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Today's News

  • Lady ‘Cats hold off Midway, 40-34

    It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats kept their season alive Friday night with a 40-34 victory at Midway in the opening round of the Region 2-A Tournament.

  • Season ends for Kingston at Austin-East

    The 2012-13 season came to a close Saturday night for the Kingston Yellow Jackets as Colt Narramore’s squad dropped a 75-38 decision at the hands of Austin-East in the opening round of the Region 2-AA Tournament.

    The Roadrunners made quick work of Kingston as they jumped out to a 19-3 after eight minutes of play.

  • Lady 'Cats get revenge on Wartburg, 55-37

    Michelle Christopher can finally get some sleep.

    What was causing the Lady ‘Cat head coach some sleepless nights was a 47-43 loss against Wartburg in the District 4-A semifinals on Feb. 15, but Oliver Springs exacted revenge Monday night in the Region 2-A semifinals with a dominating 55-37 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

  • Season ends for Rockwood

    The Wartburg Bulldogs played with a chip on their shoulders after a stunning District 4-A championship game loss to Sunbright.

    While the Bulldogs have to wait on extracting revenge from the Sunbright Tigers, they mauled the Rockwood Tigers Saturday night by a 67-52 margin. 

  • Lifestar liftoff in Kingston
  • Ordinance would allow non-Rockwoodians to own liquor stores in city

    Owners and operators of Rockwood liquor stores are required to live in the city at least three years before applying for a liquor store privilege license.

    Rockwood City Council will consider changing that requirement with the first reading of an ordinance at its meeting today, Feb. 25.

    “I asked the city attorney to get a legal opinion of the Rockwood ordinance as it was written,” said Mayor James Watts. “The legal opinion is you cannot put a residency restriction on a liquor ordinance.”

  • ‘She’s a heckuva cook:' Rockwood police clerk does a sweet turn for N.J. officers

    Thomas Boyd, the police chief in Seaside Heights, N.J., has never met Kathy Griffin in person, but he knows something about her.   

    “She’s a heckuva cook,” he said.

    Seaside Heights was one of the towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Griffin, a Rockwood Police Department records clerk, said she saw Boyd and some of his officers on TV during a benefit concert held for the victims last year.  

  • State antes up funds for Roane State security

    The Tennessee Building Commission last week approved $306,000 for Roane State Community College to extend security upgrades to its campuses, including the main campus in Roane County.

    “In this day and age, unfortunately, there are increasing numbers of incidents and threats to educational institutions,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said.

    “We want to take every step we possibly can to increase security for Roane State students, faculty and staff and for community members,” he added.

  • Keeping kids safe: Price tag high to protect priceless resource

    Beefing up security at schools in Roane County won’t be cheap.

    A committee tasked with making a recommendation on how to make schools safer estimates the cost at $1.8 million. The figure includes the price of hiring 12 school resource officers and upgrading camera systems at some schools.

    “I’m committed to trying to make our schools more secure,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said during the committee’s meeting last week.

  • No true bill on Kirkham

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office looked into some issues that involved former Roane County property assessor Teresa Kirkham and current Property Assessor David Morgan.

    Neither resulted in criminal charges. An addendum posted on the District Attorney General’s website said the Roane County grand jury chose to take no action on the matters when it met last week.

    Kirkham’s involved the reduced appraisal on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.