Today's News

  • Raiderettes fall at Spartanburg, 74-72

    The Roane State Raiderettes recently returned to the floor after Christmas break, but the first game of 2011 wasn’t a good one for Monica Boles’ squad as the Raiderettes dropped a 74-72 decision at Spartanburg Methodist.

  • Bobcats well-represented on all-district team

    The coaches in District 4-A recently chose the 2010 all-district team and Oliver Springs was well-represented as 12 Bobcats received superlative awards or were named to the unit’s first or second team.

  • Late rally lifts Lady Waves past Grace

    Friday night was a big night for the Midway Lady Green Waves as Amy Woody’s squad picked up a 47-40 victory over visiting Grace Christian Academy.

    Friday’s victory was anything but easy for the Lady Waves as Midway trailed for much of the evening.

  • Jackets sweep Loudon

    The Kingston Lady Jackets earned a big win Friday night as the Lady Jackets led nearly from wire-to-wire for an impressive 48-42 win over a very talented Loudon Lady Redskins team. 

  • Tigers, Devils split district contest

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Rockwood Tigers completed their season series Friday night at Rockwood’s Tom W. Evans Gymnasium and it would be the Rockwood girls and Harriman boys coming away with victories.

  • Power outage comes with an opportunity

    First of all, we’d like to express our thanks to the Rockwood Electric Utility crews who spent hours working in the cold Saturday.
    A pole fire sent parts of Kingston and Midtown into a blackout on a very cold day. Even worse, many people were without any heat for more than five hours.
    While we appreciate the work that was put in to get the power restored, we think the widespread outage on Saturday lends an opportunity for improvement.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    During my nearly 30 years of marriage, I’ve been blessed to have great in-laws.
    From what some of my friends and acquaintances say, my experience puts me in the minority.
    I’ll happily stay there.
    While my late father-in-law passed on 15 years ago and hasn’t been with us to watch his grandson grow into a fine young man, my mother-in-law is still very much a part of our lives.
    On Saturday night, after a wonderful home-cooked meal at her house, we finally had “Christmas.”

  • Four charged in TennCare fraud cases

    At least four Roane County residents have run afoul of TennCare laws since November, according to the Tennessee Office of the Inspector General.
    The latest was Bradley Allen Price.
    The Inspector General’s office said Friday that Price, 34, was charged with TennCare fraud for doctor shopping in Knox County.
    He was also charged with obtaining possession of a controlled substance by fraud.

  • Budget shortfalls — pay raises

    Do ambulance workers deserve a raise when their department is in such dire financial straits?

    That’s a question county commissioners could have to answer in the coming weeks.

    Gloria Wright, director of the ambulance service, has requested a raise of 5 cents an hour for her employees.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the request came as a shock to him.

    The ambulance department is projected to have just $18,000 when the fiscal year ends June 30.

    That’s not enough to keep the department operating.  

  • Electrical outage victims left to wonder

    Approximately 2,000 Rockwood Electric Utility customers were without electricity much of Saturday after a piece of equipment on top of a power pole blew up, setting fire to a power line near RedBones on the River.

    Some were without power for more than five hours. With nightfall coming and temperatures heading into the teens, they were left hanging on their options.

    That could change, according to Kendall Bear, general manager of REU, but not any time soon.