

    The state party didn’t express concerns about it, either.

    “We want Republicans to participate and vote in those primaries, but state law allows anyone to participate and we want to follow state law,” said Tennessee Republican Party Executive Director Brent Leatherwood.

  • Kingston officials seek to promote tweets

    Kingston officials decided in February that the Ladd Greenway project is for the birds.

    Which isn’t to speak ill of it, in this instance. At the February council sessions, council members heard updates on the latest greenway improvements and discussed a plan to make the park a bird-watching destination.

  • Seat-belt effort ramping up

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Office launched a new highway safety campaign aimed at increasing seatbelt usage across the state. The Seatbelts Are For Everyone is designed to increase seatbelt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee. The Roane County Sheriff Office is just one of the law enforcement agencies participating in the campaign.

    “We want to save lives and by bringing up seat belt usage, we will help do that,” Sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Anderson said.

  • The Garden Gate: What heals you may have once healed Grandpa

    To read a 16th century herbal is a fascinating experience. The unfamiliar spelling, sometimes mysterious turn of phrase, and formal, often ponderous sentences are almost like another language.

    But the descriptions of various plants are as accurate as they are today.

    In ancient times, most medical doctors were really herbalists, and plants provided the basis for most of their remedies.

    A lot of other ingredients were often added, some of them quite weird and often revolting. They ranged from powdered pearls to frog’s eyes.

  • March Madness coming to Roane State

     Roane State Community College will host the 2014 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Region VII Basketball Tournament March 4-8 on the main campus in Harriman.

    Tournament action opens Tuesday, March 4 at 2 p.m. and continues though Saturday, March 8. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $2 for students and are available at the door.

  • Lady ’Cats season ends in overtime, 41-36


    The 2013-14 season came to a close Monday night for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats, but not before Michelle Christopher’s squad gave the No. 3 ranked Meigs County Lady Tigers quite a scare before dropping a 41-36 decision in overtime in the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals.

  • Roane State offering free admission to Thursday’s games


    Fans who wear pink to Roane State Community College basketball games on Thursday, Feb. 27 will be admitted free and will be supporting a nationwide effort to raise awareness about breast cancer.

    The Roane State women play Cleveland State at 5:30 p.m. in the gym on the main campus in Harriman. The men’s game follows at 7:30 p.m.

  • Wartburg knocks out Rockwood for second year

     The fourth Saturday in February has been bad for the Rockwood Tigers, but great for the Wartburg Bulldogs the last two seasons.

  • Patriots knock off Falcons in title game, 62-51


    Powered by 36 points from senior guard Samuel Parrott, the Mount Pisgah Patriots captured the Tennessee Athletics Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) East Region A Championship Saturday afternoon with a 62-51 victory over Fairview Christian Academy.

  • Lady Patriots rally comes up short in title game

     With the Tennessee Athletic Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) East A Region Tournament championship on the line, the Mount Pisgah Lady Patriots went cold, real cold.