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Today's News

  • County borrows millions

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commission has given its stamp of approval for the county to borrow several million dollars for a number of capital projects and the refinancing of outstanding debt.

    All together, the county’s loans will be around $8.8 million. Morgan Keegan representative Scott P. Gibson said that money includes about $3.4 million in new debt and refinancing about $5.4 million in old debt, including a number of capital outlay notes.

    Commissioners were not unanimous in their votes for the loans.

  • Chemistry a key for Bobcats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    There's no I in team, but there is in chemistry and that's one thing Oliver Springs seniors Rue Eskridge, Tyler Harper, Wesley Rather, Lucas Tarver and Justin Taylor have a lot of.

    As Oliver Springs prepares for next week's TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro, Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram will rely on that chemistry and talent as the Bobcats look to bring home a state championship.

  • Perseverance pays off for Blue Devils

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman head coach Jeff King knew his Blue Devils had a lot of potential at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. He also knew his team was young and would struggle at times learning how to compete at a championship level. He knew if his team would survive they would have to persevere.

  • Wassom sworn in with late-husband's Bible

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Judy Wassom made a vow to the people of Rockwood immediately after taking her oath of office Monday as a new member of Rockwood City Council.

    “I’ve got to quit running stop signs,” she quipped as laughter ensued. “I’m going to work on that.”

    That was one of the lighter moments in what was perhaps one of the more poignant openings of a Rockwood council meeting, the first since the untimely death of Wassom’s husband and council predecessor, Stan Wassom.

  • Turnovers cost Bobcats in 50-44 loss

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats have overcome a lot of obstacles on their way to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament, but they couldn't overcome 21 turnovers Wednesday in a 50-44 loss at the hands of Grace Baptist Academy of Chattanooga.

    "I'm proud of them," Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram said of his team following the game. "I thought we played hard today, but we didn't take care of the ball very well today. We had 11 more turnovers than them (Grace) and that's too many possessions to give away."

  • 'Boro bound Bobcats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats had been knocking on the door of greatness since joining Class A five years ago. Monday night at Hampton, the Bobcats knocked the door down with a 49-43 victory that earns the Bobcats their first TSSAA State Tournament appearance since 1999.

    Staring with the 2005-06 season, the Bobcats had won the District 4-A regular season or tournament title in each of the past four seasons, but they couldn't duplicate that success after district play.

  • Burned body part of "elaborate suicide,' officials say

    STAFF REPORTS

    A call to a brush fire took a strange turn early this week.

    A man’s body was found burning in the fire in a wooded area behind his home on Monday evening.

    His wife is the one who called in the fire, authorities said.

    “We’re calling it some sort of elaborate suicide,” said Kristin Helms, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Helms said the man has been identified as Victor Gordon of 151 Scenic View Drive, Roane County.

  • Harriman clerk thwarts would-be thief

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A feisty clerk thwarted a man from robbing a check-cashing business in South Harriman Friday afternoon.

    According to the 911 dispatch call sheet, 57-year-old Debra Easter, a clerk at Early Check Cash at 1205 S. Roane St., told dispatchers the suspect tried to kill her.

    “She actually got in a scuffle with the guy,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said. “She resisted. That is why he didn’t get anything.”

  • Ambulance service hits hard times

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County’s ambulance service has fallen on some hard times.

    “We are having a manpower shortage,” said Gloria Wright, director of emergency medical services. “Our paramedics and EMTs (emergency medical technicians) are having to run back-to-back calls, sometimes 24 hours a day.”

    Wright said six additional full-time employees will help. The County Commission could decide today, March 8, whether to give Wright’s department the requested help.

  • When it comes to census, we all add up

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The amount of federal dollars Roane County receives this decade could depend on how strongly residents participate in the 2010 Census. The questionnaires are being mailed out this month.

    “It’s important for funding,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. “Every grant that we apply for — most all grants that we apply for — comes back to census data.”

    Economic development also depends a lot on census data.