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Today's News

  • Harriman splits with Coalfield

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Coalfield Lady Jackets have started the new year off with a bang by going 2-0 over district rivals Rockwood and Harriman.

    The Lady Devils traveled to Coalfield on Friday evening with hopes of starting off the second half of their season with a victory, but a second quarter breakdown caused Harriman to lose their three-point lead and go down by nine at the half and eventually losing, 36-29.

  • Eagles fly away from Midway

    Sometimes a good defense is a good offense.

    That was the case Friday night when the Oakdale Eagles outran and outshot the Midway Green Wave on the way to an 88-51 win at Midway High School.

    Both teams hit the court running.

    “We are absolutely terrible defensively,” Green Wave Coach Hoyle Humphreys said. “We can push the numbers up above 50 when it comes to scoring but we’ll let the other team score 80 or 90.

    “The focus for this next week of practice is learning to play defense, that may be all we do.”

  • Lady Waves chop at Oakdale

    Although the Oakdale Lady Eagles tried to work their size advantage against the Midway Lady Waves, it didn’t pay off as Midway ran away with a 56-41 victory Friday night at Midway High School.

    “We hadn’t played in a week so it was good to get back into it,” Lady Waves Coach Mike Hayes said. “We’re still working out some things, but the girls work hard and they play hard and that’s what we preach.”

    Oakdale’s game plan of working the ball to the low post was apparent from the beginning.

  • Let’s hear it for the cowgirls: rodeo features bullriding gals

    Cowgirls from across the country will be participating in a professional bull-riding rodeo this weekend at the Roane State Community College Exposition Center.

    JRs Supershow Production will be sponsoring the “Pro Women Bull Riding Tour at the East Tennessee Henry/Stafford Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12.

    Women are relatively new to the professional bull riding circuit, but the sport is rapidly growing in popularity across the country, said J.R. Drake, promoter of the show.

  • Haslam grants clemency to Cyntoia Brown

    On Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to Cyntoia Denise Brown by commuting her sentence of life imprisonment.  She will be released to parole supervision on Aug. 7, 2019, after serving 15 years in prison.

    “This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case,” Haslam said. 

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Historical awareness valuable

    By Mark Banker

    Today I will reflect further on possible benefits AND certain perils that accompany historical awareness and perspective.

    Even a casual view of the past calls into question popular notions that the challenges of any moment in time are absolutely-unique or are more daunting than those encountered by earlier generations. Indeed, the most-basic benefit of historical knowledge may simply be confirmation of the old adage that misery loves company.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Woody’s sequel a good read

    “Stories from the Fog “is the sequel to Roane County Executive Ron Woody’s first book ‘Don’t Get Lost in the Fog”

    In his first book, published in 2016, Woody shared tales from his youth and crafted home-spun philosophy based on lessons he learned growing up living and working on the Tennessee River.

    Woody recalls the changes that have occurred during his lifetime, including memories of his family and friends. The importance of friendship and family are a primary theme of his narrative.

  • Tennessee unveils its vacation guide for 2019

    The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development unveiled its official 2019 Tennessee Vacation Guide Tuesday.

    Designed to inspire travel, the magazine-style guide features 194 pages of Tennessee’s music, scenic beauty, creative spirit, culinary excellence and history and is distributed to nearly 500,000 visitors annually.

    The hand-illustrated cover depicts a quilt with the seven genres of music that call Tennessee home: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rockabilly, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Winner takes all in OSMS and Sunbright matchup

    By Jack Sims

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Oliver Springs Middle Takes All in Sunbright Middle Match Up

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats sent the Sunbright Middle School Tigers packing Thursday night. The Tiger girls losing 53-27 and the Tiger boys down 26-14.

    In the first games of the post-holiday schedule, all four teams came out sluggish and this was later noted by the coaches. They all felt that the break had taken everyone off their competitive edge.

  • MMS propelled by 2nd half offense

    The Green Wave from Midway Middle School defeated the Bulldogs from Wartbug Middle School a 37-27 win in the nightcap of a middle school double header at Midway Middle School Thursday evening.