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Today's News

  • Lawyer, Houston had own clashes

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    As an aspiring attorney in the 1970s, Randy Rogers said he was involved with an appellate case known as Kersey v. State.

    Kersey was one of several pieces of case law cited in the Court of Criminal Appeals’ opinion in the Rocky Houston case.       

  • Harriman rolls to title

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The third time was the charm Wednesday night for the Harriman Blue Devils.

    After dropping a pair of close games to the Tellico Plains in the regular season, the Blue Devils got their revenge with a 57-43 victory over the Bears in the District 3-A title game at Rockwood.

  • Season ends for Lady 'Cats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    A fabulous postseason run came to a disappointing end Monday night for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats as Michelle Christopher's squad dropped a heartbreaking 52-50 decision at the hands of Coalfield in the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals played at Wartburg.

  • Gallaher leads Devils past Rams, 58-50

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    There will be no third straight trip to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament for the Grace Christian Academy Rams. Harriman made sure of that Wednesday night as the Blue Devils knocked off the Rams 58-50 in the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals.

    Wednesday's victory marks the second time this postseason that the Blue Devils have knocked off the Rams. Harriman had defeated the Rams 61-45 nine days earlier in the District 3-A Tournament played at Harriman.

  • Controversial former constable has wife arrested

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • 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.