Today's News

  • Harriman vets honored with diplomas

    Two Harriman High School would-be graduates didn’t make it to their caps and gowns when they were young men.

    Instead, over 40 years later Melvin Page and Chester Edwards both got their diplomas at the Roane County School Board meeting last Thursday thanks to legislation that permits diplomas to be issued to veterans whose education was interrupted by their service in World War I, World War II, the Korean War or Vietnam War. 

  • Schools have no backup plan if tax hike fails

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry was surprised to hear that school officials don’t have a contingency plan in place in case their request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate doesn’t get approved.  

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said they didn’t think a backup option was needed. 

    “We felt pretty confident that’s what we could get,” he said. 

    The 9-cent increase will generate $1.017 million. School officials are counting on the money to fund their 2014-15 budget. 

  • Harriman budget has no tax increase

    The 2015 budget passed easily with no tax increase at the special-called Harriman City Council meeting Thursday.

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson didn’t make a motion to raise taxes, but he thought it would be a good idea. He said costs will continue to rise, and raising taxes now in addition to debt payoffs in the next year or two will mean more money in the city’s coffers for paving and other needs. 

    “I aint going to make the motion to raise taxes, but I think as the mayor has said the time is coming,” Sampson said.

  • Judge assigned in McFarland lawsuit

    Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade has appointed Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood to hear Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit. 

    McFarland lost to Mike Pemberton in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge. He’s now suing Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court. 

  • Meadows managed bank not a problem for trustee

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office can continue to do business with United Community Bank after Darryl Meadows becomes a county commissioner on Sept. 1. That’s the opinion of Greg Leffew, who will become the county attorney on that same day. 

    The trustee’s office banks with United Community Bank, where Meadows serves as the branch manager. 

  • Roane County Commissioners retire
  • Green Wave hammers Eagles in rout, 48-7


    The Midway Green Wave were impressive in their opening game Friday night, pounding Tri-Cities Christian (TCC), 48-7. 

    The Green Wave dominated on both offense and defense, finishing with 365 total yards to 100 for TCC. By halftime Midway had allowed only nine total yards to the Eagles.

  • Harriman smokes Hancock in first game, 41-14


    The Harriman Blue Devils opened the 2014 season in style Friday night as Travis Tapp’s squad rolled past visiting Hancock County at Wallace Black Field, 41-14.

    The first half was especially impressive for the Devils as they rolled up 290 yards of offense and six TDs in taking a 41-6 lead into the locker room at intermission.

  • Bobcats knock off Rangers in opener, 27-12


    The Bobcat Youth Movement was in full effect Friday night as the Bobcats took a 27-12 win over the Unaka Rangers Friday at D.J. Brittan Field. 

  • Rockwood rally stuns Oneida, 14-13

     In what will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in Rockwood football history, John Webb’s Tigers erased a 13-0 deficit in the final 3:37 to knock off Oneida 14-13 in a thriller at Oneida’s Dr. M.E. Thompson Field.