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Today's News

  • Kingston participates in four-way scrimmage

    Vic King’s Kingston Yellow Jackets participated in their first fall scrimmage Friday as Kingston took on Webb, Morristown East and Wartburg in a four-way scrimmage at Webb School of Knoxville.

    Scoring was hard to keep track of as the scrimmage was played on two fields, one measuring 70 yards and one measuring 90. The scrimmages were also divided into a first-team portion lasting 13 plays for each first team’s offense and seven plays for the second team units.

  • Election notes: Heat still on for some

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Officials who were not re-elected on Thursday could still have some important business to tend to.

    The county has yet to pass a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The budget could come up for a vote before the current county executive and commission terms expire on Aug. 31.

  • Devils tie Monterey in scrimmage

    The Harriman Blue Devils took part in their first scrimmage of the fall Friday night as Travis Tapp's squad traveled to Monterey and battled to a 14-14 tie with the Wildcats.

    Like most teams who hit the field for their first scrimmage, Harriman's night featured some good plays, but coach Tapp feels his Devils have a lot to work on before taking on Kingston in their Aug. 27 season opener.

  • Woody wins county executive race; Beets beaten on county commission

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    and TERRI LIKENS

    Stay the course or a new direction. That was the choice presented in the race for Roane County executive.

    The voters chose change and elected Ron Woody to be the next county executive.

    "It's exciting," Woody said. "It was a lot of hard work. I'd like to thank all my supporters. This was possible because of them"

  • Emergency chief defends spending

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Take-home vehicles. Expensive sunglasses. Too many employees.

    Those are some of the issues that have been brought up about Roane County’s emergency management department over the past year.

    In a lengthy interview, director Howie Rose addresses numerous issues and seeks to provide insight on why his department has a need for certain items, such as flat-screen televisions and flashy rims for emergency vehicles.    

  • Couple dies after sex charges filed

    From staff reports

    A couple facing criminal charges in Roane County was found dead at a home in the Westel community of Cumberland County last week.

    Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess said a relative discovered the bodies of James Phillip Jones, 46, and his wife, Linda Mae Jones, 35. Cumberland authorities have yet to make a ruling on whether the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide or double suicide. Burgess said officials are still awaiting autopsy results.

  • Computer ratings like Rockwood

    The 2009 season was a good one for the Rockwood Tigers and if Sonny Moore’s 2010 Computer Power Ratings are correct, the 2010 season could be even better for John Webb’s squad.

    Moore’s ratings predict Rockwood will go 9-1 in the regular season and the Tigers are also picked to win the District 3-A title according to the computer.

    The computer basis its preseason predictions on past success and then gives each team in the state a power rating.

  • EMA budget, taste in shades scrutinized

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County’s proposed emergency management budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year is $592,355.

    In contrast, Loudon County, which has two interstates crisscrossing it, has an emergency management budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that’s less than half that.

    “The data is going to tell you if you need to look further into something,” county executive candidate Ron Woody said. “What the data tells me is we need to look closer at our emergency management.”

  • Local berry growers balance work, rewards

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    On one of the hottest weekends in July, husband-and-wife team Joe Matlock and Rita Senko put out the all-call to their friends: the blueberry crop is ripe and ready.

    The two, who work desk jobs on the Oak Ridge Reservation during the week, live on a bit of acreage near the Roane-Cumberland county line on Hwy. 70. Much of their land is wooded, but they share one 4-acre plot of cleared land with 230 blueberry bushes.

  • Debt burden weighs on voters

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County has a population of 53,508, according to a recent U.S. Census estimate.

    If every resident contributed $1,000, that still wouldn’t be enough to pay off the county’s $56 million debt.

    By comparison, nearby Loudon County’s debt is $27.3 million for about 47,000 residents.

    The candidates running for Roane County executive have all spoken  during the campaign about lowering the debt.