Today's News

  • Roane sees drop in the unemployed

    More than three-quarters of Tennessee’s 95 counties, including Roane County, experienced a drop in unemployment during December 2018 according to data released by Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Jeff McCord.

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate drop in December based on estimates from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Those estimates indicate 22,370 of the county’s 23,230 workforce were employed in December, for an unemployment rate of 3.7.

  • Funding had positive impact on the pay of direct support professionals

    Survey results from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability show that increased funding intended to boost the pay of direct support professionals working with adults with disabilities has had a positive effect on employee wages.

    In 2018, the General Assembly appropriated $49 million in state and federal matching funds to increase the hourly wages of direct support professionals working under the home and community-based services waivers program administered by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


    The Cadillac Grill restaurant located at 108 N Gateway Ave. in Rockwood opened its doors on Tuesday.

    Owner Kevin Hill boasts the new eatery is “the only true sports bar in Roane County.”

    It offers a variety of beers — 16 draft, and 25 bottle selections.

    Hill hopes to get his liquor license in time for the Super Bowl so he can serve wine and liquor.

    Food is also an important part of the fare, which consists of 12 sandwiches, 14 appetizers, four salads, and four desserts for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth.

  • Green Wave can’t get going

    The Midway Green Wave fell to the Oneida Indians, 83-48, Tuesday night at Midway’s Boyd Woody Gym.

    “If Oneida isn’t the best team in the district, they’re right there in the top two,” Green Wave Coach Hoyal Humphreys said. “We knew coming in we’d have our work cut out for us.

    “The guys played hard and I think they did that.”

    Normally a 15-point quarter is a sign of good offensive output.

    When the other team scores 27 in the same period, that may mean it’s going to be a long night.

  • Akers to “cross” to next step

    Roane County Knight lacrosse standout Olivia Akers was joined by friends, family, and coaches this week at Roane County High School as she signed her letter of intent to continue her athletics and education with Tennessee Wesleyan University.

  • Bulldogs take bite out of OS

    By Jack Sims


    In the boys half of the “just up the road” rivalry, the Wartburg Bulldogs took a big bite out of the Oliver Springs Bobcats, winning 78-47.

    Both teams entered the court a little slow, but it was the Bobcats who got warm early.

    Hitting for seventeen points in the first period gave the Bobcats the early lead, 17-9.

    In the second quarter, the Bulldogs growled to life and heated up.

  • Lady ’Cats get district win

    By Jack Sims


    In what has developed into an exciting “just up the road” rivalry, the Oliver Springs Lady Cats traveled to Wartburg to take on the Central High Lady Bulldogs and brought home a win. In a tight back and forth game the final on the scoreboard after 32 minutes was Lady Cats 51, the Lady Bulldogs 47. This was a needed district win for the Lady Cats who have struggled as of late.

  • Bringing home the hardware

    The Cherokee Middle Lady Jackets continued to roll over opponents this after beating the Meigs County Middle Lady Tigers, 50-27, Tuesday. The win improved Cherokee’s record to 20-1 this season and garnered the team the first district basketball title in more in five years. The Lady Jackets will move on to the sectional tournament at Sevierville Middle School Tuesday evening at 6:15 p.m.

  • Lady Waves lose defensive battle

    The Midway Lady Waves lost a defensive battle with the visiting Oneida Lady Indians Tuesday night and as a result lost on the scoreboard as well, 43-38.

    It was apparent from the start the teams were evenly matched.

    Heavy defensive pressure from both sides left the game scoreless for the first three and half minutes of play.

    Finally Oneida struck, capitalizing on Midway’s lack of size by zipping a pass to the post to Katelyn Stiltner to break the scoreless deadlock.

  • Blue Devils sweep Tigers

    By Melissa Coley


    Harriman defeated Rockwood on Tuesday evening by a final score of 68-51.

    The Tigers jumped out to a 14-8 lead over Harriman with 2:33 left in the first quarter but Coach Shay Shannon cleared his bench and junior guards Jerelijah Martin and Ethan Adkisson came into the game on a mission to not only tie things up but to give their team the lead at 18-16 after one.