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Today's News

  • Roane teams gearing up close to home

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellxouth.net

    Tired of high gas prices?

    Well there’s nothing you can do about it, but at least Friday night’s football games are all close to home as Roane County fans should have less than a 30 minute drive to see their favorite team play.

    This week’s schedule is full of area rivalry games with Harriman traveling to Wartburg, Oliver Springs hosting Coalfield, and Rockwood traveling to Kingston in this week’s showdown between county schools.

  • FOOTBALL: The region's other religion

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Pastor Mike Miller describes himself as an average football fan.

    But when it comes to his Cedar Grove Baptist Church congregation, Miller says many of its members are a lot more than just casual when it comes to their fondness of football.

    “We have a lot of people who are passionate football fans,” Miller said.

  • ACLU takes on student athlete drug testing

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    David Higgins expressed his dismay with the county school system’s drug testing policy for athletes last month.

    Now the ACLU is expressing its dismay with the threat of legal action.

    “These unsubstantiated searches make a mockery of the civics lessons taught in our classrooms, and should be roundly and readily rejected by parents and school officials alike,” Hedy Weinberg, executive director of ACLU of Tennessee, said in a news release on Wednesday.

  • Long-sought Swan Pond water contract signed and sealed

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The city of Kingston has officially relinquished its hold on Swan Pond Road water customers who are trying to get pressurized municipal water.

    “We’ve got to get these people some water,” Councilman Kevin McClure said at the city council meeting Tuesday.

    The council had agreed to turn over its water customers on Swan Pond Road to Roane Central Utility District at last month’s meeting and sent a contract regarding the agreement.

  • Greenback grounds Tigers

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    SUNBRIGHT-Greenback earned some respect in Region 2-A at the expense of Sunbright Friday night.

    The Cherokees scored early and often as they cruised to a 42-12 victory over the Tigers in a regional battle.

    Greenback (2-0, 1-0 in Region 2-A) rolled up 394 yards of offense to get the region victory on the road over Johnny Harrison's team.

  • Midway survives scare at Oakdale 41-21 in region clash

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OAKDALE-Hollis Eble Field has seen its share of good times and bad times for the Oakdale football team over the years. For a whole half Friday night, Hollis Eble Field was the place for some happy Eagle fans. They were in a 14-14 deadlock with the 2007 Region 2-A Champion Midway Green Wave. However, during the next 12 minutes, Midway scored 27 straight points to pull away for a 41-21 win and avoid an upset to a vastly improved Oakdale team.

  • Cherokee picks up triple-OT win

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets improved to 3-0 in the district and 3-1 overall with a thrilling 28-22 three-overtime win at Rockwood.

    Cherokee had grabbed a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter, but Rockwood began its comeback with a last-second touchdown just before halftime.

    The Tigers tied the game at 14 with an early third-quarter TD, then the two teams then had to battle through three overtimes before Cherokee got the winning score on a 10-yard run from James Daley.

  • Lady Cats run past Greenback

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcat soccer team ran their season record to 2-1 recently with a 4-1 victory over Greenback at D.J. Brittan Field.

  • Patton lawsuit prompts formal action on resignations

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The ramifications from the Mark Patton case were evident at Monday night’s county commission meeting.

    When it came time to accept the resignation of Harriman Mayor Chris Mason from the Roane County Industrial Development Board, the commission didn’t simply acquiesce like it has in the past.

    Commissioner James Harmon made a formal motion to accept the resignation, and the commission voted unanimously by voice vote.

    Patton was elected as a constable in August 2006.

  • Harriman eyes land

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A piece of property adjacent to Harriman Riverfront Park may soon become city property.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson was given the go-ahead to talk to the property owner of what is referred to as the Skidmore property.

    It is a roughly 5.2-acre lot that Sampson feels is an ideal parcel to include with the park.

    Sampson said the property is appraised at $23,900.