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Today's News

  • Roane County Schools plan year through 2010

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    No one can accuse the school system of not planning ahead when it comes to setting the school calendar.

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 9-1 Thursday night to approve the calendar for the 2009-10 school year.

    “Parents like to plan vacations ahead of time and not wait until the last minute, so if we can keep two years ahead of us, that just helps everybody,” board member Tyler Overstreet said. “Everybody can plan accordingly.”

  • Roane gets long-awaited veterans clinic

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Area veterans soon may not have to travel as far for their health-care needs.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans late last week to open a new outpatient clinic in Roane County in 2008.

    “VA is dedicated to providing the best in health care to the men and women who have served this nation in uniform,” U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B. Peake was quoted in a press release.

  • Devils top Midway 5-0

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    >Midway and Harriman hooked up Thursday afternoon for the second and final game in the season series for 2008.

    Harriman won the first game Tuesday 12-2 at Midway on the strength of four home runs. With all the homers on Tuesday no one really expected a pitchers duel Thursday, but it did happen as Harriman pulled out a 5-0 win with all five runs coming in the fifth and sixth innings.

    Harriman improved to 4-1 with the win and 2-0 in District 3-A while Midway dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the district.

  • Lady Devils dash past Westmoreland

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils are off to a great start as David Currier’s squad ran their season mark to 6-0 recently with a 7-1 victory over Westmoreland.

    The game was limited to five innings because Harriman was hosting both Coalfield and Westmoreland, but the amount of time didn’t seem to matter as the Lady Devils were in control from the outset.

    Lady Devil pitcher Kayla Turner had another strong outing as she tossed a one-hitter with two walks to go along with four strikeouts.

  • With new hike, Kingston hotel taxes to rise to near 20 percent

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Guests who stay in Kingston hotels will soon pay 5 percent more in taxes.

    The Kingston City Council passed the second and final reading of an ordinance on Tuesday night to add an occupancy hotel/motel privilege tax to area hotels.

    The council is hoping for a $70,000 boost in revenue that will help with balancing the budget.

  • Feds: Water contamination minimal from exploded well

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Environmental officials were on scene Friday at the site of an oil-well fire in Oliver Springs that was still burning.

    Perry Gaughan, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said officials are monitoring air levels for contaminants.

    The plume of smoke from the fire can be seen from as far away as Ladd Landing in Kingston.

    Gaughan said he and contractors from Atlanta were planning on staying until the fire is out.

  • UPDATE: Residents seek answers after oil-well fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An out-of-control oil well that spewed crude and natural gas all afternoon and night Tuesday exploded before dawn Wednesday, seriously burning a man who was driving by.

    Oliver Springs residents of Cove Lane in Anderson County, which lies near the Roane and Morgan county lines, have been evacuated and may be out of their homes for several days.

    Many are angry and looking for answers about why the situation was allowed to escalate.

    Officials say the fire could take days to get under control.

  • Devils roll to 12-2 win

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Blue Devils won their opening district game Tuesday night when they cruised by Midway 12-2 at Midway.

    Harriman improved to 3-1 with the win while Midway drops to 1-2.

    Midway jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Blue Devils with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Harriman used four home runs in the game to score the next 12 runs to pick up the win.

  • Harriman coach inducted into TSSAA hall of fame

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    There’s not a lot Richard Pickell hasn’t accomplished on the basketball court.

    As a player, Pickell was a starter on Lenoir City’s 1958 state championship team. He was later enshrined into the Lenoir City Hall of Fame for that accomplishment.

    As a coach, Pickell amassed 561 wins in 30 years as a head coach. Twenty-four of those years came at Harriman where he’s most remembered for leading the 1995 Blue Devils to the TSSAA Class AA State Championship.

  • Lady Waves roll past Lady Dawgs

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Armed with bats of aluminum and hot pitching, the Midway Lady Green Waves capsized the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs with a convincing 15-2 victory Monday afternoon in softball action.