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Today's News

  • Cherokee picks up triple-OT win

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets improved to 3-0 in the district and 3-1 overall with a thrilling 28-22 three-overtime win at Rockwood.

    Cherokee had grabbed a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter, but Rockwood began its comeback with a last-second touchdown just before halftime.

    The Tigers tied the game at 14 with an early third-quarter TD, then the two teams then had to battle through three overtimes before Cherokee got the winning score on a 10-yard run from James Daley.

  • Lady Cats run past Greenback

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcat soccer team ran their season record to 2-1 recently with a 4-1 victory over Greenback at D.J. Brittan Field.

  • Patton lawsuit prompts formal action on resignations

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The ramifications from the Mark Patton case were evident at Monday night’s county commission meeting.

    When it came time to accept the resignation of Harriman Mayor Chris Mason from the Roane County Industrial Development Board, the commission didn’t simply acquiesce like it has in the past.

    Commissioner James Harmon made a formal motion to accept the resignation, and the commission voted unanimously by voice vote.

    Patton was elected as a constable in August 2006.

  • Harriman eyes land

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A piece of property adjacent to Harriman Riverfront Park may soon become city property.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson was given the go-ahead to talk to the property owner of what is referred to as the Skidmore property.

    It is a roughly 5.2-acre lot that Sampson feels is an ideal parcel to include with the park.

    Sampson said the property is appraised at $23,900.

  • Halftime adjustments boost Midway past Oakdale

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It really wasn’t the kind of a game in the first half that Midway head coach Craig Moser wanted to see, but after some halftime adjustments, Moser’s Green Waves sped past Oakdale 41-21 to pick up region win number one.

    Moser was happy to get out of Oakdale with the win especially after the two teams were tied at halftime 14-14.

  • Raby field goal lifts Rockwood past Sweetwater

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Call it a barnburner, a donnybrook, a slobber knocker, or whatever you will. The bottom line is that fans at Rockwood's Civitan Field Friday night witnessed one of the best games in Rockwood football history in quite some time.

  • Neighbors describe Highland parking woes

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Residents of Highland Street appeared at the Kingston City Council work session last Tuesday night to discuss parking issues on their street, which just recently became a problem.

  • Expense issue still on table

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Thursday’s meeting of the Roane County Ethics Committee turned out to be a question-and-answer session.

    Members of the committee asked the questions, and Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham, the subject of complaints, did the answering.

    The committee, which consists entirely of elected officials, found her explanations on Tennessee Greenbelt law and property appraisal sufficient enough to find two of the complaints noncredible.

  • Sally port in works for courthouse

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    County officials see a better way to transport prisoners to and from the Roane County Courthouse.

    That’s why plans are in the works to construct a sally port on the side of the building.

    “It’s going to be done this fiscal year, and hopefully this calendar year,” County Executive Mike Farmer said.

    A sally port is a garage-like structure that will allow officers to take prisoners into the courthouse without exposure to the public.

  • Governor touts long-term care initiative during Kingston stop

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Gov. Phil Bredesen was in Kingston on Wednesday to discuss new changes in long-term care, which will be the addition of more choices in home-and community-based services.

    The changes come in the form of a new law called the Long Term Community Choice Act of 2008 signed by Bredesen in June.

    “It gives families a lot more options,” Bredesen said.

    The act restructures the long-term care system and the way funds are spent, offering more than simply nursing home care.