Today's News

  • Devils can’t finish comeback

    In a rematch of last year’s District 3 championship, the Oakdale Eagles hung on to take a 65-62 win against district rival Harriman Friday night in Harriman.

    Oakdale led 48-39 at the end of the third quarter, but the Blue Devils weren’t going to go away.

    Harriman senior guard Jaylen McCollum got a steal on an inbounds pass to start the final period and was fouled.

    McCollum couldn’t convert the free throws, but it led to the Devils pulling down a rebound and kicking the ball out to Jerelijah Martin.

  • Rockwood approves regulations for cell phone towers

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood City Council recently approved first reading of an ordinance to regulate cell phone towers within the city.

    The new ordinance governs such facilities as cell towers, extension of towers, buildings or other structures, proposed antennas, electrical equipment and base stations.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said several companies have contacted Rockwood requesting permission to put up cell phone towers in the city.

  • Elderly man cited in case of lewd act

    An elderly man reportedly admitted to an act of public lewdness.

    Rockwood police responded to the Cash Express near Walmart on Nov. 26 to investigate the allegations.

    They spoke with Beverly Harbin, who told them she was on the side of the building taking a smoke when a man pulled up in a Kia Soul.

    “He motioned her to come to his window,” the report said.

    “When she did, he had his hand in his pants. He stated, ‘You know what this is,’ and ‘You need to …’ before driving off.”

  • New grant will aid Roane County victims of domestic violence

    The YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley has received a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women that will help Roane and other nearby counties.

    The three-year $465,243 grant will expand scattered-site transitional housing services, which are currently offered in Oak Ridge and Anderson County, to five additional counties, which are Blount, Knox, Loudon, Roane and Sevier.

  • Babahatchie Community Band to hold Christmas concert

    The Babahatchie Community Band will hold its annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The concert begins at 7 p.m.

    Musical selections will include a variety of songs, including “Jingle Bells March,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Silver Bells” and “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”

    Admission is free.

    Donations are accepted.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Hoping for progress in Roane

    By Mark Banker

    Now that children have sent their “wish lists” to Santa, many of the rest of us are contemplating New Year’s resolutions.

    Still others will dismiss both of these uniquely seasonal obsessions as naïve.

    Since my perennial resolution is to venture as close to cynicism as I can yet not succumb to its cancerous snare, I will err on the side of optimism as we close out 2018.

    Whatever one makes of my rose-colored views, they are firmly rooted in good and fruitful soil.

  • Lady Devils look for consistency

    A team can start slow but improve during the course of the year and make an impression after the regular season.

    Long-time coach Dallas Davis is hoping that will be the case with his Harriman Lady Devils.

    Harriman started the young season strong with an overtime win against Sweetwater.

    Since then, the Lady Devils have struggled to find their confidence.

    “We need to be more consistent,” Davis said. “Right now, we’re not very consistent in what we’re doing.

  • Coming together for Devils

    It is now two seasons removed from when the Harriman Blue Devils won the class 1A State Basketball Championship.

    Although the Devils made an impressive run in last years postseason, they didn’t get to make out of the region tournament, falling to Coalfield.

    This year’s team has a slightly different make-up, but the key players are still there.

    “We have a lot of talent, but also a lot of inexperience this year,” Harriman Coach Shay Shannon said. “We just have to put it all together.”

  • Crusaders show Falcons who’s the boss

    By Lance Treadway

    for The Roane County News

    The Calvary Baptist Crusader began the defense of their league title with their league operner against the Fairview Academy Falcons.

    The Crusaders won, 67-25.

    As a rivalry game, things are always tight and both teams play their best basketball.

    The opening tip saw the Falcons get on the board early.

    Hayden Rusinek, answered for the Crusaders with an early bucket in the paint.

    Calvary never looked back after those points.

  • Kingston sweeps Bobcats

    By Jack Sims


    The Kingston Yellow Jackets traveled to Oliver Springs with a large train of loyal fans in tow and came home with wins across the board Thursday night.

    The boys junior varsity along with the Lady Jackets and the Yellow Jackets all took the court in a fan packed house.

    First on the court for the evening competition were the junior varsity men. Here the Yellow Jackets prevailed in a strong performance culminating in a 65-44 victory against the Oliver Springs JV men.