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Today's News

  • McGriff semifinalist for Knox schools post

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff was one of 12 semifinalists for the superintendent position of Knox County Schools.

    The Knox County Board of Education met on Monday at the Andrew Johnson Building in downtown Knoxville to discuss the candidates.

    McGriff wasn’t one of the five candidates the board chose to bring in for interviews, but that doesn’t mean she’s out of the running for the position.

  • Oliver Springs rolls past Cloudland in sectionals

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    It wasn't the Cloudland Lady Highlanders' fault that the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats didn't play well in Wednesday's Region 2-A championship loss to Wartburg, but the Lady Highlanders paid the ultimate price for that defeat Saturday evening as a determined group of Lady 'Cats invaded Cloudland's Sonny Smith Gymnasium and handed the Lady 'Landers a 51-35 setback in the sectional round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs.

  • Third quarter surge lifts Grace over Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Harriman Blue Devils played well in the first, second and fourth quarters Tuesday night in their Region 2-A semifinal contest with Grace Christian Academy, but the third period was a different story as the Rams won the third stanza by a 24-12 margin and that was the key to the Rams picking up a 72-54 victory.

  • Determined Wartburg girls knock off Oliver Springs

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats got beat at their own game Wednesday night in the Region 2-A championship game.

  • Trial continued for OS couple

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The trial of an Oliver Springs couple accused of stealing thousands in funds from an area church has been continued for the second time.

    Gary E. Thomas and his wife Wanda J. Thomas, 770 Mahoney Road, were indicted in June 2006 on charges of theft from New Fairview Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.

    Gary E. Thomas was charged in one count of theft of property $60,000 or more, while his wife Wanda faces one count of theft of property, $10,000 to $60,000.

  • Illness at a peak in county

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Peaks and valleys are common in every cold season.

    “This could be considered a peak,” said Bonnie Hinds, public information officer for the East Tennessee Regional Health Department.

    Like many of its surrounding counties, Roane County hasn’t been able to escape those peaks, either.

    School was cancelled on Feb. 22 because of illness, and some principals reported large groups of students and teachers being out sick.

  • Shoemaker named new Wartburg football coach

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Dan Shoemaker's loyalty and dedication to the Wartburg football program has finally paid off. The 43 year-old career assistant has been named the new football coach at Central High School.

  • Oliver Springs girls pick up tough tourney win

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Tournament basketball is all about survival and that’s just what the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats did Monday night as Michelle Christopher’s squad knocked off Coalfield, 59-49, in the semifinal round of the Region 2-A Tournament at Coalfield.

  • Coalfield ends Harriman girls' run

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    In what was a fast-paced and close game throughout, the Coalfield Lady Yellow Jackets ended Harriman’s season Friday night with a 67-63 victory at Harriman’s Richard Pickell Gymnasium.

  • Wartburg leads start to finish

    By BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    Wartburg capped a decade of dominance in District 4-A with their sixth district championship in ten years following a 71-51 victory over Sunbright last Tuesday night in the 2008 title game.