Today's News

  • Three Trailblazers
  • Racial slurs prompt civil rights probe

    Racial slurs painted on the walkways outside the main entrance to Oliver Springs High School are being investigated by local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    The anti-Hispanic comments were aimed at a school administrator.

    “It was several different racial slurs,” Oliver Springs High School resource officer Steve Sanders said.

    About eight different places were defaced by blue painted words, in some cases including the last name of the administrator.

  • Change of course for Riverboat

    A request to defer payments from the Watts Bar Riverboat Co. to the city was pulled at Tuesday’s Kingston City Council meeting.

    Dave Westberg, head of the riverboat company, spoke during citizen comments to tell the council that he was pulling his request.

    “We have received some good, positive information and believe that we will be able to pay the city by this Friday,” Westberg told the council. “With that, we will leave it.”

    He did not explain the change of fortune, nor did he return a call from the Roane County News.

  • OSMS boys, girls collect wins over Harriman

    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils hosted Oliver Springs Monday night and the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats enjoyed their trip to Richard Pickell Gymnasium as they picked up a sweep of the two games.

    The Lady ‘Cats used a fourth quarter rally to pick up a 28-22 victory while the Oliver Springs boys cruised to a 46-32 victory.

    Harriman will be playing in a tournament at Lenoir City on Saturday while Oliver Springs visits Cherokee on Monday.

    Girls Game

  • Shultz puts on show; Oliver Springs rolls

    Oliver Springs senior guard Dan Schultz said he had been waiting ever since last year’s season-ending 59-51 loss to Harriman to get back on the court in a game that mattered.

    That night was Tuesday and Schultz put on a show as the Bobcat leader scored a career-high 38 points in leading Oliver Springs to an 89-64 victory over Sequoyah in TSSAA Hall of Fame action.

  • Houstons' bond remains at $900,000

    Rocky Houston was on his best behavior during Thursday's hearing at the Roane County Courthouse. However, that wasn't enough to convince Judge James "Buddy" Scott to lower his bond. After close to six hours of testimony, court recesses and arguments by lawyers, Scott decided that bond for Rocky Houston and his brother Leon Houston should remain at $900,000 for now.

  • Roane State women split weekend games

    It could have been better, but it could have been worse for Todd Wright’s Roane State Raiderettes as they opened TJCCAA play over the weekend by splitting a pair of road games with Southwest Tennessee and Dyersburg State.

    The road trip started with Roane State dropping an 84-67 decision at Southwest Tennessee Friday night, but things were better Saturday as the Raiderettes knocked off Dyersburg, 87-69.

  • Midway, Harriman meet in key playoff showdown

    And then there were two.

    That’s right. After 10 regular season games and one round of the TSSAA playoffs only two Roane County teams, Midway and Harriman, are left standing and those two teams will meet Friday night with a berth in the Class A quarterfinals on the line.

    Friday’s meeting will be the second meeting of the season between the two schools as Midway won 42-20 at Harriman on Oct. 19.

  • Hampton eliminates Coalfield

    HAMPTON -- Hampton has turned into a graveyard for Coalfield’s football team. For the third straight year the Bulldogs ended Coalfield’s season in the playoffs.

    No. 2-ranked Hampton rolled to a 42-0 victory against a banged-up Coalfield team Friday night in the first round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs.

  • Train strikes vehicle with woman in it

    Roane County E-911 received a call at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday that a train had just hit a car outside of Rockwood, with a female driver inside.

    The Norfolk-Southern train was traveling southbound and struck the vehicle at McNew Road near Manufacturers Road off of Hwy. 27.

    The accident was near the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    According to spokesman Robin Chapman of Norfolk-Southern, the car was parked on the railroad crossing.