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Today's News

  • County ad hoc board to look into lake weeds

    The Roane County Commission and the County Environmental Review Board are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work addressing the issue of invasive aquatic weeds.

    The action follows a Feb. 6 informational workshop for Commission and the public. The workshop attracted several hundred property owners, fishermen and others interested in how the county will deal with the weeds.

    Commission Chairman Ron Berry said Monday that he will be putting together an ad hoc weed study committee later this month.

  • Poo for the POOL

    All eyes were on Clyde the Donkey at Roane State’s Henry Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center Tuesday evening, as Roane Aquatics hosted a “donkey drop” to raise funds that will go toward enclosing the swimming pool at Rockwood Community Center.

    “We’re trying to raise $100,000,” said Cassandra Dothard, the club’s president.

  • Convicted sex offender sentenced to 18 years

    A convicted sex offender is going to prison after pleading guilty to more sex crimes earlier this week.

    Christopher John Clark, 52, was indicted in 2014 on three counts of child rape.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    Clark was sentenced to nine years on each count. The sentences will run consecutively for a total sentence of 18 years.

    The third count was dismissed as part of his plea deal, which also prohibits him from contacting the victim.

  • Doctor hires attorney to fight DUI

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote has hired Kingston attorney Pat Cooley to defend him against a DUI charge.

    Cooley declined to comment on the case when approached about it at the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday morning. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 20.

    Foote is charged with DUI, registration violation, proof of insurance and failure to yield. He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last October.

  • Chillin’ out with Chili
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Our village idiots are all right here at home

    In all likelihood, most of our readers are too young to remember a popular insult that made the rounds some years ago when someone had made a particularly stupid remark, or committed a particularly stupid act.

    It went something like this: “Some where in America, a village has lost its idiot. I think I’ve just found him.”

  • HARRIMAN ADVANCES

    The Harriman Blue Devils placed four players in double figures to defeat the Coalfield Yellow Jackets 76-72 to advance into the semifinals of the Region 2A basketball tournament Tuesday night against Meigs County.
    Harriman is seeking its first berth in the sections since 2011 when they lost at Hampton 86-64 after losing to Jellico in the region championship game 70-68.
    Isaiah McClain led the Blue Devils with 27 points, followed by Joe Pace (21), Hayden Bingham (10) and Josh Davis (13).

  • Fulton ends Kingston’s season

    The Kingston Lady Jackets magical run into the postseason ended Monday night with a 55-47 loss to the Fulton Falcons in the Region 2AA semifinals at Austin-East  High School.
    Janae Fugua and Keke McKinney tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Falcons. McKinney had 11 rebounds with six steals.
    Gianna Manfredi led Kingston with 13 points, two rebounds and two assists, while Hannah added a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) with two assists and one steal.

  • Utility worker racks up DUI in HUB truck

    A Harriman Utility Board employee has been charged with driving under the influence after rear-ending a vehicle and fleeing the scene in one of the utility’s trucks on Saturday.

    Kim Trent Harmon, 61, 150 Turner Drive, was also charged with leaving the scene (property damage only) and following too closely. He was booked into the Roane County Jail that evening.

    “HUB has had no knowledge of any irregularities while Mr. Harmon has been on duty,” HUB Manager Bill Young said. “He was suspended without pay until further notice.”

  • Student teacher charged with contacting minor

    A man who worked as a student teacher at Oliver Springs High School is accused of making inappropriate online contact with a student.

    Travis Lee Tucker, 32, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on two counts of solicitation of a minor.

    According to a report filed in the case, Oliver Springs High School Principal Justin Nivens notified authorities about the allegations last year.