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Today's News

  • Copper thieves strike 911 site

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Businesses and homeowners aren’t the only ones being affected by copper thieves.

    Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks reports that a 911 installation on top of Mount Roosevelt was damaged by copper thieves.

    The 911 phone service was never lost, but Hooks said the fact that copper thefts can impact the system concerns him.

  • Midway falls 42-14 at Hampton

    By Goose Lindsay

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Wave's drive to the state semifinals took a detour Friday night in Northeast Tennessee. Coach Craig Moser's squad fell to second-ranked Hampton, 42-14.

  • New heart big gift for Hensley

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A Kingston family hopes they can come home around Christmas after getting the best gift they could hope for — a heart for their daughter.

  • Cherokee sweeps Rockwood

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    It’s not even December, but the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Rockwood Tigers completed their season series Monday evening with a pair of games at Rockwood.

    The girls contest would see Cherokee roll to a 54-13 victory and the Jackets would also won the boys contest, 44-21.

    Girls Game

  • Role of constables questioned

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Roane County Commission selected Kingston police officer Caleb Strayer to fill the constable vacancy in the 6th District.

    The decision was made at Monday night’s commission meeting.

    The discussion turned out to be more about the validity of constables and how to get rid of them than filling the vacancy.

    Five commissioners passed when it was their turn to vote.

    One of the most outspoken was commissioner David Olsen.

  • Breazeale era begins in Rockwood

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Amy Breazeale era tipped off again for the Rockwood Lady Tigers Monday night at Sweetwater and although the Lady Tigers were on the wrong end of a 64-58 decision, the Lady Tigers were able to take some good things out of Monday’s loss against a Class AA opponent.

  • Boy friend, not bike wreck killed Oliver Springs teen

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Thomas Ray Johnson, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in 2005, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter this week in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Johnson was originally indicted on second-degree murder in the death of Pamela Nicole Williams of Oliver Springs.

    Johnson, 25, was scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday.

    As part of his plea deal, prosecutors recommended a five-year sentence on the voluntary manslaughter charge.

  • Alexander visits Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee made a special visit to the Fairmont Head Start program in Harriman Monday.

    Alexander played a role earlier this month in the reauthorization legislation for the Head Start program nationwide as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

    Alexander praised the Fairmont facility.

    Alexander said one of the reasons he came to Fairmont was to “call attention to one of the outstanding programs in the state.”

  • Dallas Era ends at Wartburg

    When Wartburg hits the court at Byrdstown this Saturday night to open up their 2007-08 high school basketball season, a familiar face won't be seen on the Lady Bulldog bench.

    Dallas Davis, an East Tennessee coaching legend has finished up his coaching career, which spanned over four decades.

    He started his high school career nearly 30 years ago when he took over for Wanda Lane back in 1979. He either coached the girls team, the boys team or both teams during the next 28 years.

  • Dunn Center matches jobs to skills

    The most visible part of what Michael Dunn Center does for its service recipients shows in the workplace.

    The nonprofit Michael Dunn Center works with disabled children and adults.

    One of its missions is to give adult clients the opportunity to work, and it is often successful through its Dunn Diversified Industries arm.

    “It all starts from their desire or their family’s desire to have them productive in a work setting,” Michael Dunn president Mike McElhinney said.