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Today's News

  • Feds nab 5 on drug charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A dirty car is what prompts most people to visit a car wash.

    Federal authorities, however, contend that Ralph O’Neal had a different motive for driving to the Free Spirit Car Wash in Midtown in March.

    That motive was to allegedly sell crack cocaine.

    That could turn out to be a life-changing trip for O’Neal, because the person he is said to have sold to was a confidential source working with the FBI.

  • Midway, Rockwood set to clash

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With Harriman and Kingston out of the way, Midway and Rockwood will take center stage Friday night as the Green Wave and Tigers will duke it out in a huge county showdown at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

    Oliver Springs is also in action Friday night as the Bobcats will travel to Englewood to take on McMinn Central.

    Oliver Springs (0-1) at McMinn Central (1-0)

  • Youngsters gearing up for grid season

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a hot week one of action in the Tennessee Valley Football League last Saturday. Fortunately, all the players and coaches came through the day in good shape with no heat related symptoms reported.

    The only league game of the week saw Rockwood visiting Harriman. After dropping the cricket game, the Rams rallied to win the hopper and cutter contests.

    Kingston went on their longest road trip of the year and lost three of four games at Bledsoe County.

    Rockwood at Harriman

  • Thunder Road town to vote on liquor

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood may be getting a little wetter — and it’s not due to the recent downpours brought by Tropical Storm Fay.

    Two petitions were circulating in the town that celebrates its moonshing and bootlegging past with a Thunder Road festival.

    One petition would allow residents to vote on whether to allow package stores to sell liquor; another petition calls for a vote to allow liquor by the drink.

  • Dems focus on local races

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Democratic Party held a grand opening for its party headquarters on Aug. 18.

    As of Thursday morning, there were still no Barack Obama signs in the windows.

    “That’s a pretty easy one, isn’t it,” said Monty Lankford, the Republican challenging Lincoln Davis for his 4th District congressional seat. “Who’d want to be tied to Barack Obama?”

  • Eagles snap losing streak

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    OAKDALE—After struggling through 22 straight losses, Oakdale ushered in the 2008 high school football season with an explosion against Jellico last Friday night on Hollis Eble Field.

    The Eagles (1-0), which had went winless the last two seasons, led from start to finish in a 29-7 victory over Jellico.

    “The monkey is off our back and the losing streak is over,” offered rookie Eagle head coach Randy Miller, who enjoyed his coaching debut.

  • David Brainerd defeats Sunbright 26-16

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    CHATTANOOGA—It was a cat fight at Washington Hills in Chattanooga last Friday night.

    The David Brainerd Christian Wildcats beat the Sunbright Tigers 26-16 to open up the 2008 high school football season.

    Last year, David Brainerd topped Sunbright 14-7 to spoil Johnny Harrison’s coaching debut.

    David Brainerd jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead with Brooks Thedford hitting Will Keebler for a 46-yard touchdown pass and Denzel Lowery added a nine-yard scoring run.

  • Thursday night showdown: Kingston at Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Roane County high school football fans will get a bonus game this week as Harriman (1-0) will host Kingston (0-0) on Thursday instead of the usual Friday evening contest.

  • OSMS escapes Coalfield with 16-12 win

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs and Coalfield rivalry over the years has been comparable to the Hatfields and the McCoys. This year’s middle school game was no exception as both teams battled tooth and nail for 32 minutes and when the dust settled, it was the Bobcats escaping from the bituminous mountain known as Coalfield with a 16-12 victory.

  • Affidavit not necessary in ethics cases

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    People who file complaints with the Roane County Ethics Committee do not need a signed affidavit.

    That’s the opinion of County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    He was asked for his opinion on the matter after attorney J. Polk Cooley suggested complainants needed a signed affidavit attached to their complaints.

    McFarland said that only applies to the Tennessee Ethics Commission and not the local ethics committee.