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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Rather leads Bobcats past Harriman, 56-47

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Region 2-A championship game turned into the Wesley Rather Show Thursday night as the Oliver Springs' senior guard torched the Harriman Blue Devils defense for five three-pointers and 28 points in leading the Bobcats to 56-47 victory.

    "I was feeling good one I got going tonight," Rather said following the game. "It's been 12 years since Oliver Springs had been to a region championship game, but I told our guys before the game we would get it if we just stayed focused and played hard."

  • Next stop Murfreesboro for Blue Devils

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    HARRIMAN—One year ago Cloudland's talented Logan Morgan hit a last-second shot to keep Rockwood from going to the state tournament. His return trip to Roane County wouldn't be as sweet, but it would be his last.

  • Double jeopardy bars Rocky Houston retrial, appeals court rules

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    If you improperly release a jury, you release a defendant. Defense attorney Randy Rogers argued this point before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on behalf of Rocky Houston last November.

    The appeals court agreed with Rogers, this week finding that Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott improperly discharged the jury in Houston’s murder trial.

  • Property tax reappraisals coming

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Property owners can expect to get a reappraisal notice sometime this spring.

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said her office is in the process of reappraising every parcel in the county.   

    “The reappraisal is near completion,” she said.

    Kirkham said the notices will have a phone number people can call to get an explanation if they have questions about their appraisal.