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Today's News

  • Fired up by facilities tour
  • ACT scores fall short of lotto benchmark by more than half

    A composite score of 21 on the ACT is one of the requirements for qualifying for the HOPE Scholarship.

    Less than half of students attending Roane County Schools achieved that score during the 2015-16 school year, according to the State Report Card.

    The data released last month showed the percentage of students who scored at least a 21 on the ACT was 41.2 percent.

  • Margrave Bridge work underway

    From staff reports

    The replacement of Harriman’s Margrave Bridge is expected to be completed by Oct. 23.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation construction bid was awarded to Jones Bros. Inc. Work on the project began on Sept. 22, 2016.

    “Currently the contractor has cleared the site; installed new storm drain piping and drain structures; and is performing grading operations on Margrave and Queen streets,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. “Also, construction of bridge foundation structures is beginning.”

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  • Five injured in Rockwood wreck

    Five people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash early last Thursday.

    The wreck, called in at 4:23 a.m., was at the former Exxon gas station on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    “It was a single vehicle vs. a sign pole,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

    The injured were driver Charles Haga, 30, of Rockwood; passenger Shannon Sherrill, 23, of Westel; and three children younger than 3.

  • Changes afoot at Riverfront Park

    David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman will soon look much different.

    New playground equipment in cheerful blue, red and warm granite has been ordered to replace much of the existing equipment at the playground named after Tyler Wayne Davis.

    The new equipment will include a new jungle gym to replace an existing one.

    “The new piece that goes here will be a little shorter. It is designed for a younger age set,” explained City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Drought help available to Roane farmers

    Roane and Loudon counties have been approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from the 2016 drought.

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency is accepting applications through Feb. 1, said FSA Executive Director, Sandi Childs.

    Approved ECP practices under this authorization include emergency water solutions for livestock due to the 2016 drought.

    FSA administers the Program to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to predisaster conditions.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: From fixing roads to fixing you

    As my Leadership Roane County Class moves into 2017 I’m amazed at how fast the time has passed. When I started this class in July it seemed like I had a long way to go. With the completion of January’s class we only have about three more classes before we graduate in April.

    The Local Government class last week gave us a close look at local municipal offices and departments that provide the services we depend upon and the officials who lead those offices.

  • Blue Devils’ winning streak continues

    The Rockwood basketball teams made the short drive north to Harriman Saturday night for a District 3A make-up game Saturday afternoon, with the Blue Devils defeating the Tigers 75-34 to extend their winning streak to 18 games, while the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Devils 44-27 for their fourth win in the last five games.
    Harriman 75, Rockwood 34: “The kids played well. Our press helped us get some baskets,” said Harriman Coach Shay Shannon.

  • Blue Devils calm Green Waves for 17th win

    The Harriman basketball teams traveled south of the river to face District 3A foe Midway Friday night, as the Blue Devils defeated the Green Wave 78-36 to extend their winning streak to 17 games, while the Lady Waves defeated the Lady Devils 45-33 for the second time this season.
    Harriman 78, Midway 46: The Blue Devils placed five players in double figures in route to their victory. Isaiah McClain, Jaylen McCullum, John Johnson, Joe Pace and Hayden Bingham tallied 22, 15, 15, 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Harriman.
    Gabe Moore led the Green Wave with 11 points.