Today's News

  • Stockton chair of state board over corrections

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was elected chairman of the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control on Sept. 4.

    “I did not vote for myself,” Stockton said.

    Stockton has been in law enforcement since the 1980s.

    He was elected to his fourth term as sheriff of Roane County in August of 2018. Then Gov. Bill Haslam later appointed him to the TCI Board of Control.

    Stockton’s rise from board member to chairman comes at a time when Roane County is facing some expensive jail issues.

  • Obed holds harvest moon hike at Overlook Trail

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a night hike on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:45 p.m.

    Ranger Rick Ryan will lead an easy out-and-back hike of 0.6 miles total on the Overlook Trail to enjoy the rise of the nearly-full Harvest Moon rising over the Clear Creek Gorge, viewed from the Lilly Bluff Overlook.

    The Overlook Trail leads through a peaceful hemlock forest where you can enjoy the sounds and smells of evening darkness before emerging out onto the boardwalk overlook at Lilly Bluff.

  • Town hall meeting takes aim at underage drinking

    Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting using Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has launched the 2019 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking.

  • Changes come to the Roane County News

    Change, like death and taxes, is inevitable.

    The newspaper business has, for the past few years, been fully engaged in the process of change. Therefore, it should not be a surprise to learn that change is coming to the Roane County News.

    Beginning in October the Roane County News will be combining the Monday and Wednesday issues. Monday, Sept. 30, will be the last Monday edition of the newspaper.

    This is a good thing, both for the newspaper and for our subscribers.

  • County plans to reopen Swan Pond Complex

    Roane County is planning to reopen the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    “We do intend to,” County Executive Ron Woody said Friday.

    A state investigation into the surface soil at the Swan Pond recreation areas concluded the soil is normal and poses no health risk to children who play there.

    “We recommend using the Swan Pond recreation areas for their intended purposes,” Joe George, with the Tennessee Department of Health, told the Roane County Commission’s Environmental Review Board on Thursday.

  • Lady Jackets lose close one to Anderson County
  • Spartans blank Cherokee Middle

    In what was best described as an extremely physical game, the Webb Middle School Spartans defeated the Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets 24-0 Thursday evening at Kingston’s Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

    Webb started the game on their own 31-yard line and proceeded to march 69 yards in 13 plays, capping things off with a four-yard touchdown run by R.E. Klasky. The two point play was no good to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Spartans with 2:02 left in the opening quarter.

  • A ‘ Blue Devil’ of a time for Midway

    By Melissa Coley


    The Blue Devils traveled south of the river to take on the Green Waves Thursday evening and took an early lead then held on to win by a final score of 14-0.

    “We were a little out of sync tonight and have a lot of players on the sidelines injured but we played hard, got the lead and our defense didn’t break,” said Harriman coach Baron Tapp.

    Midway won the toss and deferred as Harriman received the short kick to put the ball on the Waves’ 49-yard line.

  • Rockwood beats OSMS in test of wills

    In what amounted to an old fashioned game of ball control and field positioning, the Rockwood Middle Tigers beat the Oliver Springs Middle Bobcats, 14-0, Thursday evening at Civitan Field in Rockwood.

    The opening drive by Oliver Springs set the tone for the game.

    Taking the possession on the Tiger 46-yard line, the Bobcats gave the ball to running backs Cole Jackson and Dakota Adkins.

    The duo was able to move OS, but following a pair of five-yard penalties the Bobcats found themselves going in the wrong direction.

  • Midway speed burns Oakdale

    By Jack Sims


    The Oakdale Eagles flew down to Midway and got washed away by the Green Wave Friday night.

    At the game’s final buzzer, the Green Wave put a district win in the books with a score of 33-8.

    Speed proved to be a dominant factor in the game for Midway.

    The Green Wave showed this on the opening kickoff return when they returned the ball a little over 70 yards for the first touchdown of the night with just twelve seconds off the clock.

    The other factor in the game was penalties.