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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Habitat for Humanity issues call for help

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    There is more to Roane County Habitat for Humanity than hammers, saws and willing hands to build new lives for people.

    The chapter is in dire need of people willing to take on the responsibilities of board members.

    The board is down to half of what it should be — a situation that is threatening its existence.

    “We’re struggling to keep our board alive,” said board member and secretary Darla Watson. “We need versatile people.”

  • Park View residents sue Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    True to their word, some residents of Park View subdivision have filed a lawsuit in Roane County Chancery Court to fight against Rockwood’s incorporation of their community into the city.

    No court date has been set for Chancellor Frank Williams to hear the suit, which was filed against the city by Ronald and Carolyn Taylor, George H. White, Charles Blanton, J.C. and Sandra Morgan, S.J. and Judy Snipes, Ron Hogue, Mary Whitley, Bill W. Capps, M. Reba Scarbrough, Ronnie E. Johnson and Bobby Lang.

  • After-hour petition pickup stirs courthouse controversy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    An anonymous phone call.

    Inquiries by the county’s top law enforcement officer and prosecutor.

    One official not wanting her name mentioned and another saying it isn’t a big deal.

    This was some of the fallout of Commissioner Ron Berry’s trip to the courthouse to pick up his petition to run for office.

    Berry reportedly contacted the election commission office on Jan. 21 and asked that his qualifying petition be prepared in advance of his arrival.