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Today's News

  • Bumper marijuana plant crop eradicated in Roane County

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Instead of winding up on the streets, somebody’s yield of marijuana ended up in the hands of authorities on Tuesday.

    “I would say that we made it a bad day for a pot grower in Tennessee,” TBI Special Agent in Charge T.J. Jordan said.

    Jordan oversees the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication. The task force discovered approximately 2,100 marijuana plants in a secluded area South of the River.

  • Kingston A All Stars headed to state tourney

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Dixie Youth District 8A tournament in Rockwood finished up Tuesday, with Sweetwater and Kingston qualifying for the state tournament next week in Jackson.

    Sweetwater knocked off Harriman 21-6 Tuesday to finish first in the tourney with a 4-0 record.

    Kingston would take second place following a 20-5 win over Rockwood in the tournament’s final game.

    Kingston had a 3-1 tourney record, losing only to Sweetwater Monday night.

    Harriman vs Sweetwater

  • Kingston, Harriman advance in Dixie Youth action

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    glindsay@roanecounty.com

    A 24-hour delay for bad weather was the only thing that slowed the Harriman and Kingston AA All-Stars earlier this week as Kingston finished first and Harriman second in the Dixie Youth AA sub district tournament played in Caryville.

    Kingston won the tournament, finishing a perfect 4-0 in round robin play.

  • Harriman wants more from county

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson isn’t afraid to ask for more.

    He wants to ask the county to fund three police officer and three firefighter positions, and proposed as much at a recent Harriman City Council workshop.

    “We don’t get nearly enough for our county taxes,” Sampson said.

    “That sounds like metro government, J.D.,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Sampson disagreed.

  • County debates pay raise

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Members of the county budget committee have expressed support for a boost in pay for employees.

    “I wish that we could give our employees a salary increase,” County Executive Mike Farmer said.

    Budget director Alva Moore said a 1-percent raise would cost about $103,000.

    Employees were in line to get a 1-percent raise last year, but it was taken out of the budget at the last minute.

  • No jail time for Rocky

    Despite convictions for evading arrest and reckless endangerment, Rocky Houston walked out of the Roane County Courthouse a free man on Friday. 

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  • Manson killer stays in jail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    According to his lawyer, Manson Family killer Bruce Davis was planning to live with his wife and daughter once he got out of prison.

    Davis will have to come up with an alternate plan now, because he’s staying behind bars.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed a California parole board’s decision that would have allowed the convicted killer and Charles Manson follower to get out of prison after 38 years.

  • Naked chase ends in arrest

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Putting on clothes was the last thing on Tony Scruggs’ mind when he heard his wife summon him in a frightened tone.

    “I was butt naked, about to go take a shower, when I heard my wife real startled on the intercom,” he said. “She said, ‘Tony, get downstairs.’ I ran down those steps at about 100 miles per hour.”

    His wife caught an intruder hiding behind a bar in their home on Arrowhead Trail on June 23.

    Scruggs said he yelled at the man to get out of their house.

  • Kingston tops Harriman in Dixie Youth action

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Kingston and Harriman play each other every year in a lot of sports, but the Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets will be hard-pressed to find a game that had a better ending than Saturday’s Dixie Youth A sub district tournament game in Spring City.

    Down 13-2 at one point, the five and six-year-old all-stars from Kingston rallied for a 21-20 victory in extra innings to remain unbeaten after three games of tournament play.