Today's News

  • Summer meal program looks for participants

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services will open the application period for organizations to participate in this year’s Summer Food Service Program on Friday, Feb. 1.

    The goal of the program is to ensure children 18 and younger who benefit from meal programs during the school year continue to have that same access to nutritious meals in the summer.

  • Schools look at funding high school courses

    Offering the same courses in all five Roane County high schools won’t be cheap. Board of Education members heard some figures during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

    “Just for teachers alone and offering the courses it’s $2 million?” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller asked.

    “That’s for regular education curriculum, not including CTE (career and technical education),” Assistant Director of Schools Russell Jenkins responded.

  • Judge orders mediation in ash spill case

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan has ordered mediation in the ash spill workers case.

    “After careful consideration of the parties’ briefs and oral arguments, the Court has concluded that this litigation is one that could benefit from mediation and that it is appropriate to order mediation at this time,” Varlan said in an order filed on Jan. 18.

    The litigation stems from the fly ash disaster at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Bill Lee sworn in as Tennessee’s 50th governor

    By Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican political newcomer Bill Lee on Saturday took the oath of office as the 50th governor of Tennessee, vowing not to solely look to government as the solution to the state’s most pressing challenges.

    “As honored as I am to be your next governor, no governor will solve the problems — in fact, no government will solve the greatest problems that we face,” Lee said. “Government is not the answer to our challenges.”

  • Oliver Springs can’t avoid the sweep

    By Jack Sims


    In a fast paced, physical game, the Onieda Indians were able to take the season sweep of the Oliver Springs Bobcats, 84-62, Friday night.

    Early in the fast paced game, it was the Bobcats taking advantage by controlling the pace. Onieda was initially rocked back on their collective heels and the first round ended with a Bobcat lead of 21-19.

    In the second quarter, however, the Indians started to nail a lid on the Bobcat basket and took the lead a little over halfway into the period. They never let go.

  • Middle School hoops scores round up

    The second round of the TMSSAA district tournament got underway Saturday at Midway Middle School.

    The tournament will continue this week.

    Harriman-b (48) Pelfrey 7, Moore 9, Kreis 4, Campbell 4, McCullum 16, Qualls 4, A. Moore 2, Stokes 2.

    Sunbright (23) Freels 1, Kreis 8, Ward 2, Caves 10, Duncan 2.

    Midway-g (30) Nickells 14, Kile 5, Thompson 4, Cowell 2, Queener 4, Brummett 2.

    Wartburg (16) Armes 7, Laymance 1, Daugherty 2, Walker 2, Mitchell 4.

  • Seniors rolling for big scores


    January 18

    1st High Game - Sylvia Whitehouse, Rick Alderfer 428

    2nd High Game - Sylvia Whitehouse, Rick Alderfer 467

    3rd High Game - Elke Hansard, George Wadlington 438

    High Scores today - Rick Alderfer 237 game, Rick Matthews 206 game

    High Series for today - (TIE) Loretta Carrington, Paul Alexander, Sylvia Whitehouse and Rick Alderfer 1288

    High Series for January - Beverly Zeilman, Bruce Martin 1329

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 168, Rick Matthews 183

  • Sports stringers, free lancers needed

    The Roane County News Sports department is looking for stringer/freelance reporters to help in covering the various sports activities ongoing in Roane County. Interested candidates must be flexible in their schedule and be able to write. A knowledge of sports and ability to take photographs is not required but is a very big plus.

    Anyone interested, please contact Sports Editor, Jason Perry at (865)376-3481, ext. 233 or by email at jperry@roanecounty.com.

  • The sun too bright for the Lady Devils

    By Melissa Coley


    A tenacious defense along with red hot shooting from beyond the arc led Sunbright girls over Harriman by a final score of 41-14.

    The Lady Tigers got off to a dominating start with a 15-0 first quarter run that included five steals and led over the Lady Devils in the first half by a score of 25-2.

    Mckenna Brown’s nine points was tops for Sunbright followed by Alexis Northrup with eight. Nataya Moore scored the lone basket for Harriman.