Today's News

  • Jacket duo set for next step
  • Lady ’Cats can’t cool Lady Tiger bats

    By Taylor Crombie

    for the Roane County News

    The Sunbright Lady Tigers turned the tables on the visiting Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats Wednesday night in the two teams’ final game of the regular season.

    Oliver Springs rallied in the fifth inning last week at home to defeat the Lady Tigers 6-3, but couldn’t handle Sunbright’s hot bats on the road and lost 9-3.

  • Middle School playoffs underway

    By Melissa Coley


    Oakdale defeats

    Oliver Springs

    Oakdale defeated Oliver Springs by a final score of 3-2 in four innings on Thursday evening.

    Austin Swafford was on the mound for the Eagles and gave up a hit to Skyler York but he was left stranded on base as the defense backed him up and got three outs.

    Jacob Hileman was on the mound for the Cats and quickly got three up three down with two strikeouts to put his team back on offense.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 2, give the lady a map of the county
  • Going With the Flo: Attacks on conservatives sabotaging our freedom

    By Flo Charles

    “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” — Thomas Jefferson

    We must face the fact that the leftists in America do not want a free America; they just want to control America.

    This anti-American sabotage has been spreading like gangrene, blocking our president’s nominees by publicizing degrading stories to destroy their credibility and attacking conservatives with an all-out force.

  • Life Choices

    A new pregnancy center called Life Choices of Roane County aimed at helping young mothers in crisis pregnancies to choose life for their unborn children is taking shape.

    A group of women who became known as the Life Ladies held the first informational meeting to garner support last month.

    “We met about a year ago and started praying about what to do. At that point we started volunteering at the Dayton Care Center,” said Michelle Watkins.

  • Former federal inmate lands back behind bars

    A woman who was recently released from federal prison got into some trouble in Rockwood.

    Tawny Michelle Inman, 28, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following an April 29 traffic stop on Tedder Street.

    According to the report, she was a passenger in a vehicle driven by James Harrison Ledford.

    Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton said he stopped the vehicle because he suspected Ledford didn’t have a valid driver’s license and he recalled seeing Ledford’s name on an active warrants list.

  • Feeding the community
  • Kingston achieves best fire rating in county’s history

    The city of Kingston has achieved the best fire protection insurance rating in the history of Roane County.

    City officials announced this week that Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating has been reduced to a 2, effective Aug. 1.

    ISO is an insurer-supported organization that provides advisory insurance underwriting and rating information to insurers.

    The rating system is 1-10, with a score of 1 being the best.

    The rating comes after an extensive audit of equipment and training, said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

  • No tax increase unless ...

    The process of putting a county budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year is half finished, according to officials.

    “All funds are in good shape,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody is chairman of the Budget Committee, which has been working on the budget for several weeks now.