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Today's News

  • Jets hand Tigers first loss, 8-2

    Twenty-four hours after opening their season with a 15-5 victory over Oliver Springs, Jake Witter’s Rockwood Tigers suffered their first setback of the 2011 campaign when the Tigers dropped an 8-2 decision at Cumberland County.

  • Lady 'Cats knock off Sweetwater, 2-0

    Things didn’t go so well Monday when the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats opened the 2011 season with a loss at Sweetwater.

  • Commissioners growl over Hurley's Tiger Haven bill inaction

    Roane County Commissioners passed a motion Monday night that requests Republican state Rep. Julia Hurley to appear before them to explain why she didn’t file a bill on their behalf.

    The commission voted 15-0 in January to request that the Tennessee General Assembly adopt a law to require tracking devices for animals housed at Tiger Haven.

    State Sen. Ken Yager sponsored the bill in the Senate. Hurley did not sponsor it in the House.

  • Adult business regulations adopted

    If someone wants to open an adult business in Roane County, they now have some regulations to follow. The Roane County Commission amended its zoning Monday night to put the rules in place.  

    The county defines an adult-oriented business as one in which at least 30 percent of the floor stock merchandise is oriented toward the adult population and appeals to prurient interests. Such merchandise, the rules state, generally depicts male or female genitalia, breasts and sexual acts.

  • Woman to stand trial in car wreck

    A case against a woman charged with vehicular homicide can proceed, according to the District Attorney General’s Office.

    Nicole Lynne Lawson, 39, of Rockwood, is charged in the May 2009 fatal wreck on Hwy. 70 that left Gary Pugh of Crossville dead.

    The accident happened near Glenn Hill Road.

    The defense wanted to inspect the 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that Lawson was allegedly driving at the time of the accident.

  • Man accused of murder arrested in Roane County

    A McMinn County murder suspect was arrested in Roane County last week.

    Curtis Jordan III is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father.

    Curtis Jordan II, 42, was found shot to death at his home in Riceville on Jan. 10, 2010.

    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,  Curtis Jordan III was arrested without incident at a Roane County residence on March 9.

    Jordan, 18, was a juvenile at the time of the alleged murder.

  • Sunshine law changes could lead to darkness

    Good morning, Sunshine.
    It may not be on your calendar, but this week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profit, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.
    The national effort for Sunshine Week is spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors.

  • Impressions: Which legislator won’t answer the call?

    Perhaps, our friends in the state legislature are a little busy about right now.
    I’ll grant them that courtesy. After all, their efforts on our behalf in Nashville are critical.
    Still, I have to wonder why a recent call I made as a representative of the newspaper industry to Sen. Ken Yager’s office has gone unanswered.
    I clearly spelled out my name to the friendly staffer, clearly gave my callback number, and clearly explained that I was calling concerning a specific subject — Senate Bill 115.

  • Channel 15 now available online

    Viewers can now watch the new Channel 15 television station online at www.roanestate.edu/channel15.
    The government and education channel, created by Roane State Community College and the city of Harriman, has been on the air since December 2010.
    Programming includes local announcements, public service videos, weather and a number of other programs.
    Comcast cable customers in all of Roane County and parts of Morgan County could view Channel 15.
    With the online service, viewers anywhere in the area, and around the world, can tune in.

  • Harriman changes election schedule

    Harriman City Council approved changing the election date to August of even years to coincide with county elections.
    “If we pass something this summer it won’t take effect on anybody until the 2014 election,” Mayor Chris Mason said.
    That would mean any elected official with a term up in 2013 would have an extended term for 14 months.
    The primary reason to want to change the dates would be the thousands in savings on election costs by doing it the same time as other elections.