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Today's News

  • Happenings on the hill

    As of today, a new column will be running weekly in the Roane Count News called Happenings On The Hill. This column will focus on the University of Tennessee athletics and will focus primarily on football, men’s and women’s basketball and softball and baseball. For the most part, it will be on time with the season being played. Unless something drastic happens. (not that ever happens at UT) I can’t promise everything in this column you will agree with, but just like whoever may be reading, I’m just a Vol fan who is putting my thoughts on paper.

  • Lady Devils come from behind

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Harriman Middle School girls’ softball team traveled to Wartburg on Friday evening to take on the Bulldogs in what turned out to be a tale of two teams that started and ended the game in opposite directions as the Blue Devils struggled early and finished strong while Wartburg started strong and struggled late to lose a five run 1st inning lead and the game by a score of 9-5.

  • Harriman Middle loses hard fought game

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Devils took on Elk Valley on Monday night in volleyball action.

    The weather outside was cold and rainy, but both teams brought it on the court as neither team wanted to go down with the loss on Monday night.

    Despite a very valiant effort and a great comeback the Lady Devils were unable to pick up the victory on the night as they dropped the final set to lose the match by a final score of 2-1.

  • Jackets bedevil Harriman

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets held off a Harriman Lady Blue Devil surge Monday evening at Roane County High School to win in three straight volleyball sets, 25-18, 25-22, and 25-17.

    “I’m very proud of our girls and how they played,” Kingston Coach Thomas Abbott said, “they played real hard and put in a great effort.

    “Harriman is a good team and very well coached.

    “Our girls met the challenge.”

  • GLIMPSES: U.S-Mexican tensions nothing new

    By MARK BANKER

    When I left Roane County in 1969, there were no Mexican restaurants here. When I returned 18 years later, there were a few. Today there are many - including several that are excellent.

    While many of us enjoy the food at these modest eateries, we are less certain about the folks who prepare and serve our meals. Indeed, they and their restaurants represent one of the most important developments in our region — and nation — in my lifetime.

  • Vehicular homicide convict again arrested for intoxication

    The man convicted of killing a volunteer firefighter in a 2007 car crash was arrested again last week.

    Bryan Keefe Howard is charged with public intoxication in a Sept. 5 incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Riter responded to Midtown Auto Sales to investigate a report of a man passed out in a vehicle.

  • Berry back at helm of Commission

    Ron Berry will serve another year as chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    He was re-elected by a 9-6 vote over James Brummett during Monday’s meeting at the courthouse.

    Commissioners David Bell, Peggy Collier, Benny East, Todd Fink, Junior Hendrickson, Chris Johnson, Darryl Meadows and Stanley Moore voted for Berry, who also voted for himself.

    Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson, Carolyn Granger, Mike Hooks and Steve Kelley voted for Brummett, who also voted for himself.

    Berry addressed his colleagues after the vote.

  • ROCK SOLID

    Roane County residents are diving into a nationwide trend, painting and hiding colorful rocks around the community to spread a little sunshine in someone’s day.

    One of those groups is #RockinRoaneCo. Many of the residents at Renaissance Terrace paint rocks found around Roane County for this group.

    “We took them to Roane State the first time, then down to Rockwood,” said Nancy Isabell while painting another masterpiece.

    “They find them and take pictures of them.”

  • Like a sturgeon
  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Zaxby's exZactly the choice for four generations

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure at Zaxby’s in Midtown involves four generations of the Poston family.

    My wife Carol and I live in Midtown Heights. We pass Zaxby’s every time we go to Kroger, Lowe’s, church, Kingston, Harriman, Interstate 40, Knoxville and other places going east.

    I’ve had Zaxby’s on my “Out to Lunch” prospect list for some time, waiting for an opportunity to pop up.

    We were excited when our grandson Brady, wife Toni and our 8-month-old great-grandson Benjamin, said they would like to spend their vacation at our house.