Today's News

  • Blue Devils swept by Grace Christian



    Roane Newspapers

    School may have been out Thursday, but that didn't stop the Harriman Blue Devils from lacing up their sneakers and taking on the Rams of Grace Christian. 

  • Cherokee advances to Area 4-AAA title game


    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets earned a berth in last Friday’s Area 4-AAA Championship Game Thursday evening by knocking off North Middle, 41-30.

    Thursday’s victory also secured Mike Snow’s squad a spot in the TMSAA East Tennessee AAA Sectional Tournament that is being played this week in Sevierville.

  • Deadline approaching for TWRA spring quota hunt applications


    The Feb. 5 deadline is nearing for applications for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 2014 Spring Turkey Quota Hunts. The application period began Dec. 18, 2013. 

  • TMSAA Sectional tournaments start Saturday


    As few as three and as many as five middle school teams from Roane County are hoping to burn up the roads in Sevier County starting Saturday with the opening round of the TMSAA East Tennessee Sectionals.

    Three teams from Roane County have already secured berths in the AA tourney at Pigeon Forge. 

  • Snowstorm sneaks up on community

    We were ready for the cold.

    It was the snow that slipped up on us — and on forecasters in East Tennessee.

    “It really developed in the 24 hours leading up to when we started getting snowfall,” said Derek Eisentrout, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown on Wednesday.

    He explained that a front was moving into the Southern Appalachians and a “portion hung up in the mountains and did not move.”

    Initially forecasters believed the front would move through and not cause precipitation.

  • School funding formula gets look

    Local officials were happy to hear that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has formed a task force to study the state’s Basic Education Program.

    “I think it’s a good idea,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “It certainly has some flaws.”

    The Basic Education Program, or BEP, is the state’s funding formula for public schools.

    “You got the urban systems who are upset,” Aytes said. “You got the rural systems who are upset.”

  • Schools found out about snow the morning of

    Tuesday’s snowy weather caught Roane County school officials off guard.

    “We checked the forecast the night before and they were calling for nothing,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “I actually checked it at 6:30 or 7 that morning, and they were still calling for nothing.”

    Things changed just after 8 a.m.

    “The National Weather Service contacted us about 8:15 and told us this mess was coming in,” Aytes said.

    Aytes said that alert from the weather service was a big help.

  • “Love Letters’ free at Princess

    Roane State Community College’s Karen Brunner and Bruce Borin will star in “Love Letters,” a unique two-person play Feb 6-7 at the historic Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman. Admission is free.

    The show begins at 7 p.m.

    Written by A.R. Gurney, “Love Letters” traces the lifelong correspondence of the dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner.

  • Officials awaiting report on darter in Cumberland

    In compliance with federal environmental laws and regulations, the U.S. Corps of Engineers Nashville District is actively consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the discovery of new populations of an existing endangered species in Lake Cumberland, Ky.

    Until this consultation is completed, the Corps will target a maximum pool elevation of 705 feet, the same as the 2013 recreation season’s elevation.

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