Today's News

  • KOC vs. Wartburg: future gridiron stars meet

    It isn’t just the big kids who get to play football, the Kingston Optimist Club Youth League took on Wartburg’s Youth League Saturday afternoon at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field, giving those in attendence a glimpse at the possible future for gridiron greatness in the coming years. The final scores for the day saw Kingston’s Crickets outlast Wartburg, 26-22, Kingston’s Hoppers held on for an 8-0 victory and Kingston’s Cutters won, 26-18, giving the future Yellow Jackets a sweep for the day.

  • Cherokee beats OSMS, 12-1

    The Cherokee Middle Lady Jackets hosted the Oliver Springs Bobcats Monday evening at Fort Southwest Point for middle school softball. Cherokee won, 12-1.

  • Whatta weekend in football!

    What a weekend for football fans, huh?

    There were ups and downs aplenty showing fandom of the sport is definitely not for the faint of heart.

    Starting Friday night in Roane County, there was plenty of action packed games.

    Oliver Springs outlasted Rockwood for the win, Harriman put up a fight against Coalfield, Midway outran Oakdale and Kingston almost beat Austin-East for the first time in 14 years.

    Moving over to Saturday, there were plenty of college games for the gridiron aficionado.

  • Vols 0-2, first time since ‘88

    by Ben Briley


    Tennessee lost again.

    It’s a phrase we’re all too accustomed to hearing these days.

    A phrase that the school has thrown millions of dollars at so people will stop saying it.

    Unfortunately, it’s the reality we live in. Death, taxes, and UT losing a game they should have won.

    The BYU Cougars came to Knoxville on Saturday and escaped with a 29-26 victory in double overtime.

    Tennessee had the game won with 1:09 left on the clock.

  • DAR promotes Constitution Week with Ring the Bell

    Celebrate the foundation of America with Southwest Point Daughters of the American Revolution on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. as members “Ring the Bell” at Fort Southwest Point to commemorate the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence.

    The public is welcome to join in the celebration!

    The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. 

  • Young’s Chapel reaches anniversary milestone

    By Richard Evans

    Young’s Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church is marking a major milestone with a celebration of their 150th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 21.

    The anniversary celebration will last from 4-7 p.m. and will feature music, food and fellowship. All former members and guests are invited to join them in their worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

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  • 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.