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Today's News

  • County's financial adviser accused of fraud

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A company that Roane County officials go to for financial advice has been accused of fraud by the  Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The complaint was filed against Morgan Keegan & Co. in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on July 21, 2009.

    According to the SEC, thousands of investors were hoodwinked by Morgan Keegan about the liquidity risks associated with auction rate securities.  

  • Devils down Tigers, 61-46

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    It's hard to beat a good team three times in one season, but the Harriman Blue Devils were up to the task Friday night as Jeff King's squad ended Rockwood's season with a 61-46 victory in the opening round of the District 3-A Tournament at Harriman.

    Friday's victory keeps Harriman's season alive as the Blue Devils advance to Monday's semifinals and a match-up with regular season District 3-A champion Grace Christian Academy. Harriman, however, split with the Rams during the regular season.

  • Rockwood rounds up suspects on drug charges

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood police spent the better part of the weekend rounding up and arresting almost 50 people suspected of selling and distributing drugs.

    The arrests are the culmination of a six-month undercover operation in which Josh Rymer, drug investigator for the Rockwood Police Department, worked with a confidential informant, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

    A Roane County grand jury returned true bills in the cases late last week.

  • Hit-and-run driver surrenders to police

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Kingston man indicted on a vehicular homicide charge in the January death of a Harriman woman is free on bond.

    Charles Wayne Crass, 56, of 301 Orchard View Road, was released at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    “He turned himself in last night,”  Heidle said Friday morning.

    Crass is accused of striking 33-year-old Elishea Gilreath with his vehicle on Harriman’s Emory Road.

  • Adams, Morgan headed to state tournament

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Kingston Yellow Jacket wrestling team will again be represented at the TSSAA Division I State Tournament as senior Kody Morgan and junior Tyler Adams put together strong performances this past weekend at the Region 3 Tournament at Alcoa.

    Adams had the strongest showing as he made it all the way to the finals in the 140-pound weight class before dropping a 5-0 decision at the hands of Bradley Central's Bradley Colbaugh.

  • Lady 'Cats headed to title game

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    After struggling through the regular season, many believed the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats would have trouble getting past the District 4-A Tournament play-in game, much less advance to the title game, but the Lady 'Cats are proving their doubters wrong.

  • Cleanup may lead to prosperity in Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    For the first time in decades, workers are on site at the old Roane Alloys property in the Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood.

    This time around, however, workers are in the midst of undoing damage the former industry inflicted on the land and an adjoining body of water.

    But officials are confident that the cleaned-up property can again be used to generate jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

    “It will be an attractive site for business and industry,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts.

  • Star shining brightly for Stan

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood’s “star on the mountain” is shining brightly over the city in hopes of a miracle.

    Rockwood Electric Utility turned on the gigantic lighted star atop Mount Roosevelt on Wednesday to remind the public to keep ailing Rockwood City Councilman Stan Wassom in their thoughts and prayers, said Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.

  • Fostering kindness: Payback time sweet on farm

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    After fostering about 200 children over 40 years, Flo Charles admits there have been times she wondered if it was worth it.

    Those doubts may have been a little more frequent after her beloved husband, Clarence, died suddenly early last year.

    She still had four foster children at home, a pretty 137-acre farm to care for, hayfields to mow, cattle to feed and a house that had sustained the kind of abuse that only a small army of children can dish out.

  • Harriman's sweet tooth gets expanded options

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Pattycake Pastries is flourishing — so much so that the owner is adding a doughnut shop.

    The shop will include a variety of pastries and specialty flavored coffees.

    “Pattycake Pastries is expanding for the demand of the community with a doughnuts shop,” said owner Mike Borman.

    The shop will hold a grand opening on Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.

    If it is anything like the Pattycake grand opening last November, expect lines at the door.