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Today's News

  • Constables' fate lingers in uncertainty

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard describes himself as a big fan of constables.

    “They’re proud of their office, and I’m proud of them,” Goddard said. “I’m going to support them.”

    Goddard will need the support of seven other commissioners to vote down a resolution that could eventually allow the county to purge itself of constables. The resolution is on the agenda for Monday night’s county commission meeting at the courthouse.

  • Harriman sweeps Rockwood

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Rockwood Tigers tipped off the 2008 portion of their schedule Friday night with a huge District 3-A contest between the two bitter county rivals.

    The evening opened with the Lady Devils avenging an earlier loss to Rockwood as Jim Cordell’s squad picked up a 43-36 victory over the Lady Tigers.

    The final game of the evening would see Harriman complete the regular season sweep of the Tigers as the Blue Devils picked up a 56-49 victory.

  • Pinnacle Pointe developers submit statements, not audit

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    The developers who, according to the state, owe the city of Harriman more than $230,000 on the Pinacle Pointe development, have responded to the city.

    Although the developers have said they would present an audit of their own showing the city owes them money, city officials have characterized what they got as a mere listing of expenses.

    In fact, Parsons & Wright, the Kingston accounting firm that put together the report, said this in the document:

  • Court disbars Austin

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Former Roane County Judge Thomas Alva Austin will be looking for a new line of work when he’s released from federal prison.

    His days of practicing law appear to be over after he was disbarred by the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

    The state’s high court issued the order on Dec. 13.

    According to a court press release, Austin consented to the disbarment.

    The press release also states Austin may apply for reinstatement of his law license after five years.

  • SUD commissioners resign

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Sunbright Utility District has a history of problems and turnover in both employees and members of its board of commissioners. As of Monday more changes are coming.

    Board president Roy Freels and commissioner Russell Scott have both resigned and Bryant Jones, the SUD Manager, walked off the job.

    “If I had known how bad it was I would’ve never taken the appointment,” Scott said Tuesday.

  • Oliver Springs sends Kingston packing with pair of losses

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The first game of the new year went well for the Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats Friday night as they picked up a home sweep over visiting county rival Kingston.

    The girls game was close throughout and Oliver Springs would need a late rally to pick up a 50-46 victory.

    The guys contest was never close as the Bobcats took control from the start in picking up a 66-39 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

    Girls Game

  • Used car dealers target of OS study

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    Oliver Springs may be the place to go for used car salesmen.

    At least, that is the concern of officials worried that Oliver Springs is not benefiting in the increase of the lots opening in the town.

    Oliver Springs Town Manager David Bolling said another business is getting ready to open soon.

    Ways to make sure the facilities are meeting regulations and actually benefiting the town were discussed briefly during the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen meeting last Thursday.

  • Emergency info may be a phone call away

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Roane County emergency management director Howie Rose is looking to make sure residents get important information about potential dangers in the most timely manner.

    He’s spearheading an effort to add an emergency service that would notify them with a phone call.

    “What it does is it allows us to give pertinent emergency information to the public by their home phone,” Rose said. “The system will actually call the home phone number.”

  • Cats split in middle school action

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    After taking a couple of weeks off for the holidays, the Oliver Spring Middle School Bobcats and Rockwood Tigers hit the floor Thursday night for the first games of the 2008 season.

    The Lady ‘Cats opened the evening with a 38-28 victory over the Lady Tigers, but Oliver Springs was unable to complete the sweep as Rockwood won the nightcap game, 41-29.

    Girls Game

  • Cherokee works hard to take out Midway

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The second meeting of the season between Cherokee and Midway Middle Schools would see the same results as the first, but how they got those results were very different.

    The Lady Jackets rolled to a 25-point win about three weeks ago at Midway, but back at home on Thursday, Cherokee had to work a bit harder to get a 37-19 win over the Lady Waves.

    Cherokee improved to 12-2 with the win in their first game since Christmas break. Midway drops to 4-7.