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Today's News

  • Cyclist killed in crash

    Dr. Verne Ephram Gilbert was an avid bicyclist. Sunday afternoon Gilbert died doing what he loved.

    Gilbert was out riding his bicycle when he was involved in an accident with a small sport-utility vehicle.

    Gilbert, who lived in Oak Ridge, died as a result of his injuries. He was 85.

    “He was in great shape and was pursuing his love of cycling, when he was struck by a car,” Gilbert’s obituary said.

  • Harriman seeks 3A championship

    "We played well defensively. Our offense struggled at times. We kept our composure and knocked down some free throws at the end," said Harriman Coach Shay Shannon, after his Blue Devils defeated Meigs County 76-72 in the District 3A semi-finals Monday night at Tellico Plains.
    Harriman faces Grace Christian Academy (GCA)  for the championship Wednesday at 8 p.m. seeking to avenge two regular season losses to the Rams. GCA defeated Tellico Plains 89-61 in the other semi-final. Meigs County and Tellico Plains square off in the consolation game at 6:30 p.m.

  • Roane State sweeps Chattanooga State

    The Roane State basketball teams swept a pair of games with Chattanooga State Saturday, as the Raiderettes notched a 74-64 victory in overtime and the Raiders defeated CSTCC  83-79.
    Roane State 74, Chattanooga State 64:  Lacy Cantrell recorded a double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds) with two assists and one steal to lead the Raiderettes, while Amberlee Zeller added 12 points and two rebounds, and RaChelle Parks also had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) with one assist and two steals.

  • BELIEVE in MIRACLES

    Baby Kayden Christopher crawls determinedly toward his grandmother and namesake Kay Christopher, a triumphant smile transforming his face as he reaches her.

    The squirming boy is feeling much better now that he has been off chemotherapy for weeks.

    When his family took him for his regular visit to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital earlier this month, they were joyfully stunned by the news the cancer cells in his brain tumor are gone.

    “Nobody expected for the cancer to be gone,” said Matt Christopher, Kayden’s father.

  • Wear red and get in free to Roane State’s basketball games against Walters State

    Fans who wear red to Roane State’s Saturday basketball games against rival Walters State will be admitted free.
    The Roane State women play at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.
    “A lot is on the line this Saturday,” Roane State men’s coach and athletic director Randy Nesbit said. “The women’s team is playing for a possible third-place finish in our tough, 10-team conference, and the men are vying for a second-place finish.

  • County supports gas tax

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax plan got a unanimous endorsement from the Roane County Commission last week.

    A resolution expressing support for the plan passed the Commission 15-0.

    “It looks like it’s going to be a very good thing for our state,” Commissioner David Bell said.

    Last month Haslam introduced the IMPROVE Act – Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.

    It proposes to increase the state tax on gas 7 cents per gallon and on diesel 12 cents per gallon.

  • Tigers’ season ends at Grace Christian

    The Rockwood Tigers made it interesting for the better part of three quarters in Friday’s District 3A Tournament opener at Grace Christian Academy, but in the end the regular season champion Rams won in impressive fashion, 69-31.
    Rockwood never held a lead on Friday, but made the Rams work for their victory.
    Grace Christian scored the first five points of the game and led 11-4 later in the period, but Rockwood freshman Nate Brackett provided a spark off the bench. He would drain a late 3-pointer that closed the gap to 13-9 after eight minutes of play.

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  • Rockwood makes marijuana arrests

    Rockwood police reported finding marijuana, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia earlier this month. Interim Police Chief Bill Stinnett said two 18-year-olds and two juveniles are facing charges in the incident.

    According to the warrant, officer Brandon Smith observed a gray Saturn traveling at a high rate of speed.

    “I lost visual of the car,” the warrant said. “I found the car moments later at 736 Clymersville Road.”

  • Blue Devils cage Lions in district opener

    By Michael Lindsay
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Some games, everything just goes right. That was the case Friday night as the Harriman Blue Devils dominated the Concord Christian Lions in the opening round of the District 3A Tournament.
    “It was a great team effort,” said Harriman coach Shay Shannon. “Everybody was rebounding and running the floor.”