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Today's News

  • Who’s next? Clem, Johnson jockeying for office

    From staff reports

    The County Clerk is one of the more popular elected officials in Tennessee counties.

    The office’s duties of registering and annually renewing vehicle tags is often the only thing that brings some people to the courthouse.

    Their popularity means that most, like Roane County’s Barbara Anthony, have little to no opposition come election time.

    But all bets are off once they decide to retire.

  • Roane’s grad rate tops state’s

    The Tennessee Department of Education report card released last week shows Roane County Schools excelling when it comes to its graduation rate.

    The system still has some work to do on the ACT, however.

    The report card, which is released annually, provides a snapshot of how the state along with individual school districts and schools are performing. The latest covers the 2016-17 school year.

  • CALLING IT QUITS

    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony is stepping down at the end of her term.

    It’ll be a big change. Though Anthony was elected in 2006, she has been employed with the office for 42 years.

    “I was in an accident in May. That really did make me decide to retire, because I’ve been here since 1976. I wanted to get out of here and spend some time with family and travel and do those sorts of things,” said Anthony.

    “My last day will be Aug. 31.”

    She was a deputy clerk prior to seeking the office herself.

  • Harriman Middle storms the Fort

    The Harriman Lady Devils and Blue Devils travelled to Fort Loudoun Middle School on Thursday night for middle school basketball action.

    The Lady Devils were able to pick up a 37-24 win on the night over the Lady Braves.

    Harriman was able to coast to the victory in the second game by a score of 45-19.

    “We were happy to get a road with especially after an emotional victory over Kingston last night,” head coach Johnny Jones said.

  • Lady ’Cats can’t hold off Wartburg

    The Wartburg Middle Lady Bulldogs used an aggressive defense to take a 43-35 win against the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats Thursday evening at Oliver Springs Middle School.

    The first quarter began with the Lady ‘Cats building a 7-3 lead thanks to a scoring flurry from Megan Armstrong, Ella Hampton and Madi Jones.

    Wartburg was able to find some life due to scores from Elizabeth Keathley and Olivia Davis.

  • OS tops in ’Cat and Dawg fight

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats held off the Wartburg Bulldogs to win 42-33 Thursday evening at Oliver Springs Middle School.

    Wartburg had been slowly and steadily chipping away at the Bobcats’ lead throughout the game and in the fourth quarter it looked like things were about to pay off.

    A lay-up by Tanner Johnson made the score 27-26, the Bulldogs’ first lead of the game.

    “Wartburg is a really good team,” Bobcat Coach Lance Jones said. “I think they are a lot better than what their record shows.

  • Former Kingston standout killed in Cumberland crash

    Demarcus Foster, a former football standout at Roane County High School, was killed in an automobile crash on Jan. 6.

    “I’ll miss him,” father Sam Foster said. “That was my boy.”

    The accident happened around 6 a.m. on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Deputy: ‘Voyager’ star spat on him

    The actress who played Kes on “Star Trek: Voyager” is again facing criminal charges.

    Jennifer Ann Lien was arrested last month for DUI and simple assault. She allegedly spat on Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wes Stooksbury during the incident.

    According to the warrant, Stooksbury spotted Lien driving erratically on Hwy. 70 in a gold Buick.

  • Property no longer a mess

    Helen Hayes was released from the Roane County Jail shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III ordered her jailed on Jan. 4 for failing to comply with an order to cleanup her property at 1812 Bluff Road, Harriman.

    “The lawsuit is over that we filed because she has removed the debris and she’s been released from jail,” County Attorney Greg Leffew said.

  • Harriman’s New Year’s resolution: Clean up city

    It’s a new year, and Harriman is anxious to put its best foot forward.

    That’s why codes enforcer David Branam is working hard to begin addressing code enforcement on properties around the city and utilizing mapping to identify some areas.

    “He’s already started hitting some of those areas,” said Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

    Branam so far hasn’t had to play the tough guy to see results.