Today's News

  • Fun stint in movie has ties to Roane -- in more ways than one



    One of Roane County’s most well-known stories is being retold for the big screen.

    The story of the Roane County recluse Felix  “Bush” Breazeale, who famously held his own funeral years before he died, is being made into a movie starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.

  • Rumor and innuendo no basis for vote

    Already local election signs are popping up like daffodils around the county.

    Democracy, indeed, is a beautiful thing, but sometimes the process can get ugly.

    Sadly, some of Roane County elections get a case of the “uglies” now and then, and we expect a few races in the June 2 election to hit a few sour notes before the ballots are tabulated.

    One thing to be on the lookout for are unsigned “slam” sheets that spread unsupported rumors and innuendo in an attempt to sway the vote.

  • Lady Waves wrap up district title


    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Lady Green Waves won their fourth consecutive District 3-A regular season championship following a 15-0 win over Harriman Monday at Midway.

    Midway stands at 18-3 overall and are 7-0 in the district. In those seven district contests, the Lady Waves have outscored their competition by a combined score of 92-3.

  • Colyer shuts down Harriman


    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Lady Green Waves wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the upcoming District 3-A Tournament Thursday evening with a 10-0 victory over visiting Harriman.

    Midway will now look to capture the regular season title outright as the Lady Waves play Harriman again Monday and then they visit Greenback Wednesday to conclude the regular season portion of their district schedule. A win in either of those games would leave Midway alone atop the District 3-A standings.

  • Remembering James Sams



    It’s often said that you can tell how a person lived their life by how they’re remembered.

    James Sams III will be remembered for his abilities as an athlete, a friend and a person.

    Sams, 18, died late Tuesday afternoon in a tragic head-on collision. His death has rocked Roane County High School and touched Roane County as a whole.

  • Lady Tigers pick up big win


    Roane Newspapers

    After dropping a pair of games to Midway earlier in the season, the Rockwood Lady Tigers knew they had to beat Harriman Thursday night if they wanted to stay in the race for the regular season District 3-A title.

    Rockwood did just that as Jessica Jones' squad never trailed in picking up an 8-1 victory.

  • Devils take two from Tigers


    Roane Newspapers

    Roane County's biggest springtime rivals met again Tuesday and Wednesday and it would be the fans of the Harriman Blue Devils holding bragging rights for the time being as Andy Adcox's squad swept the season series from Rockwood.

    On Tuesday, the Blue Devils traveled to Rockwood and handed the Tigers a 12-1 setback. Harriman completed the sweep Wednesday, but it wasn't as easy as Harriman held off Rockwood, 11-6.

    Game One

  • Gun found in Oakdale School


    Morgan County News Editor

        Director of Schools Mike Davis confirmed on Friday that a gun had been found in a student’s backpack at Oakdale School.

        “As far as we know there was no intended target. It appears that the student just wanted to prove they could get away with it,” Davis said.

  • Three high schools searched for drugs



    Drug searches at Harriman, Oliver Springs and Rockwood high schools netted a handful of drug charges Friday morning.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said the most significant find was at Harriman High School, where dogs located a small amount of marijuana separately bagged in the vehicle of a juvenile male.

    “It appeared to be separately bagged for the purpose of resale,” Johnson said.

  • Former Roane Countian named to White House post


    A Roane County native will help President Barack Obama in his efforts to fix the nation’s health care crisis.

    This week, the president introduced Nancy-Ann DeParle as the director of the White House Office for Health Reform.  

    “I’m really honored to be asked by President Obama to be part of his team working to lower costs and provide health care insurance and better quality to all Americans,” she said from the East Room of the White House.