Today's News

  • Cherokee splits with Philadelphia



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    The two games between Cherokee and Philadelphia in middle school basketball action contained scores reminiscent of a teeter-totter.  

  • Midway, Rockwood split games


    There wasn't a lot of drama at Rockwood Middle School Thursday evening as the Tigers and visiting Midway split a pair of games.

    The first game was close for a while, but Midway pulled away late for a 34-13 victory. In the boys game, Rockwood started fast and cruised to a 44-28 victory.

  • Harriman slams Concord


    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils bedeviled the Concord Christian School Lady Lions by a very decisive 81-19 margin Thursday evening. 

    The game was over quick as Harriman opened the game with a 33-4 run before the Lady Lions scored a 3-pointer to end the first period, making the score 33-7. 

  • Roane State’s Freels signs with TTU


     One look at Roane State's Sarah Freels and you would think the 5'5" shortstop is a speedster that doesn't have a lot of pop in her bat.

  • The many hats of ‘Brillo’ Miller

    Rockwood Mayor-elect Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t foresee city business overlapping with the goings-on of the county school system.

    Miller, who works for Rockwood Electric Utility, is in the midst of another four-year term on the Roane County Board of Education. He will take over as city mayor on Dec. 1.

    “It’s not a city school system,” Miller said. “It’s a county school system, so it will have no bearing on it whatsoever.”

  • Judge race contest not over

    Kingston lawyer Tom McFarland isn’t done contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    He’s appealing Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood’s decision to throw out his lawsuit that sought to have Mike Pemberton’s win in the 9th Judicial District circuit court judge race voided.

    McFarland filed the notice of appeal on Nov. 5.

    Pemberton and McFarland were the only candidates in the judge’s race. Pemberton received 343 more votes than McFarland in the four-county district.

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  • Interstate Spa looked at for prostitution

    Law enforcement investigating prostitution and possible human trafficking descended at the Interstate Spa off of South Gateway Avenue Wednesday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwood Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office officials and Homeland Security Investigations were among those that swooped down at the establishment.

    Because of the ongoing investigation, police didn’t have much to say early on.

  • Gas leak results in detour in Harriman

    Parents picking up their children at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman were routed around a gas leak on Ruritan Road Tuesday afternoon.

    A portion of Ruritan Road was closed off for several hours because of the leak.

    Officials said contractors tearing down an old barber shop/apartments apparently didn’t tap off the gas lines, and demolition caused a gas leak.

    “I was there until 6:40 p.m.” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Rywell’s Tenn. apple stack cake re-re-revisited

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but instead tradition.

    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.”

    As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.