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Today's News

  • Fight over pastor breaks out at church

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood police responded to a report of a fight inside First Baptist Church of Lenoir Avenue on Feb. 21.

    James Knaff was the church’s pastor, but he said members recently voted to remove him from the position.

    That’s what sparked the altercation inside the church, according to a report filed by Rockwood police.   

    “A verbal fight began over the removal and at some point members began shoving,” the report states.

  • Cameras catch Houston spitting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky Houston’s propensity for spitting on people was on display for all to see Monday.

    This time his target was Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Angela Randolph.

    As first reported on the Roane County News Web site, a belligerent Houston spat in Randolph’s face at the conclusion of a court hearing.

    “He got mad and spit on Ms. Randolph, right in her face,” said Lucy Guy, who works with Randolph in the clerk’s office.

  • Crowded field might give Farmer edge

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The number 117 is ingrained in Jack Stockton’s mind.

    That’s how many votes David Haggard beat him by in the 2002 race for Roane County sheriff.

    Stockton believes he could have beaten Haggard easily had there not been a third candidate — Jeff Clower — in the race.

    “I just think that the majority of the people in Roane County wanted a new sheriff and that third party split the vote up and he stayed in office again,” Stockton said.

  • Harper leads Lady 'Cats to district title

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Roane Newspapers

    The year might change and new players make take the court, but Oliver Springs has remained the same when it comes District 4-A Tournament time. The No. 4 seed Lady Bobcats won their fifth straight District 4-A crown and ninth straight district tournament dating back to their Class AA days with a 48-43 victory over No. 2 seed Wartburg Monday night.

  • 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.