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Today's News

  • Santa may bring it, but recycling center makes it go away

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A flood of cardboard, wrapping paper and other trimmings was almost enough to have Roane County recycling center employees saying, “Bah, humbug.”

    With other county transfer stations closed, as always, on Wednesday, the remnants of Christmas Day ended up at the recycling center.

    “It has been a madhouse. We already emptied that compactor twice this morning,” center employee Larry Clark said.

  • Calendar of Events

    Editors note: The deadline for including items in this section is at least one week before the event.

    FRIDAY, DEC. 28

    Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Midtown Valley United Methodist Church. Call Lee at 376-3023 for details.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency senior activities will have bowling at 1 p.m. in Tri-City Lanes, Midtown. Call 354-0450 for details.

    SATURDAY, DEC. 29

    Serene Solutions, an Alcoholics Anonymous group, will meet at 6 p.m. in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile. Call Amanda at 567-5251 or 717-7010 for details.

  • Roane County News All-County Team Announced


    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The 2007 football season was a good one for the Midway Green Waves. In fact, it was the best in school history as Craig Moser’s squad recorded a school-record 11 wins on their way to an 11-2 record and a berth in the TSSAA Class A State Quarterfinals.

    That success has landed eight Green Waves on the 2007 Roane County News All-County Football Team with three Green Waves earning superlative awards.

  • Lawyer says Houston case taking too long

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Accused murderer Leon Houston has been incarcerated for more than 19 months without a trial.

    That has his lawyer steamed.

    “One of my greatest concerns that I’ve tried to voice since day one is this case is going to end up taking far too long,” attorney James Logan said.

    Now, after numerous hearings, motion filings, legal maneuvers and even mental evaluations for the defendants, there’s still no end in sight to the Houston case.

  • Help on the landscape for war-torn family

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq almost two years ago, Tonya Herrera heard many horror stories of people taking advantage of widows of soldiers.

    In this respect, Herrera has been lucky. She has some green-thumbed guardian angels watching out for her.

    Herrera, originally of Harriman, moved back to Roane County from California after her husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt, David Herrera, was killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.

  • Midway slumps in pre-holiday action

    BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a tough end to the pre Christmas schedule for both Midway basketball teams Thursday night when they hosted Wartburg in a make up game from an earlier postponement.

    The Lady Waves have not been worked over very badly all season, but they were in this one. Wartburg rolled to a 70-24 win and invoked the new basketball mercy rule for the first time in any game either Midway team has had.

    The Green Waves stayed close for a half, but another second half swoon left them on the short end of a 55-21 loss to the Bulldogs.

  • Oneida tops Harriman

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats continued play Wednesday evening in the Mid-South Classic and it was a so-so day for Oliver Springs.

    After dropping their first game on Tuesday to Upperman, the Lady ‘Cats rebounded Wednesday with a 60-57 victory over Meigs County.

    The boys, however, were victorious Tuesday against Jackson County, but they lost on Wednesday against Beech, 77-60.

  • Kingston Council holding special called session

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    Kingston City Council, perhaps following the city of Harriman’s playbook, plans to discuss annexation by referendum of properties on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    The Kingston council will meet in a special-called session Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the public library to discuss a resolution that would bypass the county urban growth committee and put annexation to a vote of the affected residents.

    The properties are west of the Clinch River Bridge between the Clinch River and the Harriman city limits.

  • Mason wants Harriman to be Keep Roane Beautiful's pilot program

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is jumping at the chance to participate in a pilot curbside recycling program.

    With the help of a recent grant, Keep Roane Beautiful wants to start the curbside recycling program by early next year and is looking for a community to start in.

    The program would include pickup of recyclables such as plastic and paper. While aluminum might be included, Keep Roane Beautiful coordinator Wendy Jackson said many people recycle aluminum themselves.

  • Night-skies group forms

    A new group of concerned homeowners, business owners, educators, students, clergy and others who live or work in Roane County have formed a new group, Save Roane Starry Skies.

    The mission of this citizens group is to recover and preserve the beauty of the starry night skies in Roane County.