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Today's News

  • Senior center sought

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Ann Griffin Varga is retired, and she’s looking for something to do.

    The problem: No central place exists in Roane County where she and others her age can share a pursuit of common interests and hobbies.

    Advocates for the area’s aging, however, hope to see that soon change with construction of a senior center in a central area.

    “We’re ready for it,” Varga said. “Us seniors don’t have any place to do anything in the winter.”

  • Rocky Houston released from jail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Last week Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he expected Rocky Houston to be released from jail any day now.

    That day came Wednesday.

    "I got an order from the court today about 12:35, and he was out of here shortly after 1," Stockton said.

  • Tigers win district title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Rockwood Tigers are once again the kings of District 3-A baseball.

    The Tigers claimed that status Wednesday night with a 9-4 victory over Harriman in the District 3-A Tournament championship game. Wednesday's victory was the second over the Blue Devils in a span of 24 hours as Rockwood also defeated the Blue Devils 4-3 on Tuesday to advance to the title game.

  • Reappraisal notices hit mail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County property owners should receive their new appraisal notices in the next few days. Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said they will be mailed out today, May 14. In this final installment of a question-and-answer session, Kirkham discusses several topics, including her reluctance to disclose the location of the reappraisal office.

    Why do the county and cities depend so much on your office to set their budgets?

  • Smith signs with Roane State

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    When it comes to baseball, Oliver Springs senior Cruise Smith is the total package. Smith hits for power and average, steals bases, plays great defense and has a strong arm. Now Smith will take that skill set to Roane State as the shortstop/pitcher signed scholarship papers last week to play for Raiders.

    “I’m really happy,” Smith said after the signing. “I love playing baseball and I’m happy to be playing for coach Lane and Roane State.”

  • New EPA rules could affect TVA cleanup

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to regulate coal ash could impact the non-time critical phase of TVA’s disaster cleanup.     

    “How it affects what we want to do with phase 2 and closure of the cell, we’re still sifting through that,” said Craig Zeller, the EPA engineer in charge of the non-time critical cleanup.

  • Rocky Houston release looms

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky Houston now has something new in common with his brother.

    Both no longer have to face murder charges for the deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along passenger Mike Brown.

    Leon Houston was acquitted in November on all charges in the deaths of the two men.

  • Todd signs with Bryan College

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Shelley Todd didn't start playing golf until the seventh grade, but the late start didn't slow her down as last week the Rockwood senior signed scholarship papers to play for the first-ever golf team at Bryan College in Dayton.

  • RSCC reaches around the world

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Most people are familiar with student exchange programs for high school students.

    There are, however, such programs for college students, and Roane State Community College has eight exchange students.

    “It can be a lot of fun if you go into it with an open mind,” said Melissa Rahmanian.

    Rhamanian is program coordinator for Youth for Understanding. She also coordinates another program, Congress-Bundestag.

  • HMS wins title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils saved their best for last Friday night as Wayne Best’s squad rolled to an 11-4 victory over Lenoir City in the TMSAA district championship game.

    “I thought our boys came out and played like baseball players tonight,” Blue Devil head coach Wayne Best said. “They came out focused from the start and played some good baseball. They represented the Harriman community and school well.”