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Today's News

  • Commissioner Greg Ferguson DUI charge dismissed

    At the recommendation of District Attorney General Russell Johnson, the DUI charge against Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was dismissed on Monday.

    In Tennessee, the legal limit for alcohol is .08. TBI test results showed that Ferguson’s alcohol level was below that when State Trooper Alexander Evans arrested him for DUI on March 2.

    “I was not intoxicated, and the tests prove it,” Ferguson wrote in a prepared statement that he handed out after Monday’s hearing.

  • HMS falls to Loudon

    Harriman Middle School could not keep up with a strong Fort Loudon Middle School offense Thursday night.

    The Blue Devils fell 40-22 in their season opener at Harriman High School.

    “Overall, I’m not disappointed in the way my kids played,” said Coach Baron Tapp.
    Tapp thought his offense did well.

    Michael Green Jr., an eighth grade running back ran in two of the Blue Devils’ touchdowns, according to Tapp.

    Quarterback Kylann Love also scored for the Blue Devils.

    Tapp said his defense needs some work.

  • RMS struggles against Rhea

    Down by five touchdowns, Rockwood Middle School football coach Scott Harvey wasn’t focused on a comeback in the second-half of Thursday’s season opener against Rhea County.

    “Try to find something positive,” he told his players before the second-half kickoff.
    Rockwood only gave up one touchdown in the second half of the 42-0 home loss. Harvey cited that as a positive after the game.

    “I thought the effort was a little bit better in the second half,” he said. “We learned from our mistakes in the first half.”

  • What ballgame treats make fans cheer? Tell us!

    From Staff Reports
    The rough-and-tumble action on the gridiron, spirited cries of support from cheerleaders and the fight songs from the band section are all big attractions of Friday night football in Roane County.

    But there’s one facet of football season that’s much used but often overlooked:
    The concession stand.

    Friday — and, this week, Thursday — night foodies congregate around the mini-eateries to fuel up for more cheering and community camaraderie.

  • FOUR BROTHERS CALLED, FOUR BROTHERS RETURN

    The Wright family sent four brothers off to World War II — and they saw them all come back.

    Sam and Nora Wright saw sons Howard, Houston, Ralph and Clyde off to fight. All four returned after the war, with Ralph suffering a shrapnel injury on Normandy Beach.

    The years since have claimed three of those Wright brothers, with only Clyde surviving today to share his war memories.

    Though he just celebrated his 90th birthday, he tells a detailed description of what he did in the Pacific.

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Struck bridge going down to one lane for repairs

    The traveling’s tight on the narrow bridge on Caney Creek Road.

    It’s about to be even tighter — a least for a few days.

    Roane County Road Department is closing one lane of travel on the bridge to repair railing damaged when a vehicle crashed into it last week.

    “We’ll probably be working all day from 8:30 to about 5 o’clock,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said Friday.

    “It’ll probably take two or three days — and might take longer.”

  • Abandoned asphalt pile was road department’s

    The pile of asphalt that was left abandoned on the side of Creekwood Road belonged to the Roane County Road Department.

    Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said employees Mike Sensaboy, Gage Patterson and Matthew Bolden were filling in potholes on the road and dumped the asphalt after it got cold.

    “They weren’t just out riding down the road trying to waste asphalt,” Ferguson said. “That wasn’t it. It just got cold. It would have gotten cold on me, or you, or anybody.”

  • Harriman to finance $1.5 million for paving

    Harriman City Council will possibly pass a budget next month that includes financing of approximately $1.5 million for paving.

    “One of the biggest things that I am proud of in the budget is the money set aside for paving,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

    “We need to and are going to try to find a way to fund paving every year in the future, as well as maintain the storm drains.”

    The latter, in particular, have him concerned.