Today's News

  • Just how low can the ISO go?


    Roane Newspapers

    Bringing down insurance premiums by reducing the county’s ISO rating is an objective of the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

    One step that might help was unveiled last Monday to members of Roane County’s volunteer fire departments.

    The Turbo Draft is a pumping device that can make any body of water — creek, swimming pool, lake, retention pond and more — a water source to fight fires.

  • Houstons bond reduction denied


    Roane Newspapers

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott has denied a defense request to reduce the bond for accused murderers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    “I am certainly disappointed,” said Randy Rogers, attorney for Rocky. “I think we demonstrated that the bond was excessive.”

    Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood set bond at $900,000 for each brother during a preliminary hearing in August. Defense lawyers argued that amount is excessive and way too much for two working men presumed to be innocent.

  • Bredesen spends time, hands out grant money


    Roane Newspapers

    The Kingston Community Center was packed Wednesday for a visit from Gov. Phil Bredesen.

    Bredesen was in Roane County to announce grants awarded to Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood and also to discuss ideas for economic growth, specifically in rural parts of Tennessee.

    Roane County and Rockwood received Community Development Block Grants for $500,000 each.

    Roane County will be using the money for a water line between Roane and McMinn counties.

  • Harriman canine a doggone good narcotics detective


    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman’s narcotic dog did more than outshine other K-9s at a recent school competition.

    Dugan, a 6-year-old Labrador retriever, left about 10 other competitors in the dust in narcotics detection.

    His handler, Patrolman Guy McGill, said Dugan completed the search of a room in 6.8 seconds.

    The next closest time was about 30 seconds, according to McGill.

    “Everyone was kind of amazed. I was amazed,” McGill said.

  • Tigers, Lady Jackets cruise to wins


    Roane Newspapers

    The Rockwood Tigers and Kingston Yellow Jackets have played a lot of great games over the years.

    Monday night, however, didn’t live up to those classics as the Lady Jackets and the Rockwood boys cruised to easy victories.

    The evening opened with Kingston cruising to a 51-31 victory in the girls contest then Rockwood came back with a 48-34 victory in the final game of the evening.

    Girls Game

  • Allen, Webb gear up for all star game


    Roane Newspapers

    Fans of the Rockwood Tigers or any team that the Tigers have played over the last four years can tell you who Bryant Allen is.

  • Rockwood, Harriman hook up


    Roane Newspapers

    Anything can happen anytime Rockwood and Harriman hookup and Fri-day night the two longtime county rivals split a pair of District 3-A con-tests.

    In the girls game, Amy Breazeale’s Lady Tigers squad picked up their first win of the season with a 59-50 victory over the Lady Devils, but the Blue Devils got some revenge in the final game of the evening as they knocked off the Tigers, 66-54.

    Girls Game

  • Midway reverses course


    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway basketball teams might have thought they were caught in a whirlwind. The teams seemed to completely switch positions as the week came to a close Friday against Greenback.

    The Lady Waves played only their second game of the season Thursday at Sunbright and dropped a 62-55 decision after a big second half comeback. However, back at home on Friday, the Lady Waves ended a long losing streak to Greenback with a stunning 45-44 win to give first year coach Amy Woody her first career win.

  • Wartburg sweeps Sunbright


    Morgan County News

    SUNBRIGHT – Wartburg’s high school basketball teams captured their first sweep of the season at Sunbright last Tuesday night in District 4-A action.

    In the first meeting of rookie coaches, Jason Davis’ Lady Bulldogs ran away with a 70-34 victory over Allen Davis’ Sunbright squad. In the boys’ game, Wartburg’s Caleb Bunch fired in a career-high 37 points to lead the Bulldogs to an exciting 77-69 win over the Tigers.


  • Two plea deals in Hampton drug case


    Roane Newspapers

    Two codefendants of Daniel Glen Hampton — the Rhea County man charged with distributing narcotics and with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Dorothy — are scheduled to change their innocent pleas to guilty.

    Larry Eugene Hampton, Daniel Hampton’s uncle, was scheduled to be in court Tuesday after press time to change his plea, while Daniel Lee Go-ins is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugh B. Ward would only confirm that these agreements had been reached.