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Today's News

  • Lady 'Cats bomb Jellico

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    One week after splitting a pair of District 4-A games with preseason district favorite Coalfield, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats continued their strong early season district play by knocking off Jellico on Monday and Tuesday.

    On Monday, the Lady 'Cats made the trip to the Kentucky border and handed the Lady Blue Devils a 9-3 setback. On Tuesday, the Lady Devils made the long drive to Arrowhead Park, but the trip wasn't a good one as Oliver Springs picked up an 11-1 victory in five innings.

    Monday's Game

  • Election not stirring registration race

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    An upcoming election to decide who will serve on the county commission and who will sit in the county executive’s office for the next four years isn’t exactly been a boon for voter registration.

    “I haven’t seen any increase,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “That could change as we get closer to Election Day.” 

    Election Day is Aug. 5. Some of the other offices up for grabs include circuit court clerk and sheriff.

  • No action on dress-code policy -- yet

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    School officials are apparently considering changes to Roane County Board of Education’s dress-code policy.  

    “Principals, administrators are looking at this particular policy,” Board Member Wade McCullough said. “The code of conduct committee is looking at it to see if there’s any upgrades needed in this policy that is in place today.”

  • Authorities: Traffic stop of suspected illegal immigrants part of human-smuggling operation

    From staff reports

    Authorities are saying the Wednesday morning traffic stop of a van carrying a group of suspected illegal immigrants was part of a human-smuggling operation that originated in Houston.

    The van was stopped near the 362 exit of Interstate 40 in East Roane County. According to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the suspects were headed to New York.

  • Schools struggle to put together viable budget

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Putting together a budget for the 2010-11 school year could be challenging for school officials.

    As it stands, the general purpose school fund is out of balance by $1.3 million, school system business manager Eric Harbin said.

    “This is based on the best data that we have currently,” he said.

    Roane County’s share of the federal government’s Race to the Top money recently awarded to Tennessee is around $1.6 million.

  • Midway tops OS, 15-4

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    As the weather warmed late last week so did the bats of the Midway Green Waves. Midway broke a two-game losing streak with a 15-4 win over cross county rival Oliver Springs Thursday afternoon.

    After the win over Oliver Springs, Midway now stands at 3-2 overall while the Bobcats fall to 5-4 with the loss.

    It was an almost an all lefty pitching day for both teams Thursday. Oliver Springs used three pitchers, but only the last one would have some success against the Midway bats.

  • Lady Tigers blank Grace
  • Back taxes pile up: Almost $1 million in arrears

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Clerk and Master Shannon Conley received the 2008 delinquent tax list last week.

    She was shocked at what she saw.

    Conley said taxes are owed on 2,018 pieces of property.

    That amounted to $915,624.04 that should have gone into county coffers but didn’t.

    Roane County Delinquent Tax Attorney Richard Evans is now suing the property owners to collect the money.  

  • Road situation on development gets more complicated

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    In November 2008, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said he was confident the county would collect on a bond to ensure roads in Docks at Caney Creek subdivision are built to county specifications.

    McFarland said recently he’s still confident the county will collect, but it could take a protracted legal fight to do so.

  • School dress code plan has detractors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some people have complained that Cherokee Middle School’s proposed dress code would create an economic hardship.

    “‘Why am I having to pay extra money to get clothing for a public education?’ they tell me,” Roane County Board of Education Member Hugh Johnson said.

    Students who have a hard time financially could purchase low-cost “gently used items” from a school store that Cherokee would open twice a year.