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Today's News

  • Tigers down Hampton, 28-14

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Rockwood football is all about running the ball and that's just what the Tigers did Friday night as John Webb's squad piled up 338 yards rushing in rolling to a 28-14 victory over Hampton in the quarterfinal round of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs.

    "It's a great feeling to still be playing right now," Tiger head coach John Webb said following Friday's victory. "These guys are amazing; they simply refuse to lose and they're playing their best football of the season right now."

  • Judge rejects Hyatte's attempt to withdraw guilty plea

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    George Hyatte’s attempt to withdraw the guilty plea that assures him a life sentence without the possibility of parole was unsuccessful.

    Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey said Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied Hyatte’s motion to withdraw during a hearing Monday morning in Meigs County.

    Harvey said Eblen did grant Hyatte’s motion to appeal his conviction.

  • Rockwood takes another look at utility manager complaints

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas general manager Rod King received a vote of confidence on Nov. 10 when the board governing the utilities decided against reprimanding him for complaints leveled by a Rockwood couple last month.

    Those complaints and other allegations dominated discussions during the board’s regular meeting Monday. Jim and Rose Hines took up board member James Nuckols on his offer to address a taped one-sided conversation King said was between him and Jim Hines and initiated the matter.

  • Harriman redevelopment area comes with caveat

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Several blocks of downtown Harriman will be the focal point of a redevelopment effort that may not make everyone happy.

    The Harriman Economic Development Board has recommended the city focus on blocks primarily between Morgan Avenue and Crescent Street along Roane Street.

    Also included is a block bordered by Walden Street, Clinton Avenue and Morgan Avenue.

    The city will be working with the Harriman Housing Authority to put measures in place to begin improving the city’s image.

  • Rockwood revisits bonus issue

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood city employees are each in line to receive their traditional $125 Christmas bonus.

    Some city officials, however, think the gift should be increased — and they were willing to put that to a vote on Monday.

    “It’s a hard time right now, and it’s a hard time for the council, too,” Rockwood City Council member Bill Thompson said. “I think we can scratch it up.”

  • Property assessor reissues warning

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A deep recession, slumping housing market and an environmental disaster of national proportions.

    In spite of those factors, Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said home values have increased in the area surrounding TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.    

  • Tigers, Devils hit the road

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The quarterfinal round of the playoffs is here and the good news for Roane County football fans is that both the Harriman Blue Devils and Rockwood Tigers are still alive.

    The bad news is that anyone wanting to see the Blue Devils or Tigers play will have to make a road trip as Harriman will be playing at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville while Rockwood will make an even longer trip when they head to upper East Tennessee to take on Hampton.

    Harriman (7-4) at

    Grace Christian (10-1)

  • Teflon attorney shakes off scuffle charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Call it a string of good luck, or call it being on the right side of the law.

    Whatever it is, attorney Chris Cawood continues to notch legal victories against people who bring charges against him.

    The latest Teflon display came Wednesday during a bench trial for resisting arrest. Special Judge Larry Warner found Cawood not guilty.

    “He listened to the evidence and there just wasn’t anything there to substantiate the charge,” Cawood said.

  • Schrock signs with Tennessee Tech

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Kingston senior Sam Schrock began playing golf when he was seven years old as a way to hang out with his father, Todd. He didn't know it at the time, but that time with his father was time well spent as all those hours on the tees, fairways and greens have turned into a college education. Schrock signed scholarship papers last week with Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

  • Time may be running out on ash spill lawsuits

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Instead of being made “whole” by negotiating a settlement with TVA, some people who felt damaged by the agency because of the fly ash catastrophe chose to seek their reparations through litigation.

    Those who didn’t could be running out of time. The one-year anniversary of the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster is fast approaching.

    “If you have any kind of injury, you’d probably want to file your suit before the year is up,” Harriman attorney Bill Newcomb said.