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Today's News

  • Developer bankruptcy also hardship for property owners

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Serenity Drive runs through the Docks at Caney Creek subdivision.

    But for one lot owner, there’s little serene about the subdivision near Rockwood these days.  

    “I think it’s just some unfortunate circumstances, and we just happen to be caught in it,” Alfreeda Steele said.

  • Midway hits a wall to start season

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a tough start to the 2008-09 season for the Midway Green Waves. They dropped two games each to visiting Kingston on Saturday and Monday to Wartburg.

    The Lady Waves stayed close until halftime with county rival Kingston before falling 63-45. Monday night, they trailed Wartburg by 24 at halftime before falling, 78-56.

    The Green Waves led Kingston until the midpoint of the fourth quarter, but would eventually fall 49-39. Against Wartburg they could not keep up with the Bulldogs’ Caleb Bunch and fell, 81-59.

  • Rockwood may give TVA back beach property

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood City Council is getting fed up — so fed up that council members are thinking about giving a chunk of land back to the original owner.

    The land in question is a strip of city property known as Rockwood Beach.

    The city acquired the 90 acres off Pumphouse Road from TVA in 1951.

    “Nobody ever wants to give land back,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    But the council did toy with the idea at this month’s meeting.

  • Will holiday season trial affect Houston outcome?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    At a time when many people will be thinking about shopping, wrapping presents and putting up holiday decorations, 12 Roane County residents could be deciding the fate of Rocky Houston.

    The special prosecutor in the case said opening statements in Houston’s double-murder trial could begin this week, provided lawyers are able to seat a jury from a pool of 600.

    The possibility of the trial happening so close to Christmas raises several questions:

  • Maxfield takes over reins of Sunbright High School boys basketball program

    By BRIAN LANGLEY Morgan County News         Marty Maxfield won the 2008 East Tennessee Championship in his rookie season as the Sunbright junior high basketball coach.

  • Poor second quarter costs Lady 'Cats

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    In a match-up of two of the state’s top Class A teams, defending state champion Jackson County traveled to Oliver Springs Friday night and handed the Lady ‘Cats a 65-57 setback in a TSSAA Hall of Champions Game.

  • Fruit salad, anyone?

    It was a busy Thanksgiving for emergency officials who responded to a tractor-trailer overturning on Interstate 40 eastbound on the bridge over Pine Ridge Road in Harriman Thursday morning. According to Tennessee State Trooper Mike Beaty , the truck, driven by a Pennsylvania driver, was eastbound in the passing lane when he drifted off the road, struck a guardrail and overcompensated. His cargo of honeydew melons spilled onto the roadside and off the overpass onto the roadway below.

  • Appeals court allows sex videotape trial to proceed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood might have to write a follow-up to “Sex, Lies and Videotape” – a book he wrote that featured a sexual relationship with a female client that turned into the talk of the town.

    His legal fight with authorities, in which he alleged “outrageous conduct” by county officials involving the tape, started in 1999. It was well documented in the book.

    A state appeals court ruled this week that Cawood’s legal fight can continue.   

  • County eyes changes to ethics policy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Commission will discuss proposed changes to the county's ethics policy during a workshop on Tuesday.

    “I think it's probably not the policy that we need and so I'm asking the commission to listen to that and see if they agree with me,” said Troy Beets, chairman of the county commission and ethics committee.

    Beets said the current policy is too broad and goes beyond what the Tennessee General Assembly intended for counties to do.  

  • Cherokee sweeps Rockwood

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets defended their home turf Thursday night as both teams defeated visiting Rockwood.

    Defense was the name of the game in both wins as the Lady Jackets picked up a 36-20 victory while the Cherokee boys held on for a 28-20 victory.

    Cherokee will play at home again on Monday against Harriman while Rockwood will not play again until Dec. 1, when they travel to Oliver Springs.

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