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Today's News

  • Cherokee Middle wants own dress code

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Administrators at Cherokee Middle School want to implement a new dress code policy.

    Roane County Board of Education Member Kim Nelson said she thinks the policy goes too far.  

    “This new dress code is a complete overhaul of what this board has previously enacted,” Nelson said.

    At last week’s board meeting Nelson made a motion that the board’s policy committee take up the issue before any new policy is enacted at Cherokee.

  • Paving ends past official's driveway

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ron Berry was appointed to the Roane County Commission on Sept. 14.

    Sometime after that, the county highway department put a fresh coat of pavement on his section of Emerald Cove Lane near Rockwood.

    A perk of office or just a coincidence? Officials contend it was the latter but have failed to provide paperwork to document their claim.

    “I came home one day, and it had been paved,” Berry said.

    Determining when that day was has proved complicated.

  • Man's body found after house fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A coughing man called 911 dispatchers early Wednesday to report his smoke alarms were going off and smoke was filling the house. The dispatcher instructed the caller to hang up and get everyone out, officials said, but he may have tried to save the house instead.

    After firefighters responded to the call at  171 Ash Cabin Hollow Road, a man was found dead inside.

    Roane County Sheriff Office Jack Stockton said the victim was John Wayne Trew Jr.

  • VA clinic lands in Rockwood

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Veterans in Roane and surrounding counties will soon be able to seek medical treatment in Rockwood.

    A bidder for the operation of Roane County’s U.S. Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic has been selected, and the location will be in the Chamberlain Professional Building on South Chamberlain Avenue, said Rockwood Mayor James Watts.

  • Net Jackets net wins

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets tennis teams have opened the 2010 season with a bang as both rolled to victories over Stone Memorial and Harriman.

    The Lady Jackets had a bit of trouble with Stome Memorial, but still picked up a 6-3 victory. Kingston's boys had an easier time as they won the match 7-2.

    Against Harriman, neither the Jackets or Lady Jackets struggled as they rolled to 9-0 victories.

    Kingston vs. Stone Memorial

  • Car plows through daycare

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Henry Center teacher’s quick actions likely saved a napping girl when a vehicle drove into the day-care facility Monday afternoon.

    Tammy Newberry moved the child only moments before the vehicle came through, according to Michael Dunn President and CEO Mike McElhinney.

    “The teacher heard a noise and grabbed the child and pulled her away,” McElhinney said. “A second later, the car came crashing through the wall.”

  • Harriman falls at state, 49-44

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman's first trip to the TSSAA State Tournament in 15 years ended in disappointment Wednesday afternoon as the Blue Devils dropped a 49-44 decision to Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS).

    Two things cost the Blue Devils (21-11) dearly in the loss. First was the final 3:10 of the first half in which the Patriots (28-7) closed the first half on a 14-0 run to take a 30-17 lead into intermission. The second was free throw shooting as Harriman made just eight of 20 freebies on the day. 

  • Leon Houston likely to be released following outburst

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

     

    Authorities removed Leon Houston from a courtroom after a commotion during a hearing for his younger brother, Rocky Houston, on Friday afternoon.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton confirmed that Leon would be charged with contempt of court for the disturbance, which erupted when Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood was ruling on Rocky's motion to have him recused.

     

  • Missing woman not forgotten

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Cheryl Payne may be gone, but she’s not forgotten.

    Family and friends commemorated her birthday with a roadside observance on Thursday.   

    “She would have been [39] years old today,” said Payne’s sister, Tammy Braden. “We haven’t ever got out and really done anything like that. Every year something has happened, or I was just too emotional and couldn’t do it.

  • Alcohol opponents emerge in Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Liquor sales in Rockwood were approved in 2008 with little outcry, and loosened church and school boundary restrictions were passed late last year with no public opposition.

    That resistance was apparently building, however, and it came to a head Monday when about 70 people affiliated with various churches crowded into city hall to face Rockwood City Council.