Today's News

  • Woman accused of dog cruelty issues spitting threat, jailed on meth charge

    Rockwood police responded to the IGA grocery store on Thursday to investigate a report about a woman being cruel to a dog in the parking lot.

    “K-9 Officer (Charles) Haubrich and myself (Officer Chris Kennedy) arrived and we made contact with the female identified as Ms. Patricia Oran,” the report said. “While officers were speaking with Patricia about her dog that was in her van they did notice that she appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic.”

    The report said Oran told police she had taken Xanax.

  • Miller: School plan cheaper than 5

    The debate over the school building program continues to plow familiar ground as county leaders wrestle with what could be the biggest financial decision in the county’s history.

    During a meeting held at Roane County High School Thursday, members of the Board of Education and County Commission continued an attempt to convince skeptical commissioners to provide funding for the proposed $68 million school building program.

    The plan involves consolidating high schools in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood into a new building near Roane State Community College.

  • Flower power
  • Roane County lacrosse teams split

    The Roane County Knights beat Blount County Thursday evening 10-5 while the Lady Knights fell to Alcoa, 14-6.

  • Jacket duo set for next step
  • Lady ’Cats can’t cool Lady Tiger bats

    By Taylor Crombie

    for the Roane County News

    The Sunbright Lady Tigers turned the tables on the visiting Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats Wednesday night in the two teams’ final game of the regular season.

    Oliver Springs rallied in the fifth inning last week at home to defeat the Lady Tigers 6-3, but couldn’t handle Sunbright’s hot bats on the road and lost 9-3.

  • Middle School playoffs underway

    By Melissa Coley


    Oakdale defeats

    Oliver Springs

    Oakdale defeated Oliver Springs by a final score of 3-2 in four innings on Thursday evening.

    Austin Swafford was on the mound for the Eagles and gave up a hit to Skyler York but he was left stranded on base as the defense backed him up and got three outs.

    Jacob Hileman was on the mound for the Cats and quickly got three up three down with two strikeouts to put his team back on offense.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 2, give the lady a map of the county
  • Going With the Flo: Attacks on conservatives sabotaging our freedom

    By Flo Charles

    “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” — Thomas Jefferson

    We must face the fact that the leftists in America do not want a free America; they just want to control America.

    This anti-American sabotage has been spreading like gangrene, blocking our president’s nominees by publicizing degrading stories to destroy their credibility and attacking conservatives with an all-out force.

  • Life Choices

    A new pregnancy center called Life Choices of Roane County aimed at helping young mothers in crisis pregnancies to choose life for their unborn children is taking shape.

    A group of women who became known as the Life Ladies held the first informational meeting to garner support last month.

    “We met about a year ago and started praying about what to do. At that point we started volunteering at the Dayton Care Center,” said Michelle Watkins.