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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Public deserves answers about fire

    Tennessee has been blessed with the Public Records Act, which provides for citizen access to public records.

    These records include all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output films, sound recordings or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.

    That definition would seem to cover just about everything a journalist or any citizen might want to know.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian By MARK BANKER: Wanted: A few Ervin Democrats

    Thanks to several responses to my recent column directed to “Howard Baker Republicans,” I am now on the lookout for a few “Sam Ervin Democrats.”

    If my quest rings hollow to you, you are either younger than 40 or were unusually disengaged in the summer of 1973.

    Yes, that was long before cable TV’s 24-hour news cycle, the internet and “smart phones” appeared. But in that summer of Watergate, Sens. Ervin, D-North Carolina, and Baker, R-Tennessee, became familiar figures.

  • Clark honored by Roane County Commission

    mission honored Harriman’s Hunter Clark at the Feb. 13 meeting. From left are, Bobby Clark, father;  County Commissioners Greg Ferguson Junior Hendrickson, Amy Jenkins, mother; Clark and County Commissioner Randy Ellis. Clark recorded 62 tackles for the Blue Devils, including 23 for minus yardage with five sacks. Clark is has a 4.0 GPA. The Commission also recognized Harriman’s Joe Pace, not present, passed for over 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns last season and ran for 551 yards with 10 TDs. Pace plays on the Harriman basketball team.