Today's News

  • New faces, new year for Raiders

    By Bob Fowler

    for The Roane County News

    While only two Roane State Raiders are returning to the college’s men’s basketball team this season – the fewest in Randy Nesbit’s 27-year career – the head coach is upbeat about the upcoming season.

    Nesbit said, “My goal is to go undefeated, and I also hope to win the lottery, though I have never bought a ticket in my life. So both are not likely to happen. We play a daunting schedule. Out of conference, we play many ranked and national tournament team games.”

  • Resilient Tigers to meet Meigs

    Sometimes, stories write themselves.

    The Rockwood Tigers find themselves in a similar situation as compared to last year as they go into tonight’s playoff game with Meigs County.

    Rockwood (7-4) faced the top-ranked Meigs team in week five this year with Meigs emerging with a 46-6 win.

    Much like last year, the game was a turning point for the Tigers as the team used it as a focal point to improve and grow.

    Rockwood’s offense ignited afterwards and joined the already stout defense in more effective outings.

  • OS set for playoff rematch

    It has been leading up to this.

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats will travel to face the Greenback Cherokees in the second round of the Region 2-1A playoffs tonight.

    The game will be round two.

    The Cats and Greenback met earlier in the season in Oliver Springs with the Cherokees coming out in top of the contest, 28-18.

    Although the score tells one story, there is another, more important one if one digs a little deeper.

  • Officials worry about the safety of ballfields near Kingston Fossil Plant

    Hours after the verdict in the ash spill workers trial was announced, Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis and Commissioner David Bell each said they want the fields at the Swan Pond Sports Complex checked for potential health dangers.

    “I think Roane County should be very concerned,” Ellis said.

    Roane County operates the sports complex on land owned by TVA.

  • Employees win ash spill lawsuit against Jacobs

    A federal jury of six women and four men found on Wednesday that the plaintiffs in the ash spill worker trial had proved their case against Jacobs Engineering Group.

    That means a phase 2 trial will occur sometime in the future that will focus on each plaintiff’s alleged injuries, whether they are entitled to punitive damages and by how much.

    The ash spill occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    A dike failure resulted in the release of more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

  • Voters reject proposed wheel tax

    Many predicted the wheel tax referendum would fail mightily in Tuesday’s election.

    They were proven right by the unofficial returns, which showed 14,813 voted against it compared to just 4,019 for.

    “It was a beat down,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

    “That wheel tax had a blowout.”

    Nearly 79 percent of the people who voted in the referendum were against the wheel tax.

  • RSCC extends deadline for festival of trees

    The application deadline for sponsoring a tree in the Festival of Trees at the Roane State Community College’s “Lighting of the Tree” festivities was extended to Monday, Nov. 12.

    The entry fee is $75 (including tree and tree stand.)

    The application form instructions for registration will be on the Lighting of the Tree website at roanestate.edu/treelighting.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Vox Populi —Listen to the voice of the people!

    Gentle readers, Thank you, thank you, thank you! As you may recall, since our column of 19 October concerning the Wheel Tax Referendum, we have requested you more than once to be sure to vote on this question, and further requested that you vote against the wheel tax. Well, you couldn’t have done better, and we thank you for it. Of the total number of you who voted, 19,617, 18,832 voted in the wheel tax referendum. And of those of you who voted in the referendum, 14,813, or 78.66 percent voted against the wheel tax!

  • Going With the Flo: God uses historical events to accomplish His will

    By Flo Charles

    A note of gratitude to Mr. Largen for the inspiring article he had last week, which so encouraged me!

    I took it to UPS to be laminated. The shared memories were touching also, relieving the grief of Clarence’s absence — each holiday has been difficult, especially in the fall — his favorite season.

    Your article reminded me of Jeremiah 6:16: “Stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths — the good way, and walk therein.”