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Today's News

  • Shooting really case of self-defense?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Man reportedly shoots intruder armed with a hatchet.

    A clear case of self-defense right?

    Maybe not — in one Roane County case.

    More than a year has past since authorities said Donald Goldberg told them he shot Steven Dishman in self-defense.

    The agency conducting the investigation has yet to close the Casey Road case.

  • Strong pitching leads Bobcats past Tigers

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Oliver Springs pitchers Cruise Smith and Cary Gann were on top of their game Monday evening as the Bobcat right-handers each hurled a one-hitter past Sunbright in a doubleheader played at Arrowhead Park.

    Smith took the mound first and fired a four-inning one-hitter with seven strikeouts past the Tigers. Smith's performance was part of a dominating 11-0 victory for the Bobcats.

  • Service dog may ease trials of autistic boy

    By CINDY SIMPSON    

  • Rarity Ridge owes more than $500,000 in back taxes

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Mike Ross earned a reputation as a major player in the upscale real-estate market, thanks to his line of Rarity developments.

    Much was expected when Ross decided to bring one, Rarity Ridge, to Roane County.

    But instead of fulfilling his tax obligations to the county, Ross’ companies have been corporate deadbeats. Oak Ridge Land Co. LLC, whose registered agent is Ross, has not paid its 2008 property taxes on 433 pieces of property.

  • Land values rising -- blame the media

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said people should blame the media if they are disappointed when new tax appraisal notices start arriving in the mail.    

    “The news media has made it so negative that we’re all in this economic decline and everything is going south and no property values are increasing,” Kirkham said.

  • Lady 'Cats bomb Jellico

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    One week after splitting a pair of District 4-A games with preseason district favorite Coalfield, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats continued their strong early season district play by knocking off Jellico on Monday and Tuesday.

    On Monday, the Lady 'Cats made the trip to the Kentucky border and handed the Lady Blue Devils a 9-3 setback. On Tuesday, the Lady Devils made the long drive to Arrowhead Park, but the trip wasn't a good one as Oliver Springs picked up an 11-1 victory in five innings.

    Monday's Game

  • Election not stirring registration race

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    An upcoming election to decide who will serve on the county commission and who will sit in the county executive’s office for the next four years isn’t exactly been a boon for voter registration.

    “I haven’t seen any increase,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “That could change as we get closer to Election Day.” 

    Election Day is Aug. 5. Some of the other offices up for grabs include circuit court clerk and sheriff.

  • No action on dress-code policy -- yet

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    School officials are apparently considering changes to Roane County Board of Education’s dress-code policy.  

    “Principals, administrators are looking at this particular policy,” Board Member Wade McCullough said. “The code of conduct committee is looking at it to see if there’s any upgrades needed in this policy that is in place today.”

  • Authorities: Traffic stop of suspected illegal immigrants part of human-smuggling operation

    From staff reports

    Authorities are saying the Wednesday morning traffic stop of a van carrying a group of suspected illegal immigrants was part of a human-smuggling operation that originated in Houston.

    The van was stopped near the 362 exit of Interstate 40 in East Roane County. According to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the suspects were headed to New York.

  • Schools struggle to put together viable budget

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Putting together a budget for the 2010-11 school year could be challenging for school officials.

    As it stands, the general purpose school fund is out of balance by $1.3 million, school system business manager Eric Harbin said.

    “This is based on the best data that we have currently,” he said.

    Roane County’s share of the federal government’s Race to the Top money recently awarded to Tennessee is around $1.6 million.