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  • Harriman Wins State Championship

    March 18 is a good day for the Harriman Blue Devils.

    It was on that day in 1995 that the Blue Devils won their first TSSAA State Championship with a victory over Sweetwater. Twenty-two years later, and again on March 18, the Blue Devils won their second state title following a  74-73 victory over Clay County in a gripping TSSAA Class A State Championship matchup Saturday night.

  • A Wonderland of young talent to take the stage

    A maddeningly fun cast of characters are sure to entertain the young and young-at-heart in an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” featuring Roane County youth.

    Celebrity Youth Theatre is putting on the show with more than a dozen area youth getting into the whimsical play featuring the adventures of a young Alice after she falls into a rabbit hole while pursuing the iconic White Rabbit, the flustered and fancifully clad bunny running frantically late.

  • County Commission delays meeting for Government Day

    The Roane County Commission will meet in regular session today – Monday – at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    The Commission usually meets on the second Monday of the month, but this month’s meeting was moved back a week to give members the opportunity to attend County Government Day in Nashville.

    The two-day event, which was held on March 13-14, gives county officials from around the state a chance to meet with legislators.

  • I-40 Motocross now part of Roane history

    Duracap Asphalt Paving Co. purchased I-40 Motocross in December.
    Duracap is planning to build an asphalt plant at the location where the racetrack operated on Buttermilk Road.

    “That’s been through the planning commission,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.  

    The Roane County Planning Commission approved the company’s site plan for the asphalt plant in January.

    Duracap is at 2535 Asbury Road, Knoxville.

    A phone message left with the company on Friday wasn’t returned.

  • City Clerk Neal retires; Marshall picking up reins

    After almost 30 years of service by Eleanor Neal, the city of Kingston has a new clerk.

    Marsha Marshall was officially sworn in March 1, but had been in training for her new role over the last few months.

    Her duties include attending and taking the minutes for city council meetings.

    She has some impressive shoes to fill. Neal, who has worked for the city of Kingston since 1979, was city clerk from 1987 to Dec. 16, 2016.

    Neal still works at City Hall, and is the mother of Kingston Mayor Tim Neal.

  • Harriman nabs 7 for drugs

    Harriman police found several needles along with suspected methamphetamine during a March 9 traffic stop. Three people – 18-year-old Taylor Vestal, 24-year-old Shila Hackler and 26-year-old Joshua Sexton – were arrested.  

    According to the warrant, Harriman K-9 Officer Brian Turner was on the lookout for a stolen Land Rover. He stopped the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Knox County, on South Roane Street.

  • Substance believed to be Ecstacy discovered at inn

    Law-enforcement officers  found what is believed to be Ecstacy at the Comfort Inn at 1867 S. Roane St. on March 16.

    Harriman Police K-9 Officer Brian Turner and Sgt. John Jones and Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an anonymous report there were drugs, children and firearms in a hotel room.

    A Harriman Police Department release said Turner reported hearing a male’s voice talking about going to Knoxville to pick up more drugs.

  • Harriman earns berth in Class A state title game

    The Harriman Blue Devils used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Columbia Academy Bulldogs, 72-68, to earn a berth in the TSSAA Class A championship game against Clay County, winners of Grace Christian in the other semifinal, at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday.

    Trailing 61-54 with five minutes remaining, the Blue Devils turned up the intensity on defense and responded with a 10-0 run that featured 10 combined points from seniors Joe Pace and John Johnson.

  • Harriman stuns three-time champs

    The Harriman Blue Devils are two wins away from their first state championship since 1995, as they defeated 3-time Class A champion Mitchell 59-54 in the last quarterfinal game of the state tournament Thursday night at Murphy Center on the MTSU campus.

  • Vandalism ‘rampage’ reported in Rockwood

    Four juveniles have been identified after “going on a rampage” in Rockwood Saturday night.

    Rockwood police said the vandals used spray paint to cause more than $3,000 worth of damage to city-owned and private property.

    Two of the juveniles are from Rockwood, and two live in Knoxville, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett on Wednesday.

    One of the Knoxville juveniles previously lived in Rockwood, too, he added.