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Today's News

  • ‘Legends salute’ to take place of Pearl fundraiser

    This weekend’s fundraising event for the historic Roane County Courthouse will go on — without Bruce Pearl.

    “He has canceled because of his obligations with the Auburn transition,” said Stephanie Wright, a member of the Roane County Heritage Commission.
    Pearl, the former University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach, was selected as head coach of the Auburn University Tigers in March.

  • Deal to expand Kingston park falls through

    Kingston City Council members received updates on some key city grant applications at April council sessions.

    And though the news wasn’t all good, the bottom line was that the city is still in hurry-up-and-wait mode.

    The bad news, said City Manger David Bolling, is the city’s plan to purchase a plot of land adjacent to the newly acquired Gertrude Porter Park fell through when officials couldn’t reach a mutually agreeable deal with a neighboring property owner.

  • Keep it simple, take the prize

     

    Robotics projects took center stage at Midway Middle School last week, when engineers in the making showed off their skills in an after-school competition.

    Three teams of students put their robotics know-how to the test by designing parts on finished remote-control projects.

    The projects were made to simulate transportation of hazardous waste.

    The winning vehicle was also the simplest and cheapest. It pushed a faux toxic barrel — a medicine-bottle-sized object.

  • State suspends Butler from practicing law

    After weeks of waiting, Harriman attorney Donice Butler finally received a verdict in her disciplinary case on Friday. 

    It wasn’t the decision she wanted. 

    “Based upon these findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Hearing Panel finds that the respondent (Butler) shall be suspended from the practice of law for a period of nine months,” the panel ruled. 

    Butler said she plans to appeal the decision. 

  • Farmer OK’d three raises in final days

    Former Roane County executive Mike Farmer allowed raises to be granted for three employees less than a week before he had to leave office in 2010.

    Heather Stooksbury, who worked in purchasing, received a $3,200 raise.

    Jacque Coleman, who also worked in purchasing, received a $1,000 raise.

    “I have met with the county executive and he has authorized me to make the following adjustments in the purchasing budget with an effective date of Aug. 22, 2010,” purchasing agent Lynn Farnham said in an email to payroll clerk Linda Stooksbury.

  • Mitchell caps hot week with no-hitter

     

    Twenty-four hours after swatting a pair of home runs in a 10-4 victory over Fulton, Kingston’s Cody Mitchell pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts at Stone Memorial.

    Mitchell was on top of his game throughout the contest and ran into trouble only once on the evening.

  • Randolph tosses no-hitter in sweep

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Bears of Tellico Plains traveled Thursday to face the Harriman Blue Devils at Papermaker Field in a District 3-A doubleheader. 

  • Bobcats drop doubleheader at Wartburg

     

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats suffered a pair of District 4-A losses at the hands of Wartburg Thursday evening.

    The Bulldogs cruised to an easy 11-0 victory in the first game of the day. The second game was taken by the Bulldogs, 4-1.

  • Late run leads Lady Waves past Harriman, 2-1

     

    It was another close District 3-A softball game Thursday at Midway as the Lady Waves would come up with a late run to knock off Harriman, 2-1.

    Midway remains tied with Meigs County for first in district following the victory. Both are 6-1 in district play.

  • Kingston’s Butler signs with Urbana

     

    Roane County High School senior Katherine Butler does just about everything well on the softball diamond. She hits for power and average, she has good speed, and on defense, she covers a lot of ground and has a great arm.