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Today's News

  • Johnson says he's still a part of Patton case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Despite reports, the district attorney general’s office has not recused itself from handling the assault case involving Roane County Constable Mark Patton.

    General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey announced in court on Monday that he, fellow General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks and the district attorney general’s office had all recused themselves from the case.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Wednesday, however, that his office did not recuse itself.

  • Sewer issues put Crete project at risk

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A project lauded by some and criticized by others appears to be in jeopardy.

    Crete Carrier announced in 2007 that it planned to invest $5.4 million in a new trucking facility on the site that was once home to Atomic Speedway.

    The 26-acre site fronts Interstate 40 in East Roane County and is next to the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said the project is in peril because Crete is having trouble getting sewer service.

  • Three youth division races settled

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    Week seven of the Tennessee Valley Football League would see three of the division races settled. The Rockwood hoppers, the Kingston cutters and the Seymour peewees will be regular season champs in their respective age groups after all three picked up wins Saturday.

  • Region play highlights weekend

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    For the second straight week, all five teams in Roane County will be playing region games in five different venues.

  • Midway Middle picks up first win

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Middle Green Waves rolled to their first win of the season with a 42-6 victory over district rival Oakdale.

  • OSMS in playoffs

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats secured a TMSAA postseason playoff berth recently with a 22-8 victory over Wartburg.

  • Devils get needed 27-8 win

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    After dropping their region opener against Greenback, Travis Tapp’s Harriman Blue Devils couldn’t afford a second loss at Sunbright Friday night if they wanted to remain in the hunt for the regular season Region 2-A title.

  • Alcoa whirls past OS, 62-0

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Alcoa proved Friday night why they are perennially one of Class AA’s elite teams with a 62-0 win over the Oliver Springs Bobcats.

    Alcoa jumped out to an early lead with 7:11 to go in the opening quarter with Chase James connecting with Sam Thompson from 45 yards out, finishing out a four-play, 68-yard drive.

    Derrick Brodus hit the PAT to give the Tornadoes an early 7-0 lead.

  • Hendersoon to make trip to Germany with Bredesen delegation

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A trip to Germany will give Roane County’s top industrial recruiter the chance to network with Volkswagen, which is building a plant in Chattanooga.

    Roane Alliance president Leslie Henderson will be heading to Europe this month as part of a trade delegation with Gov. Phil Bredesen.

    Roane is trying to lure companies that supply the automobile industry and are expected to locate in areas around the factory.

  • Man of steel: self-taught blacksmith forges ahead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Some young people unwind in Internet chat rooms or with video games.

    Dillion Alley takes a different track in his off-time — one involving heat, soot and steel.

    The 20-year-old was fascinated by the blacksmith craft, and he decided to give it a try a year ago.

    Alley works in a rustic shed he built himself. He uses a concrete bowl, called a fire pot, as part of his forge and a blow-dryer-driven contraption his bellows.