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Today's News

  • Going home: Houstons thank God, families upon jail release

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The sound of clanking shackles were replaced by terms of endearment. 

    “I love you,” Rocky Houston said to his wife, Nancy, moments after he walked freely out of the Roane County Jail.

    After nearly three years behind bars on murder charges, Rocky and his older brother, Leon, returned to their South of the River community on Thursday after being released on bond.

  • 'We just ain't goin' to put up with it'

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Residents plan to put up a fight if officials move forward with plans to use a Midtown landfill as a dumping ground for the fly ash that spilled from TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    That was the overwhelming consensus of the people who spoke at Thursday night’s meeting of Roane County Commission’s solid waste committee.

    “You will never have a dump in our community,” Mary Helen Nichols said. “Take it some place else.”

  • Davis town hall meeting turns to TVA talk

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Usually U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis’ town hall meetings  center on the same general topics: Social Security and disability issues, veterans issues and the like.

    But Saturday’s town hall meeting brought not only a bigger crowd but a broader list of topics.

  • Harriman rallies for win

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Waves came within an out of upsetting one of the district leaders Wednesday afternoon at Midway as Harriman scored six runs with two outs in the top seventh inning to get a 7-2 win and remain tied with Grace Christian Academy at the top of the District 3-A standings.

    Harriman improved to 5-1 in the district with the win and share the district lead with Grace who also has one loss. Midway dropped to 1-5 in the district, but are 9-6 overall.

  • Harriman downs Midway, 6-1

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    While the Harriman Blue Devils overall record isn’t sparkling, they do remain in a tie for first place in District 3-A after the Blue Devils eased past Midway 6-1 Monday at Harriman.

  • Lady Devils notch 13th win

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils improved to 13-2 overall with an 8-1 victory over Sunbright in the first game of a road doubleheader on Thursday.

    Harriman never had one huge inning against the Lady Tigers, but David Currier's squad did score at least one run in all five innings of play.

    Harriman's first run came in the top of the first inning as Moriah Anderson opened the game with a bunt single and she would score on a ground out from Lindsey Daugherty.

  • Beard signs with Hiwassee

     By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

  • Jackets rally to beat OS

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

     

    Roane Newspapers

     

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets spent most of Thursday evening playing catch-up at Oliver Springs’ Arrowhead Park, but in the end Bruce Robinette’s squad used an RBI ground out from Josh Banken with one out in the top of the seventh inning to pick up a 6-5 victory over the Bobcats.

     

  • Deregulation isn't a bad word anymore

    Deregulation.

    That’s a word we’ve heard a lot in the news lately.

    Extremes in deregulation in the finance sector have been blamed for the severe economic crisis we currently are trying to survive,

    Extremes in deregulation of coal ash storage may be to blame for the massive environmental disaster Roane County faces today.

    This week, a congressional panel told TVA officials they can expect more oversight as a result of last December’s massive ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Confusion reigns after Houston verdict; lawyer says retrial likely

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Neither side in the double-murder trial of Rocky Houston will find resolution in their Christmas stockings.

    A jury on Friday afternoon found Houston not guilty of some charges and could not agree on others.

    Judge James “Buddy” Scott did not immediately declare it a mistrial as he did when jurors could not agree in the trial last summer of Rocky's brother, Leon.