Today's News

  • Big score for former Devils, RSCC coach

    Former Harriman and Roane State Community College  basketball coach Johnny Jones  will be inducted into the Martin Methodist Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with the 1994-95 basketball team.
    "It was a surprise. I didn't expect this honor. Martin Methodist has a strong athletic tradition of winning," said Jones, who guided the Harriman Lady Devils to their first appearance in the state basketball tournament since the 2002-03 season. "I helped  during the transition from a 2-year school to a 4-year school."

  • Midway takes 3A doubleheader from Rockwood

    The Midway basketball teams swept a pair of District 3A games Friday, as the Lady Waves defeated the Lady Tigers 36-33 in overtime and the Green Wave defeated the Tigers 43-29.
    Midway 36, Rockwood 33: "Every win is big. That is a good Rockwood team. We were fortunate the ball bounced our way," said Midway Coach Mike Hayes.
    Emily Cawood led Midway with 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Caitlyn Ross added 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and four steals.

  • Harriman tames Concord Christian Lions

    With it cold and rainy on the outside, things heated up inside Richard Pickell Gymnasium, as the Harriman basketball teams hosted Concord Christian in a District 3A doubleheader Monday night.
    The Lady Devils were able to grind out a 39-32 victory over the Lady Lions, while the Blue Devils picked a commanding 72-52 victory over the Lions.
    Harriman 39, Concord Christian 32: The Lady Devils picked a much needed win as the regular season ends this week.
    Junior guard Christina Pack led the way for Harriman with 12 points, while Katie Hall added eight points.

  • Harriman, Meigs County split 3A contests

    Despite school being dismissed Friday for illness, the Harriman basketball teams hosted Meigs County in District 3A action before a packed Richard Pickell Gymnasium.
    After splitting their two games at Meigs County earlier in the season,   the two teams split the final regular season matchup, as the Lady Devils lost 61-37 and the Blue Devils won 78-70.
    Meigs County 61, Harriman 37: The Lady Devils played two good periods against the Lady Tigers, but the visitors used their physical style of play to pick up the victory.

  • Lady Jackets defeat Scott Lady Highlanders

    The Kingston basketball teams traveled to Scott High Friday for a pair of District 4AA games and returned to Roane County with a split, as the Lady Jackets won 53-45 and the Yellow Jackets lost 59-41 to the Highlanders.
    Kingston 53, Scott 45: Abby Wilson poured in 19 points with three rebounds, two assists and seven steals to lead the Lady Jackets over the Lady Highlanders.
    Three other Lady Jackets added nine points — Hannah Bailey, Riley Guillemet and Amadea Pankey, while Bailey and Pankey each hauled down nine rebounds.

  • Roane State wins three of four games from Jackson State, Columbia State

    The Roane State basketball teams traveled to Middle Tennessee over the week to face conference foes Jackson State and Columbia State, with the teams returning to Roane County with a 3-1 record.
    The Raiders beat Columbia State 101-93 and lost to Jackson State 90-86, while the Raiderettes defeated Columbia State 77-62 and Jackson State 77-61.
    Roane State 101, Columbia State 93: Charles Perry,  William Johnson, Geevantay Gee and Charles Perry tallied 29, 25, 12 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the Raiders Friday night in Columbia.

  • Some lake weeds better than none

    Upward of 200 people crowded the Roane County Courthouse’s Circuit Courtroom Monday night for a County Commission workshop focused on the issue of invasive aquatic weeds.

    “We’re not used to this kind of crowd,” said Commission Chairman Ron Berry.

    Berry said the strong turnout showed the subject of weeds was important to the community.

    The meeting was organized by the County Environmental Review Board.

  • Pipe bomb found near Rockwood

    The Knox County Bomb Squad responded to Roane County on Monday after deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office discovered an explosive device at 1664 Eureka Road.

    “Upon my guys getting there, they identified what was believed to be a homemade explosive,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    “At that time they called the Knox County Bomb Squad, which advised them to set up a perimeter and shut down the road in front of the house until they could get there and do what they do.”

  • Chemical traces found in Roane Central water

    From staff reports

    Roane Central was found to slightly exceed a federal drinking water standard for total trihalomethanes during a testing period last year.

    Total trihalomethanes are a byproduct of disinfection from chlorine or other disinfectants used in water to minimize the risk of microbial life in drinking water.

    The total trihalomethanes was calculated to be .082 milligrams per liter. This value exceeds the maximum contaminant level of .080 milligrams per liter set for this parameter.

  • County refinancing ‘balloon’ jail debt

    Roane County is planning to refinance some debt, and it’s turning to some familiar faces to get it done.

    “We are going with Cumberland Securities,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Cumberland Securities President and CEO Joe Ayres and Senior Vice President Scott Gibson worked with the county extensively under previous administrations. When Woody took office in 2010, however, he let it be known that he wasn’t a fan of some of the financial work they had done for Roane County.