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Today's News

  • Harriman eyes lot for fire training

    Harriman Fire Department has found a new use for a city owned piece of property that could benefit all of Roane County.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels proposes using the former Coleman Log Company property for a fire tower and burn room for training purposes.

    It’s on lower Margrave Drive, past the Harriman Public Works.

    “This has been a goal of mine and the men of the department. We need a place where we can sharpen our skills on a daily basis so we can give the best service to our citizens,” said Daniels.

  • Former RPD officer charged with domestic

    A former police officer is facing a domestic assault charge. David Blake Norman, 32, was booked into the Roane County Jail on April 17 around 11 p.m.

    The alleged victim is his wife.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn spoke with Danielle Norman about the alleged assault earlier that day.

    “Danielle stated that Blake struck her in the side of the face on the right side, causing her nose to bleed,” Hawn wrote in an incident report.

    The report also said Hawn noticed blood and bruising on Danielle’s face.

  • Big dreamer in a small town

    Almost every day, rain or shine, an orange clad youth can be seen in makeshift practice, devoutly honing his football skills.

    Decked out in UT clothes, pads and a helmet, 18-year-old Colton Ruehle goes to the Walnut Hill boat ramp near his home and practices, spiraling a football and attacking his makeshift practice dummy, a desk chair, with as much ferocity as he can muster.

    “He’s out here every day. Rain. Snow. It don’t matter,” said mom Vicky Brown.

  • Roane County positive despite audit findings

    Roane County’s most recent state audit noted some findings in the Office of Director of Accounts and Budgets.

    “The office had deficiencies in budget operations,” the audit said.

    The audit occurs annually and is conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. It was released last month.

    One of the deficiencies listed said total expenditures in the General Debt Service Fund exceeded total appropriations by the County Commission by $11,564.

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  • Watkins gets performance bonus of 15k

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins received a $15,000 performance bonus in 2016-17, her first year on the job.

    The bonus is the maximum amount allowable under the contract she signed with the Roane County Board of Education. The contract was set to expire on June 30, 2020, but the board extended it last year to June 30, 2021.

    The $15,000 bonus was in addition to the $120,000 salary Watkins received in 2016-17. Her salary for 2017-18 is $125,000.

    The bonus amount is based on the school board’s evaluation of the director.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers

    SENIOR BOWLERS
    April 20
    1st High Game------Ken Altes, Rick Matthews----480
    2nd High Game-------Ken Altes, Rick Matthews-----460
    3rd High Game ---, Ken Altes, Rick Matthews----488
    High Scores today-------- Rick Matthews, 233, 238, 237, games 708 series
    High Series today---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398
    High Series For April---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398
    High Averages---------Sylvia Whitehouse 163, Rick Alderfer—188

  • Orange and White impressions

    It was gameday again on the Hill. As a sea of orange shirts cascaded down Peyton Manning Pass, I was reminded once again of just how special Neyland Stadium is, especially in beautiful weather.

    65,098 Vol faithful packed the lower bowl to watch Team 122 in the annual Orange & White Game. The attendence number is probably exaggerated, however it is still among the Top 5 for spring game attendance this year.

  • Kingston dominates against Meigs County

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets faced Meigs in Tennis this past Thursday, winning both the girls and the boys matches 5-4 and 6-3 respectively.

  • Lady Tigers fast in win

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers softball team traveled to Oakdale on Thursday, and then played host to the Lady Eagles on Friday on the softball diamond, and both results turned out to be favorable for the Lady Tigers in both contests.

    The Tigers were able to cruise to the victory on Thursday as they picked up the 24-1 victory over Oakdale.

    Kara Garrett pitched in the game on Thursday for Rockwood and went the distance in the contest only giving up 3 hits.