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Today's News

  • Late TD sends Tigers to title game

    With a berth in the Clinch Valley Conference title game on the line, the Rockwood Middle School Tigers came from behind twice in the final 3:39 of play to down Robertsville, 44-41, in a thrilling game at Rockwood's Civitan Field.
    Thursday's game featured some incredible individual performances.
    For Rockwood, Logan Abbott led the way with 222 yards rushing and 4 TDs on only 14 carries while fellow Tiger Corbin Van Patten added 119 yards rushing and 1 TD on 11 carries.

  • Jackets swarm 'Dogs, 38-8

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets swarmed into Wartburg and rolled to a 38-8 win over the Bulldogs Thursday night.
    “We jumped on (Wartburg) early and we haven't been doing that lately, because it's taken us a while to get started,” Cherokee head coach Brian Pankey said. “My hats go off to Wartburg. They played hard and they never quit.”
    Cherokee's first score came on a 56-yard touchdown run by Maurice Lane.
    Dre Guerrero ran in the two point play for the Jackets to take an early 8-0 lead with 5:55 left in the first quarter.

  • HMS blanks Oakdale, 34-0

    Harriman piled up 293 yards on the ground in a 34-0 victory over Oakdale to help celebrate eighth grade night last Thursday night.
    The Blue Devils (4-3) got a stern challenge from a determined bunch of Eagles, who missed on some early opportunities, but were able to notch the shutout to help their 21 eighth graders finish their last game on Wallace-Black Field with a win.
    Oakdale fumbled away their first possession and the Blue Devils answered with a 21-yard scoring drive capped by a five-yard run by Garrett Greene for a 6-0 lead.

  • The Dirty Dozen: Roane State’s first leaders get kudos at college’s 40th anniversary kickoff

    When state and local leaders founded Roane State Community College 40 years ago, no one could have predicted that it would grow as it has.

    The school celebrated its past and its achievements last week at a reception following a documentary of the college’s early years.

    The college kicked off the anniversary observance Friday morning with the premiere of “40 Years of Class,” by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, a Roane State alumnus.

  • Presidential hopeful Cain heading here

    Presidential candidate Herman Cain is taking his growing popularity on the road — and one of his scheduled stops is in Roane County.

    The Roane County Tea Party is hosting the Republican at Roane State Community College student lounge, where Cain will be speaking on Saturday, Oct. 15. A buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

  • Yager: Roane should be in 1 House district

    State Sen. Ken Yager is of the opinion that Roane County should remain a single House district.

    However, the Harriman Republican indicates he’s powerless to do anything about it.   

    “Redistricting House districts is within the prerogative of that body, and I would refer you to my colleague, Rep. Julia Hurley,” Yager wrote in a letter to county officials.

    New district lines are drawn every 10 years.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Some TVA plaintiffs also contesting property values

    Some of the plaintiffs suing TVA over the ash spill are also in a legal fight with the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office.

    At issue is the value of 79 properties, which the plaintiffs contend is zero because of the disaster.

    They have appealed to the Tennessee Board of Equalization. A pre-hearing conference was held on the matter earlier this year.   

    “We’re contesting it (the properties) as valueless,” attorney Matt Conn said.

  • Toho lays off 47 employees

    Toho Tenax America Inc. recently laid off 47 employees.

    According to information the company provided the state, the layoffs begin on Sept. 15 and ended on Sept. 23.

    The Roane Alliance reports that Toho is one of the county’s largest employers.

    Toho’s human resources department directed us to a company official in New York for comment about the layoffs. Phone calls were not returned.

    Toho is in the Roane County Industrial Park at 121 Cardiff Valley Road, Rockwood.

  • Harriman woman accused in Morgan of doctor shopping

    A Roane County woman is charged with doctor shopping using TennCare, and an indictment came down in nearby Morgan County.

    The Office of Inspector General, who is responsible for investigating potential TennCare abuses, announced on Sept. 28 that Kathy Lynn Ellison, 53, of Harriman, was arrested and charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping.

    The drugs were the painkillers hydrocodone and Lortab.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    AUG. 22 CASES DISPOSED

    Amber Nolan, probation violation. Guilty.

    Larry Green, assault physical contact. Dismissed.

    David L. Hicks, failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed. Simple possession/casual exchange. Guilty.

    Thomas S. Holder, violation of order of protection. Dismissed.