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Today's News

  • Lady 'Cats fall to Clarkrange in state tournament

    The Oliver Springs Lady ‘Cats fell, 55-46, to Clarkrange Wednesday afternoon in the Division I-A state quarterfinals at Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

    The Lady Cats got 24 points from Tennessee Miss Basketball nominee Kayla Christopher. Brooke Barger added 10 points in the losing effort. They finished the season at 25-9. Clarkrange advanced and improved to 31-6 with the win.

    See next Friday’s Roane County News for indepth coverage.

  • Lady 'Cats taking on familiar foe

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.nets

    When the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats open play today in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament they will be taking on a familiar foe in perennial state power Clarkrange.

  • Middle school baseball tourney set for March

    Cherokee Middle School along with Lenoir City Middle School will be hosting a baseball tournament on March 3-5.

    Cherokee will host two games a day at Southwest Point. Games begin each evening at 5:30 p.m.

    The championship game is set for Friday, March 7 at Lenoir City.

    A total of six teams will be participating in the tournament.

    Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

  • Schools closed due to illness

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Sick students and teachers will have some extra time to try and get better before returning to school.

    Roane County officials called off schools today, March 3, because of illness.

    Roane County students and teachers also got an unexpected three-day weekend last month when school was closed on Feb. 22 because of illness.

    Many other school systems throughout East Tennessee have called off classes recently due to illness.

  • Plateau Park: Will the cooperative venture pay off?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A great day for Roane County.

    That’s how County Executive Mike Farmer described the Plateau Partnership Park before a ground-breaking ceremony last fall.

    It was also an expensive day for the Roane County taxpayers.

    Plateau Partnership Park is a joint industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties. Each county reportedly agreed to issue bonds of $2.5 million for the project.

  • McGriff semifinalist for Knox schools post

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff was one of 12 semifinalists for the superintendent position of Knox County Schools.

    The Knox County Board of Education met on Monday at the Andrew Johnson Building in downtown Knoxville to discuss the candidates.

    McGriff wasn’t one of the five candidates the board chose to bring in for interviews, but that doesn’t mean she’s out of the running for the position.

  • Oliver Springs rolls past Cloudland in sectionals

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    It wasn't the Cloudland Lady Highlanders' fault that the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats didn't play well in Wednesday's Region 2-A championship loss to Wartburg, but the Lady Highlanders paid the ultimate price for that defeat Saturday evening as a determined group of Lady 'Cats invaded Cloudland's Sonny Smith Gymnasium and handed the Lady 'Landers a 51-35 setback in the sectional round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs.

  • Third quarter surge lifts Grace over Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Harriman Blue Devils played well in the first, second and fourth quarters Tuesday night in their Region 2-A semifinal contest with Grace Christian Academy, but the third period was a different story as the Rams won the third stanza by a 24-12 margin and that was the key to the Rams picking up a 72-54 victory.

  • Determined Wartburg girls knock off Oliver Springs

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats got beat at their own game Wednesday night in the Region 2-A championship game.

  • Trial continued for OS couple

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The trial of an Oliver Springs couple accused of stealing thousands in funds from an area church has been continued for the second time.

    Gary E. Thomas and his wife Wanda J. Thomas, 770 Mahoney Road, were indicted in June 2006 on charges of theft from New Fairview Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.

    Gary E. Thomas was charged in one count of theft of property $60,000 or more, while his wife Wanda faces one count of theft of property, $10,000 to $60,000.