Today's News

  • Kingston can’t hold off Halls

    Boys Singles

    Kingston lost 0-6 to Halls (0-4 with 2 forfeits) (lack of players)

    Boys Doubles

    Kingston lost 0-3 to Halls (0-2 with 1 forfeit)

    Girls Singles

    Kingston lost 1-5 to Halls (Only win was by Maria Rincón De La Rosa)

    Girls Doubles

    Kingston won 2-1 to Halls

  • Rockwood takes two from Midway

    With the season winding down, the Rockwood Lady Tigers overcame adversity and an early deficit to sweep the Midway Lady Waves in a double-header Tuesday night with scores of 9-6 and 9-7 at Midway’s Sports Complex.

    “Those were two tough games,” Rockwood Coach Guy Thompson said. “They were close and Midway played well.

    “They weren’t our best games, but we kept plugging away and came out with two big wins.”

    The first game saw the Lady Waves take a quick 2-0 lead after the first inning.

  • Lady Waves drop twin-bill

    By Jack Sims


    There is nothing soft about it! End of the season, double header in the afternoon heat and glare, dirt and dust. Trust me, these girls are not soft!! They may not be as fast or strong or powerful as equivalent age boy’s teams, but they play with a spirit and intensity that most boys’ teams don’t match.

  • Heroics propel Lady Tigers

    By Melissa Coley


    If the game between Wartburg and Rockwood is any indication of how the district tournaments will be played out then get ready for some intense hardnosed softball over the next week as it took seven innings with the Lady Tigers taking the win as senior Cassidy Tilley hit a 2-run homerun to put her team in the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and they held on to defeat Wartburg by a final score of 9-7.

  • Fields of DREAMS

    The site where the Roane County Board of Education is planning to build a new consolidated high school might not even be suitable to construct such a facility.

    “So we don’t even know if the land is suitable to build on yet?” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson asked during a work session last week.

    “I think that’s a risk,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins responded.

  • TVA funds go to lights

    New downtown lights and street signs with directional information will soon be finding their way into historic downtown Harriman.

    The changes are among some of the last beautification measures the city will be doing with TVA money it received after the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill.

    The large directional signs at each intersection on Roane Street will point travelers toward areas of interest, such as churches and businesses.

  • More work for dangerous intersection

    The work to make Harriman’s intersection of Pine Ridge and Hwy. 70 at Midtown safer may kick off this summer.

    The city of Harriman is working with the state to use safety grant money to improve the traffic signals and intersection.

    “This project is currently in the May 11 bid letting. The due date for project completion is on or before December 15,” said Mark Nagi, community relations officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • Special NRC inspection at Watts Bar nuclear plant

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has launched a special inspection into the circumstances surrounding voids in the residual heat removal system, which made it inoperable for a time on both Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the Watts Bar nuclear plant.

    The TVA-operated facility is near Spring City, Tenn., about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The residual heat removal system is used to complete the plant’s cooldown process at lower pressures and also provides important functions during certain accident scenarios.

  • Dispose of household hazardous waste the safe way on May 12

    Roane County residents can dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Day.

    The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at Roane County Recycling Facility at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    “You are probably thinking you don’t have any hazardous materials in your house,” said Ralph Stewart, Roane County solid waste director. “Surprisingly, many household items are flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic and should not be thrown into the garbage.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Another Elegy for Appalachia

    By Mark Banker

    J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” spoke recently at the University of Tennessee. His visit to East Tennessee spurred me to share these thoughts about our similar – yet very different – journeys.

    Mine began and continues in Roane County!

    Vance’s ancestors settled in hardscrabble Eastern Kentucky at a time when coal was king. There, they developed traits that came to distinguish Appalachian: an isolated rural lifestyle, fierce independence and disdain for formal education.