Today's News

  • Devils take Panthers into triple OT

    By Melissa Coley


    A full 80-minute regulation game plus two 10-minute overtime periods was not enough time to decide the winner of the Cumberland Gap versus Harriman soccer game.

    It was decided by a shoot-out that involved five players from each team taking turns with a penalty kick that resulted in the Panthers defeating the Blue Devils by a final score of 4-3.

    “Friday night’s game was a hard fought 100-minute competition that resulted in heartbreak,” stated Harriman Coach Marc Cataldi.

  • Tigers washout Green Wave in two

    The Rockwood Tigers swept a double header with the Midway Green Wave, 8-5 and 11-4, Friday evening at Brillo Miller Park.

    The first saw the Tigers weather a push by Midway in the fourth inning where Rockwood coughed up three runs, still won 8-5.

    Midway’s big inning was driven by a walk by Connor Johnson, by Ethan Melton, and an error on a ball put in play by Brendan Burnum.

    The Tigers got on the board in the first inning when Gavin Evans singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.

  • Late surge pushes Lady Jackets

    The Kingston Lady Jackets surged late to take a 5-3 win against the Christian Academy of Knoxville Lady Warriors at the Legion Softball Field at Fort Southwest Point Monday evening.

    “It’s a good win against a good CAK team,” Kingston Coach Wendy Johnson said. “We’re still not 100 percent healthy and Kesney Brown was called on to play third and she’s not played there all season.

    “We can juggle every game and not know who’s playing where until we get here.”

  • Oliver Springs downs Midway

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats defeated the Lady Waves 8-1 in district softball action at Midway High School Monday evening.

  • Devils need one to beat OS

    By Jack Sims


    One explosive inning for the Blue Devils and the Oliver Springs Bobcats fell hard in an 8-2 loss. In what was shaping up to be a defensive game between the up-the-road rivalries, that one inning, the fifth, proved to be too much.

    The Harriman Blue Devils took the lead early when the fourth batter in the lineup singled on a line drive to center field driving in one run. From this point on it was a pitching and defensive game.

    When the fifth inning rolled around, things changed.

  • Goins blasts Lady ’Dawgs

    By Melissa Coley


    Micaela Goins hit two homeruns and added five RBI’s as Harriman defeated Wartburg by a final score of 12-1 on Monday evening.

    Lady Devil pitching ace Autumn Phillips was on her game and quickly caught the first two hitters looking and was followed by center fielder Aleena Goldston making a spectacular catch to end the inning.

    Sydney Aytes started for Wartburg, but Harriman didn’t give her long to get settled.

  • SENIOR NEWS LINE: Food Safety alerts are just the start

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service sends out email alerts to those of us who are signed up for warnings about foods and products that are dangerous or contaminated, perhaps with Listeria or salmonella. Are you signed up for these email notices?

    A recent alert concerned 39 tons of ground turkey products sold in large packages last summer.

    It’s made a number of people sick, and the USDA has to err on the side of caution, trying to catch any products that people might have in their freezer.

  • SRO bill could mean more in Roane schools

    A bill to increase the number of school resource officers might not be as good as it appears, according to Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    The bill passed in the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this month.

    “What I’m afraid of is that bill will be like all state bills that pass,” Aytes said during last week’s Board of Education meeting at Roane County High School.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: McFall may be right fit to work with leaders on high school plan

    The selection of the new schools director has been completed.

    Hopefully, successful contract negotiations will finalize the process shortly.

    The selection process by which Dr. Ladonna McFall was picked was as professional as any of the number of similar selections I have covered in surrounding counties over the last 10 years.

    I was present for most of the interviews.

    After each interview I made my own selections and compared notes with other independent intelligent observers in attendance.

  • OS, Midway to get school upgrades

    The Oliver Springs and Midway parts of the school building program are moving forward.

    The Roane County Commission approved the funding last year. The bonds are scheduled to be bid today – Wednesday, according to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “Wednesday at 10:30, we’ll bid them out,” he said.

    The building program calls for a new sewer plant for the Midway area schools and incorporating Oliver Springs High School in with Oliver Springs Middle School. The projects are estimated to cost around $6.4 million.