Today's News

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  • Under-the-sea professors pass on stories to kids

    Fourth- and fifth-graders at Ridge View Elementary School were mesmerized by the undersea views projected on the walls of their auditorium on Wednesday.

    They were just as absorbed with the stories shared by Roane State professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, who — at 73 days — broke the world record for time spent living under the sea.

    “I’ve always wanted to see the coral reef and schools of fish in person,” said fourth-grader Belle Webb.

  • Drug kingpin released from jail

    Pill ring leader John Wesley Goss has been released pending sentencing. His attorney made the request last month because Goss has Stage 4 cancer and has an expected three months to live.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan granted the request on Tuesday, which allowed Goss to leave the Knox County Jail and return to his parents home at 511 W. Rockwood St. in Rockwood.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not oppose the release.

  • Experiment could save addicts

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips once thought steel bars and barbed wire was the solution to crime. That’s not the case now.

    “Fifteen years ago, I thought I could lock everybody up and save the world, and that’s not the answer,” Phillips told the Roane County Commission’s Sheriff’s Liaison Committee this week. “Now, if you got to lock somebody up that’s fine, but if we can help them, we need to help them.”

  • Lady Bobcats state tournament game on ice

    Weather has once again put post-season basketball on hold.

    After snow and ice hit Murfreesboro and the surrounding areas over night, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has canceled all of the game's scheduled for today's state basketball tournament, including Oliver Springs' matchup with Decatur County Riverside which was originally set for 9:30 am. this morning.

  • School cancelled Thursday

    School is cancelled in Roane County on Thursday. Director of School Gary Aytes announced the decision a few minutes ago. 

  • Sub-state turnout 'means a lot' to Oliver Springs administration

    While the sub-state game between Oliver Springs and Hampton was the focal point at Oliver Springs High School on Monday night, school administrators took notice of how the community piled in to see the Lady Bobcats play.

  • Lady Bobcats defeat Hampton in overtime to earn state tournament trip

    During the 2009-2010 basketball season, the Oliver Springs boy’s basketball took the nearly 150 mile drive to take on Hampton in a sub-state game to decide which team would travel to Middle Tennessee State University to compete for a championship.

    Fast forward five years later and the girl’s from Hampton would travel that same path on Monday to take on the Lady Bobcats, with both teams looking for a state berth of their own.

  • School decision by 5:30 a.m. Thursday if bad weather hits

    The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a winter storm watch for March 5 in Roane County.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said early Wednesday afternoon that no decision had been made thus far about canceling school for Thursday, but he and other officials are monitoring the weather situation.

    "We will definitely make a decision by 5:30 in the morning," Aytes said. "We've already determined we're not waiting any later than 5:30 the morning of, but hopefully we'll be able to make a decision tonight."

  • Oak Ridge DOE manager dead at age 58

    U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Manager Larry Kelly died on Feb. 26. He was 58.

    “Words cannot describe the sadness we feel with the passing of Larry,” said Kevin Hall, the office’s deputy manager.

    “The loss of our leader is heavy on our hearts, but it is the loss of a friend that leaves an emptiness that will be difficult to endure. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Rubenia, and daughter, Kristyn.”