Today's News

  • Volunteer to help seniors this tax season

    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide — the nation’s largest free tax preparation and assistance service — is now seeking volunteers for the 2018 tax season.

    Volunteers don’t have to be an AARP member to volunteer or have any experience doing taxes. They just need a desire to help others.

    Tax volunteers receive free tax training in January and once certified, they work a minimum of four hours a week during tax season, interacting with clients by preparing their tax returns. We need volunteers for Blount, Sevier, Loudon, Roane, and Monroe counties.

  • Seniors rolling for big scores


    November 16

    1st High Game - Diane Moore, Rick Matthews 450

    2nd High Game - Jeri Floyd, Paul Alexander - 467

    3rd High Game - Ken Altes, Rick Alderfer 430

    High Scores today - Rick Matthews 225 game

    High Series for today - Jeri Floyd, Paul Alexander 1253

    High Series November - Beverly Zeilman, George Wadlington 1274

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 167, Rick Matthews 187

  • TWRA names new comm chief

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    Jenifer Wisniewski has been named Chief, Communications and Outreach for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. She comes to the TWRA after serving as the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division.

  • Vols - keyword: missed

    After a solid and fundamentally sound game last week against Kentucky, Tennessee hoped to swing another W to the win column against Missouri.

    They missed.

    The Missouri Tigers (7-4), armed with the second-best QB in the SEC and former head coach Derek Dooley, waltzed into Neyland Stadium and won 50-17. Mizzou became the first team to score 50 points against Tennessee 3 times.

    Ironically, Missouri beat UT 50-17 last year in Columbia, even with the improvements from last year’s horrid defense.

  • Qualls hired to search for new director

    The Roane County Board of Education picked Wayne Qualls to assist in the search for a new director of schools.

    “We felt like we’ve had pretty good service with Mr. Qualls,” Board Member Danny Wright said.

    Qualls has led past searches for the board, including ones that ended with the hiring of Toni McGriff, Gary Aytes and Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Jilted man accused in stabbing

    Mitchell Wright reportedly didn’t react kindly to finding another man in his home one recent morning. He was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing the man.

    The incident happened on Nov. 9.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Officer Alex French contacted Detective Keith Kile around 3:50 a.m. about a stabbing call at 533.5 Greenwood St.


    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Emily Duncan, Lauren Simpson and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!


  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: A lesson in tobacco


    Many years ago, I had a supervisor at work named Andy. He was a displaced Yankee, having been transferred here from Chicago.

    Andy was a good guy and he worked hard to fit in, but his mouth betrayed him to any local.

    He just didn’t talk “right” and try as he may, he never mastered our beautiful East Tennessee twang, so every time he spoke, his displaced (or misplaced) status as a Yankee was confirmed.

  • Harriman splits with Meigs County

    Harriman traveled to face the Meigs County Tigers Thursday evening in Decatur. The Lady Devils lost in the opening game of the night, 62-25. The Blue Devils rebounded after a season opening loss to Sweetwater by by beating the Tigers, 57-43. 

  • Lady ’Cats can’t take sting out of Yellow Jackets

    By Melissa Coley


    In the first meeting of Roane and Morgan County teams this young basketball season, the Coalfield Middle Lady Jackets held on to beat Oliver Springs, 41-37, in a game at Coalfield Thursday evening.

    Maddie Jones had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Oliver Springs

    Jones’ performance was matched by Coalfield’s Alexis Morrison, who finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.