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Today's News

  • Help on the landscape for war-torn family

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq almost two years ago, Tonya Herrera heard many horror stories of people taking advantage of widows of soldiers.

    In this respect, Herrera has been lucky. She has some green-thumbed guardian angels watching out for her.

    Herrera, originally of Harriman, moved back to Roane County from California after her husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt, David Herrera, was killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.

  • Midway slumps in pre-holiday action

    BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a tough end to the pre Christmas schedule for both Midway basketball teams Thursday night when they hosted Wartburg in a make up game from an earlier postponement.

    The Lady Waves have not been worked over very badly all season, but they were in this one. Wartburg rolled to a 70-24 win and invoked the new basketball mercy rule for the first time in any game either Midway team has had.

    The Green Waves stayed close for a half, but another second half swoon left them on the short end of a 55-21 loss to the Bulldogs.

  • Oneida tops Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats continued play Wednesday evening in the Mid-South Classic and it was a so-so day for Oliver Springs.

    After dropping their first game on Tuesday to Upperman, the Lady ‘Cats rebounded Wednesday with a 60-57 victory over Meigs County.

    The boys, however, were victorious Tuesday against Jackson County, but they lost on Wednesday against Beech, 77-60.

  • Kingston Council holding special called session

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    Kingston City Council, perhaps following the city of Harriman’s playbook, plans to discuss annexation by referendum of properties on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    The Kingston council will meet in a special-called session Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the public library to discuss a resolution that would bypass the county urban growth committee and put annexation to a vote of the affected residents.

    The properties are west of the Clinch River Bridge between the Clinch River and the Harriman city limits.

  • Mason wants Harriman to be Keep Roane Beautiful's pilot program

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is jumping at the chance to participate in a pilot curbside recycling program.

    With the help of a recent grant, Keep Roane Beautiful wants to start the curbside recycling program by early next year and is looking for a community to start in.

    The program would include pickup of recyclables such as plastic and paper. While aluminum might be included, Keep Roane Beautiful coordinator Wendy Jackson said many people recycle aluminum themselves.

  • Night-skies group forms

    A new group of concerned homeowners, business owners, educators, students, clergy and others who live or work in Roane County have formed a new group, Save Roane Starry Skies.

    The mission of this citizens group is to recover and preserve the beauty of the starry night skies in Roane County.

  • Kingston falls to Sweetwater

    By JON LEFFEW

    Roane Newspapers

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets hosted the Sweetwater Wildcats for two non-district contests Monday evening.

    The teams were looking to pick up victories in their final contests before a Christmas break, but a stifling full-court defense from the Lady Wildcats and a huge run from the Wildcats led to losses for both Kingston squads.

  • Rockwood sweeps Midway

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Rockwood Tigers picked up a pair of District 3-A wins Tuesday night at Midway.

    The Lady Tigers ran their district record to 2-1 with a 50-45 win over Midway while the Tigers cruised to a 60-44 win over Midway to even their district record to 2-2.

    The Midway Lady Waves did pick up win number two of the year Friday at Washburn as they rolled to a 51-29 win to get that second win.

    Midway, however, was hammered in the nightcap game at Washburn, 61-24.

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  • Extra tax-freeze workload could cost taxpayers

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Homeowners 65 years old and older can start applying for

    the senior property tax freeze on Jan. 2.

    Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she doesn’t know how her office will manage the extra work once they do.

    She plans to ask the county to fund additional staff for her office.

    “The workload will increase tremendously with this tax freeze,” she said.

  • Cutting-edge art

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    Shards of richly colored glass cast a warm glow in the home and heart of a Kingston craftsman.

    John Johnson and his wife, Shar, developed a love of stained-glass artwork when they attended a workshop nine years ago.

    Now the Johnsons have set up a workshop in their basement.