Today's News

  • Going With the Flo: Trump is the miracle answer to our prayers

    By Flo Charles

    Benjamin Franklin said, “It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

    President Obama returned to sow seeds of discord, discontent and distrust toward President Trump’s leadership. How ludicrous! America is better off than ever!

    Lacking the space, I cannot list President Trump’s accomplishments — in just two years – compared to President Obama’s disastrous policies in eight years.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Creswell & Chamber know not where Roane is

    “L’état, c’est moi!” [The state, it is me!] Thus spake King Louis XIV of France on 22 December, 1655. But it appears increasingly likely that Louis’ utterance reflects our own Donald John Trump’s innermost conviction.

    Witness for instance his recent “Tweet” concerning the anonymous critical essay published in the New York Times. As we understand it, he characterized the writing in the single word — “TREASON.”

  • Mom in child starvation case pleads guilty

    A mother accused of starving her son to death pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court Thursday morning.

    Amanda Ann Dotson was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder based upon child abuse, first-degree murder by child neglect, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child abuse by neglect.

    Dotson’s attorney reached a deal with prosecutors, and she pleaded guilty to facilitation of first-degree murder by child neglect and aggravated child abuse.

  • Cutters reach half century mark

    The Harriman Cutters youth league football team achieved their 50 consecutive win this past Saturday. The win was a 30-0 shutout against Spring City. Highlights for the game: quarterback Lyfe Goins threw two touchdown passes. running back Grayson Kreis caught two touchdowns while J.J. Goins and Casen Jenkins had a touchdown run apiece.

  • Early stages of alumni football

    Representatives of the Midway (top) and Rockwood (above) alumni met last week at the Kingston Community Center to get the ball rolling for a future alumni football game between Rockwood and Midway. As of now, a date for the game has not been set but it is only a matter of time. The meeting and the game was officiated and sponsored by Alumni Football USA.

  • Volunteers dismantle ETSU

    By Ben Briley

    The future of Tennessee football was on display Saturday as Tennessee dismantled ETSU 59-3.

    Even though it’s an FCS opponent, this win feels like it’s bigger than it is.

    It’s Tennessee first win in 10 months (24-10 against Southern Miss). It was also Jeremy Pruitt’s first game and first win at Neyland. Most importantly, it’s a notch on the left side of the record.

  • Oliver Springs can’t keep up in loss

    The Knoxville Ambassadors travelled to Oliver Springs to take on the Lady Bobcats in a soccer matchup Monday.

    Despite the score being knotted at zero at the break, the Knoxville Ambassadors exploded offensively in the second half on the way to the 5-1 win over the home standing Lady Bobcats.

    “We were pretty evenly matched in the first half,” said Oliver Springs head coach Josh Pryor. “Our defense did pretty good, and we had our fair share of chances.”

    “We try our best to stress the importance of capitalizing early.”

  • Lady ’Cats edge Coalfield late

    By Melissa Coley


    Middle school softball action on Thursday evening paired the Coalfield Lady Jackets against Oliver Springs in a game that saw a late inning comeback victory by the Lady Bobcats that ended on time by a score of 3-2.

    Taylor Hendrickson started on the mound for OS and quickly recorded three up three down but Coalfield’s H. Wilson shadowed that performance as the Lady Bobcats went down in order as the games was scoreless after one.

  • Lady Devils withstand ’Dawgs’ rally

    By Melissa Coley


    In a battle of unbeaten teams, Harriman Middle softball was the only one to keep a perfect record after beating Wartburg, 7-5 Friday evening.

    The Lady Devils struck first.

    Anna Garland walked and was followed by Kendal Mason’s hit. Addison Oliver drew a walk to load the bases.

    Madelyn Ladd was hit by a pitch to make the score 1-0.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Creswell worked hard for all of us

    It is with regret at his leaving and congratulations for a job well done that Roane County will say goodbye to Wade Creswell, president of the Roane Alliance.

    Wade has decided to exercise his considerable talents in the service of another local organization, for whom I’m certain he will be a great asset.

    Wade not only brought a great deal of marketing talent to the Alliance, he also brought a level of sincerity and passion to his promotion of Roane County that could only be found among those who really love this place.