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Today's News

  • Constable race might be moot

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ten people have picked up petitions to run for constable positions in the August election, according to the Roane County Election Commission Web site.

    Their campaigns could be a waste of time if the county commission follows through with a referendum on constables.

  • Kingston edgy over budget stresses

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Behind every discussion at the Kingston City Council workshop this week loomed a budget that has not lived up to expectations.

    The repercussions of that budget put an edge in many city officials’ voices Tuesday night.

    Falling revenues were the main complaint, but city financial director Carolyn Brewer noted another reason for belt-tightening.

  • New jail not coming close to capacity

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County has a long way to go before it reaches capacity at the new jail.

    The facility was designed to hold 172 prisoners. Sheriff Jack Stockton said 105 people were incarcerated on Feb. 2. The average population is also running well below 172.

    “Normally we’re running between 110 and 118, something like that, pretty steady,” Stockton said.

    Commissioner James Harmon scoffed when told about the numbers

  • Deal reached in 'extreme eyesore' case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    South of the River constable Butch Barding was skeptical that a three-and-a-half-year-old junkyard case would go forward on Thursday.

    He may be right.

    Attorneys said they had tentatively worked out a deal Tuesday afternoon.  

    Roane County had accused James and Patricia Woods and Dean and Nola Howard of violating county zoning laws by operating a junkyard at 123 Rose Circle.

    The case was on the Chancery Court docket for Thursday.

  • Proposed charter changes stymie Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A full-time city manager and term limits for elected officials are the major changes Harriman officials have proposed for the city charter.

    Opinions vary, however, on following through with the changes. A city manager, for example, would change Harriman’s form of government.

    “People on the street prefer a full-time mayor,” said council member J.D. Sampson.

  • Season ends for HMS

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    After finishing in the Area 4 Small Division Tournament, the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils played their pening round of the TMSAA East Tennessee Small Division Sectional Tournament opener against Area 2 No. 3 seed Sunbright. Harriman came close, but were upset by visiting Lady Tigers, 31-26, to see their season come to an end.o

  • Lady 'Cats rally for Area 4 championship

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    glindsay@roanecounty.com

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats saved their best for last as Jeanne Armstrong's squad erased an eight-point deficit in the final 5:02 of Tuesday's Area 4 Championship game and picked up an 18-16 victory over Harriman.

    Up until those final 5:02 Oliver Springs' offense had no rhythm against Baron Tapp's Lady Devils as Harriman held a 14-6 lead after Darian Boyd and Karli Futrell opened the final quarter with back-to-back baskets.

  • RMS wins Area 4

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    After watching the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats rally from eight points down in the final period to capture the Area 4 Girls Championship, Brent Kelley's boys team nearly repeated the feat as the Bobcats erased an eight point deficit in the final period only to fall to rival Rockwood, 25-23.

    Rockwood was in control for much of the contest. Tiger guard Hunter Grant buried a pair of three-pointers in the first period in leading Rockwood to a 10-2 lead after six minutes of play.

  • Lady 'Cats rally for Area 4 championship

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    glindsay@roanecounty.com

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats saved their best for last as Jeanne Armstrong's squad erased an eight-point deficit in the final 5:02 of Tuesday's Area 4 Championship game and picked up an 18-16 victory over Harriman.

    Up until those final 5:02 Oliver Springs' offense had no rhythm against Baron Tapp's Lady Devils as Harriman held a 14-6 lead after Darian Boyd and Karli Futrell opened the final quarter with back-to-back baskets.

  • Kingston sweeps Oliver Springs

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a county rivalry at its best Thursday night as the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets used solid defense to sweep Oliver Springs in a pair of non district games at Kingston.

    In the girls game, it was the Lady Jackets leading throughout in picking up a 44-41 victory.

    The boys game was a bit different as Oliver Springs grabbed an early lead only to see Kingston rally in the second half for a 50-44 victory.