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Today's News

  • Crimefighting cuts ahead

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    State budget woes could affect crimefighting in Roane County.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which local law enforcement agencies depend on for forensic services, is facing cuts that could leave  dozens of agents out of work.    

    “TBI is now facing sending home 58 field and forensic agents in order to reach the $4 million in cuts,” TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said in an e-mail.

  • Schools sue Oliver Springs over water bill

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    School officials believe Oliver Springs High School’s water bill was too high.

    The town’s water department agrees. In fact,  they admitted the overcharges in water and sewer services in an answer filed by their attorney to a lawsuit brought on by the Roane County school system.

    According to the answer, however, fault does not totally lie with the water department.

  • Chlorine gas leak closes Poland Hollow Road

    By DAVID DOONAN

    ddoonan@roanecounty.com

    A chlorine gas leak at a Midtown residence sent one man to the hospital and lead to the evacuation of homes on Poland Hollow Road.

    According to Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, a chlorine gas leak at the Harriman home of Marjorie Dodd, 446 Poland Hollow Road, forced the evacuation of

    residents. Dodd has been in the news in the past months over charges she had been running a puppy mill.

  • Police vehicles take beating in crashes

    From staff reports

    This week has been rough for local authorities.

    A routine sheriff’s office prisoner transfer turned into a two-vehicle accident, and in another accident, a Rockwood officer drove into a utility pole.

    A Roane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car driven by Deputy Dustin Hensley was transporting two prisoners from Rockwood to the Roane County Jail on Hwy. 27 in front of Walmart Sunday morning.

  • Devils wrap up 3-A title

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Blue Devils became the 2010 District 3-A regular season champs Thursday following an 11-10 win over Midway.

    After an opening district loss to Greenback, the Blue Devils beat the Cherokees then swept through Rockwood, Tellico Plains and Midway to finish 7-1 in the district to again win the regular season title.

    Midway still has one more district game left to play with Rockwood this Monday at Midway before they will learn their seeding for the tourney that begins on May 7 in Rockwood.

  • Part 2: Property assessor Q&A

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County has one of the highest property tax rates ($2.72) in the area. Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said the Roane County Commission will be required by law to decrease the tax rate this year because of the reappraisal. However, that does not mean everyone in the county will be paying less taxes. Kirkham explains how that’s the case in Part 2 of a question and answer session with the Roane County News.   

    How will some people end up paying more if the tax rate is decreased?

  • Roane County's Manson link seeks release

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    If high school yearbook quotes are supposed to tell something about a person, Bruce Davis’ was quite fitting.

    “An angry young man,” reads the quote accompanying his senior picture.

    That would prove true for Davis later in life.

    The 1961 graduate of Roane County High School was a member of the murderous Charles Manson Family. The cult went on a violent killing spree in California in 1969. Their victims included actress Sharon Tate.

  • Roane State Expo Center safe, for now

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    It was on the chopping block, but the Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State Community College is now safe from budget cuts.

    While the college faced substantial cuts, officials were able to make some smart changes.

    “Even with all the budget cuts, I want to make sure we still offer a quality education,”  Roane State President Gary Goff said.

    The college had funding cuts of $1.33 million.

  • Emory happy for warmer weather

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    As the weather outside has warmed up, more and more people are making their way to play a round of golf and those making the trip to Emory Golf Club in Harriman are noticing some subtle changes that are making for a nicer experience on the links.

    "Our main focus has been the greens, but overall we're trying to improve everything," course manager David Moore said. "We want to make this a family friendly place where people can come and enjoy playing."

  • Lady Tigers stop Midway

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    For the first time in five years, the Midway Lady Green Waves felt the sting of a District 3-A defeat when the Rockwood Lady Tigers got a tough 3-0 win Wednesday at Midway.

    Rockwood did beat Midway once four years ago in the district tourney at Greenback, but no one had knocked off the Lady Waves in a regular season district contest since five years ago when CAK accomplished the feat.