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Today's News

  • Lady Tigers can’t stop Devils’ onslaught

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The sun was bright, the air was warm but the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils bats were as hot as a cat on a tin roof on a summer day Saturday morning at Flour Mill Flats ballfield.

    Harriman jumped out to an 11-1 lead after two innings before Rockwood settled down and held the Devils scoreless for the remainder of the first game. Rockwood’s Sam Tilley was able to cross the plate in the top of the third giving her team their second run of the game.

  • Harriman and Cherokee square off in twin-bill

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Friday evening the Cherokee Yellow Jackets traveled to Harriman for some middle school softball action. Maddie Ladd put on a show with 14 strikeouts and her team gave her five runs to work with which was enough to give the Lady Devils the win and the shutout by a score of 5-0.

    It was three up three down in the first for the visiting Lady Jackets as the first two hitters were Ladd’s first victims of the “K” attack.

  • Tigers/Devils: one for the ages

    The Rockwood Tigers will travel down to Harriman to renew the longest continuous football rivalry in the state Thursday evening at Wallace Black Stadium.

    The Rockwood and Harriman rivalry started way back in 1921 and the two schools have played one another every year since 1924. This year’s game will mark the 98th meeting of the teams.

    “It’s a huge game,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said, “it’s the longest consecutive rivalry in the state of Tennessee.

    “It’s just a huge game for both teams.”

  • Happenings on the hill

    The second edition of this column has a lot different feel to it than I would have imagined last week.
    I was pretty sure that the Vol’s would get their offense rolling and we could pull out the victory in the swamp, as we all know that didn’t happen.
    Let’s rewind to last year at the Georgia game. That’s a play all of the Vol fans will remember forever. It’s still the topic of a lot of football conversations.

  • Lady Tigers can’t stop Devils’ onslaught

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The sun was bright, the air was warm but the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils bats were as hot as a cat on a tin roof on a summer day Saturday morning at Flour Mill Flats ballfield.

    Harriman jumped out to an 11-1 lead after two innings before Rockwood settled down and held the Devils scoreless for the remainder of the first game. Rockwood’s Sam Tilley was able to cross the plate in the top of the third giving her team their second run of the game.

  • GLIMPSES: Environmental debates predate us

    By MARK BANKER

    “What a difference a week makes.”

    That’s what our daughter, Tollie, said on Friday Sept. 15. She and Mason teach at Florida’s Hillsborough Community College and live in Riverview, a sprawling suburb on Tampa’s southeast side.

    For nearly 10 days, they watched Hurricane Irma advance and considered with great uncertainty its arrival in central Florida. From East Tennessee, we shared her roller coaster emotional ride as the storm pin balled an erratic course.

  • The road not taken

    The Roane County Commission’s decision to accept a portion of Bournemouth Drive into the county road system last month didn’t go unnoticed.

    “We want our road took over by the county also,” said Tim Phillips, who lives on Wildwood Lane in the Dyllis area.

    So far officials have said no to the request, but Phillips along with some of his neighbors plan to continue pursuing the issue with county officials. Phillips said it’s an issue of fairness now that the county has accepted Bournemouth.

  • Deputy shot man holding toy gun

    The man shot in an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday was in stable condition as of Monday, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    David B. Daugherty, 47, was shot multiple times by Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Joseph after he threatened officers who responded to a call about two males arguing at the 352 Mays Valley Road home, Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the 9th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

  • Roane County Animal Shelter chief placed on leave

    The Roane County Animal Shelter rode a wave of highs and lows over the weekend.

    The announcement the Shelter now has all its dogs fully vetted was followed a few days later with Director John Griffin placed on administrative leave.

    “There are some personnel issues we cannot discuss,” County Executive Ron Woody said Tuesday. “I really cannot talk about personnel issues.”

    The Roane County News filed a Freedom of Information Act request late Tuesday morning and will follow up on it.

  • Plenty of pot plants found growing on Front Avenue

    Rockwood police confiscated several marijuana plants earlier this month.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett told Deputy Chief John Mayes he could see marijuana growing from the road on Harvey Street.

    Mayes investigated.

    “Your affiant (Mayes) pulled into the driveway located on Harvey Street and spoke with the neighbor, who stated the residence belongs to Critter and Kristin,” the report said.

    The report lists 525 N. Front Ave., as the property where the marijuana was allegedly growing.