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Today's News

  • Helping hungry just got easier

    Hands of Mercy has served hundreds of Roane County’s hungry from its Kingston location.

    A second location will ease the burden placed on the small Kingston facility and the customers who travel there.

    Hands of Mercy’s Harriman site, at 421 Devonia St., is now open to serving those in need of food.

    “We decided it would be a good thing to do to separate them and put everyone from Harriman and Oliver Springs, with that address, in this office,” said Director Sharon Pinner.

  • Committee to tackle weed issue

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry has formed a committee to work on the issue of invasive non-native weeds.

    At last week’s regular Commission meeting Berry appointed Commissioners Steve Kelley, Stanley Moore, Junior Hendrickson and David Bell to the committee. Berry is also a member of the committee.

    “They pretty much represent the whole county,” Berry said.

  • ‘Rockwood has been able to do amazing things’

    Rockwood officials tackled property cleanup head on in recent years, and the results have paid off with what should be 83 properties cleaned up when it is all said and done.

    City Administrator Becky Ruppe presented the results to the community during last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “Rockwood has been able to do amazing things with blighted property over the last two or three years. A lot of homes we have been able to clean up,” Ruppe said.

  • Tomato plant grafting among workshop topics

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County, in collaboration with the Roane County Extension Office and the University of Tennessee, is finalizing plans for a Home Gardening Skills Workshop.

    The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. April 8.

    “Through events like this one, we strive to provide community based horticultural education on a variety of subjects,” said Barbara Peratrovich of the Master Gardeners.

  • Knife wielder taken to jail

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies encountered a man with a knife when they responded to a domestic call at 2755 Sugar Grove Valley Road, Harriman, around noon on March 21.

    Lawrence Stringfield was charged with criminal trespass and eight counts of aggravated assault for putting the lives of relatives and deputies in fear of bodily harm.

  • Woman charged with filing false report about fatal fire

    A Rockwood woman is charged with filing a false report after Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigators determined she was not forthcoming about being dropped off at 1147 Mountain View Road on March 15, the night before emergency responders came to fight a fire at the home where the body of Jonathan Pesterfield was found.

    Lydia Vasquez 27, 5338 Roane State Hwy., was booked into the Roane County Jail on March 22.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Vasquez and others will be interviewed again as part of the investigation.

  • Oliver Springs fall 4-2 to Coalfield

    By Michael Lindsay
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Longtime rivals Oliver Springs and Coalfield opened District 4A play on Monday against each other. This matchup was different, however, as legendary Coalfield coach and Oliver Springs native Garry Kreis passed away earlier in the morning. Kreis’ passing has brought the two communities together.

  • Rockwood Tigers tame Oliver Springs Bobcats 10-6

    It was a game of missed opportunities for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as they left 12 base-runners stranded in their baseball game with the Rockwood Tigers last Friday evening. The Tigers, on the other hand, capitalized on their scoring opportunities, holding off the Bobcats by a 10-6 tally.

  • Lady Bobcats sweep doubleheader from Lady Dragons

    Friday night the Lady Bobcats of Oliver Springs swept a non-district doubleheader from the Clinton Lady Dragons Friday evening, winning 5-4 and 9-3.
    Oliver Springs 5, Cliton 4: The first matchup looked as if the Lady Dragons were going to pick up game one, but the Lady Bobcats proved to have a resilient attitude and used a fifth inning rally to pick up the first victory 5-4. The second matchup was mostly controlled by the Lady Bobcats as they picked up the 9-3 victory.

  • Lady Jackets shut out by Meigs County

    The Kingston Lady Jackets traveled to Meigs County Monday to face the Lady Tigers, but came home with a 6-0 loss.
    The game was scoreless after 2 1/2 innings, before Meigs County scored three runs in the bottom of third, two in the bottom of the fourth and one in the bottom of the fifth in the six inning contest.
    Emily Workman was the losing pitcher, allowing six runs on nine hits.
    Meigs County pitcher Ashley Rogers allowed only two hits by Lenna Robinson.