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Today's News

  • New traffic lights a go in Rockwood

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    There’s good news for anyone who has driven through Rockwood and can swear that they’ve hit every traffic light on red.

    The installation of more sophisticated new traffic lights at  Gateway Avenue intersections is under way this week.

    “Our contractor to work on signals is expected to start work Wednesday or Thursday of this week,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Yvette Martinez.

  • TVA cleanup could need 35,000 trucks

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Thousands and thousands of trucks hauling ash out of Roane County.

    That could happen under some of the alternatives being considered to dispose of the ash that spilled during the disaster at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “I know the idea of 35,000 trucks running through the neighborhoods doesn’t make anybody real happy,” EPA remedial project manager Craig Zeller said. “It causes some concern.”

  • Rockwood says goodbye: Councilman loses health battle

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    John Stanley “Stan” Wassom, a first-term Rockwood City Council member whose zeal for history left an indelible imprint on the city’s Christmas Tour of Homes, died Sunday morning in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He was 68.

  • Bobcats win 4-A title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The 2009-10 season hasn't been easy at times for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as early season injuries and illness made it difficult for Tony Ingram's squad to hit their stride.

  • Eighth-grader takes loaded handgun to school

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Sheriff Jack Stockton has confirmed a handgun was found at Harriman Middle School around 9 a.m. Thursday.

    “It was frightening, but I’m very proud of our students for them coming forward so it could be addressed,” said Director of Schools Toni McGriff.

    The 13-year-old male student accused of taking the gun allegedly told police officers he felt he needed a weapon there after he heard others saying they were taking a weapon to school, Stockton said.

  • Fight over pastor breaks out at church

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood police responded to a report of a fight inside First Baptist Church of Lenoir Avenue on Feb. 21.

    James Knaff was the church’s pastor, but he said members recently voted to remove him from the position.

    That’s what sparked the altercation inside the church, according to a report filed by Rockwood police.   

    “A verbal fight began over the removal and at some point members began shoving,” the report states.

  • Cameras catch Houston spitting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky Houston’s propensity for spitting on people was on display for all to see Monday.

    This time his target was Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Angela Randolph.

    As first reported on the Roane County News Web site, a belligerent Houston spat in Randolph’s face at the conclusion of a court hearing.

    “He got mad and spit on Ms. Randolph, right in her face,” said Lucy Guy, who works with Randolph in the clerk’s office.

  • Crowded field might give Farmer edge

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The number 117 is ingrained in Jack Stockton’s mind.

    That’s how many votes David Haggard beat him by in the 2002 race for Roane County sheriff.

    Stockton believes he could have beaten Haggard easily had there not been a third candidate — Jeff Clower — in the race.

    “I just think that the majority of the people in Roane County wanted a new sheriff and that third party split the vote up and he stayed in office again,” Stockton said.

  • Harper leads Lady 'Cats to district title

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Roane Newspapers

    The year might change and new players make take the court, but Oliver Springs has remained the same when it comes District 4-A Tournament time. The No. 4 seed Lady Bobcats won their fifth straight District 4-A crown and ninth straight district tournament dating back to their Class AA days with a 48-43 victory over No. 2 seed Wartburg Monday night.

  • County's financial adviser accused of fraud

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A company that Roane County officials go to for financial advice has been accused of fraud by the  Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The complaint was filed against Morgan Keegan & Co. in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on July 21, 2009.

    According to the SEC, thousands of investors were hoodwinked by Morgan Keegan about the liquidity risks associated with auction rate securities.