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Today's News

  • Remembering Harriman's bravest

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman firefighters are dedicated to making improvements to a memorial in Harriman Riverfront Park that pays tribute to three city firefighters.

    Last week they were working on landscaping around the pedestal which held a plaque memorializing the late Gene Schubert, James "Bones" Lawson and James A. Brown.

    "The fire department didn't get in there and do like we should," Harriman Fire Chief Wayne Best said about his department's sprucing-up efforts. "We're trying to make up for it."

  • Tigers wallop Cherokees in double header

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The state's first baseball rankings of the year were released Tuesday, and the news was good for the Rockwood Tigers as Joey Cofer's squad are sitting atop the Class A standings.

    The Tigers celebrated their No. 1 ranking on Wednesday by ripping Greenback in a double header, 14-3 and 13-3.

    Offense was the name of the game for the Tigers as Rockwood pounded out 29 hits in 10 trips to the plate. Eleven of those hits went for extra bases as the Tigers banged out six doubles, one triple and four home runs on the evening.

  • Lady 'Cats roll past Lady Mavs, 8-1

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The past two seasons have seen the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats accomplish a lot on the softball diamond. The Lady 'Cats have won two district titles and have advanced to the TSSAA's Class A sectionals.

    However, despite all their success, the Lady 'Cats could not beat Anderson County. In fact, in Matt Headden's 11 years of coaching the Lady 'Cats have never beaten the Lady Mavericks.

    That all changed Wednesday evening, however, as Oliver Springs cruised to an easy 8-1 victory over the Lady Mavericks.

  • Former Rhea firefighter charged with setting Rockwood house fires

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A former Rhea County firefighter has been charged with setting two fires on Monday night in homes on South Wilder Avenue in Rockwood.

    Michael Stricklan was arrested by state arson and bomb investigators on Wednesday night.

    According to Wendel Frost, special agent in charge of the Knoxville area bomb unit, warrants were issued for Stricklan and he was arrested for arson and aggravated arson.

  • Six up for Kingston school board seats

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The ballot could look rather skimpy for Roane County's general election in August.

    The filing deadline has come and gone for candidates, and some current officeholders will likely run unopposed in their re-election campaigns.

    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby is the only candidate who filed for that position.

    Current school board members Darrell "Drack" Langley (District 2), Franklin Mee (District 2) and Mike "Brillo" Miller (District 1) are all up for re-election.

  • Midway slips at end of spring break

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Waves ended their spring break week with a 14-5 loss at Meigs County.

    The Green Waves remain in non-district play this week with games against Sequoyah Tuesday and Thursday then a visit to Sunbright Friday.

    The double header against Oneida scheduled for Saturday has been changed. Midway will visit Oneida instead of hosting them this weekend.

  • Operator fined $50,000

    BY CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An oil-well operator whose well blew its pressure cap then exploded into flame the next day has been fined $50,000 by the state.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation cited Dan Potts for activities at his Cove Lane well that forced many residents to vacate their homes in the community near Oliver Springs.

    TDEC spokeswoman Meg Lockhart said Potts was cited on March 20 for a list of things, including drilling deeper than his permit allowed.

  • State provides funds to move development of Plateau Park forward

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    At first glance $15,000 doesn't sound like much when you're talking about a multi-million dollar development park but last week's grant announcement is a crucial step for Plateau Partnership Park.

    "This is very critical and hopefully we will be able to parlay it into a million dollar project or more," said Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill.

  • Chancellor to hear motions on Thursday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams has signed an order allowing the heirs of Pleas McCartt to become third party plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Morgan County. A hearing will be held in the matter at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, in Kingston. At that time Chancellor Williams is expected to hear motions on why the rock pile should be removed.

  • Patton attorney seeks officials' phone records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood wants to know what Roane County Commissioners have been talking about.