Today's News

  • Roane to keep TVA funding

    Roane County is planning to keep $29,138 in grant funds it accepted from TVA.

    This despite filing a lawsuit against TVA and one of its contractors last week over issues related to the 2008 ash spill.

    “No,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Friday, when asked if the county would be returning the grant money to TVA.

  • Oh the DRAMA

    Willie May McDermott never learned to swim. Maybe that’s why she often told her daughter “Don’t wade out in the lake too far — if you get water in your ears you’ll drown.”

    McDermitt’s daughter, Pat Ward of Kingston, submitted the winning entry in the Roane County News Mother’s Day contest for favorite phrase your mother used to tell you.

    Ward said her mother, who was afraid of the water, often used the phrase about not going in too deep in the water.

  • Best wants to do more than set city policy

    By Richard Evans

    Mayor Wayne Best asked the Harriman City Council to consider adding an item to their next workshop concerning the role of elected city officials.

    “I’d like for us to look at discussing exactly what our job is. I get told it’s setting policy. If that’s my job, I don’t need this job,” he said.

    “If I can’t be part of my city and if I can’t get out and work — if I can’t talk to employees and department heads, I don’t need to be here.”

  • Judge Scott, who presided over Houston brothers’ trial, dies at 83

    Retired judge James “Buddy” Scott died last Thursday.

    He was 83.

    He was remembered fondly Friday by his son-in-law, Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton.

    “As a judge, he expected the attorneys to meet high ethical standards,” Pemberton said.

    “Whether you won or lost your case, the attorneys and parties knew they had been treated fairly.”

  • It’s squirrel season, you may fire when ready

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    Tennessee’s 2019 spring hunting season for gray, fox and red squirrels opens Saturday, May 11 and will continue through Sunday, June 9.

    The daily bag limit is 10, the same for the fall/winter squirrel season, which is held from late August to the end of February.

    Squirrel hunting is a great way to start hunting. There are public areas open for hunting at Hiwassee Refuge, McGlothin-Largen WMA, and Chuck Swan State Forest for anyone to come and try it.

  • New skipper to lead Lady Raiders

    from Roane State

    for The Roane County News

    Jason Taylor, the all-time winningest coach in Anderson University men’s basketball history and a Roane State Community College alumnus, has been named Roane State’s new head women’s basketball coach.

    “I am so grateful for this opportunity and feel very blessed to be back at Roane State,” Taylor said. “Roane State means a lot to me and the mentorship and friendship of Coach Randy Nesbit has been instrumental in my life.”

  • District softball tourney round-up

    The Midway Lady Waves kept things close with the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs, but lost in the end, 7-5, Wednesday evening in the District 3 Softball double elimination tournament in Coalfield.

    Errors in field didn’t help the Midway case as the Lady Waves racked up three on the day with one miscue leading to Wartburg’s first score of the game in the first inning.

    Midway was able to get the bats moving in the top of third scoring two runs.

    These came courtesy of a home run blast from shortstop Caitlyn Ross.

  • It takes four OTs to end Devil season

    The Harriman Blue Devil soccer season came to an end earlier in the week with a 5-3 loss to Cumberland Gap. The game went through four overtimes and came down to a kick off to decide the outcome. Wyatt Coley, Jerlijah Martin and Miguel Ibarra accounted for the Harriman goals in the game.

  • HMS Devils finish in second place

    By Melissa Coley


    The Harriman Blue Devils went into the district tournament in third place and came out with a second-place finish by knocking off the regular season champion Oneida Indians but fell short to district runner up Oakdale in a two-game showdown this past Monday evening.

    The Devils opened the tournament last Saturday by defeating Oliver Springs and later that day were able to defeat Oakdale to stay in the winner’s bracket.