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Today's News

  • Field of DREAMS

    LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Roane County usually sells between 40-50 horses a year, but that’s not what President, CEO and owner Eric Barton likes most about his breeding operation.

    “I really like the donations more than the sells,” he said.

    Saturday was a big day for him. LexLin held its fourth annual Passing of the Lead ceremony, where it donates Gypsy Vanner horses to equine therapy centers from around the country.

  • Alleged Nazi saluter curses at judge

    The man accused of threatening to blow up a Harriman church had his case reset to Friday.

    James Lombardo appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday on charges of aggravated criminal trespass, harassment and disrupting or obstructing a meeting or procession.

    He was sent back to the Roane County Jail after reportedly cursing at Judge Dennis Humphreys during his Monday court appearance.

    Lombardo’s charges stem from a July 15 incident at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harriman.

  • Rockwood cleanups may go to court

    Rockwood officials may be heading to court to demolish two more properties, in keeping with their cleanup goals in the community.

    Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to file a Roane County Chancery Court suit to enforce building inspector Harold Ishman’s orders to demolish structures at 725 N. Chamberlain Ave. and 803 N. Trinity Ave.

    One step to make cleanup enforcement, including demolition easier, is a proposed new ordinance.

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  • SMILE! Dental clinics hit Roane

    Two opportunities for free dental care came to Roane County on Friday, and people showed up in droves to take advantage of it.

    People started lining up outside the dentist office of Dr. James Walmsley early Friday morning, anxious to take advantage of one of three options: cleanings, fillings or extractions.

    “This is a very good thing they are doing here. Very good,” said patient Helen Greshen, who was waiting outside.

    Tents had been set up to shade patients while they waited to be brought into the waiting room and eventually seen.

  • Police: Man said he’d blow up church

    A man with Nazi symbols tattooed on his chest reportedly threatened to blow up the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harriman on July 15. According to the warrant, James Lombardo also held his arm up in a Hitler salute during the incident.

    “Lombardo’s actions disrupted the church service and caused alarm and fear,” the warrant said.

  • News racks up 12 state press awards

    From staff reports

    The Roane County News received 12 awards at the University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association 2017 Newspaper Contest last week.

    “Once again the Roane County News has proven itself to be one of the best newspapers in the state,” said Publisher and General Manager Kevin Kile.

  • Holding athletes accountable for their actions

    If you keep up with SEC football, surely you’re aware of the name Hugh Freeze and his inglorious fall from grace.

    To catch up those who don’t know about Hugh Freeze, the embattled ex-head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels and a self-professing “man of God.” He was facing numerous sanctions from a pending NCAA investigation and was forced to resign after it was revealed that Freeze called an escort service on a university-issued phone.

  • Beating the heat to win in fall

    Fall is coming and with the changing of the weather.

    The funny thing about football is that before a team takes the field, there is a very big opponent that has to be beaten.

    Heat.

    I know it sounds cliche to say “beat the heat,” but it’s true. A football team on any level has to beat the heat.

    Ironic that it happens to be a sport set during the cooler and colder months of the year. It’s a big reason why so many big-time collegiate programs and NFL teams play inside.