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Today's News

  • Legislators defend measures

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    eejraymond@roanecounty.com

    State legislators representing Roane County defended a pair of environmental measures last week that have landed them criticism.

    Rep. Dennis Ferguson and Sen. Ken Yager, who met with residents at Kingston Community Center Thursday to listen to concerns, also said they had made alteration to the proposed legislation.

  • Commissioners may get constable power

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The decision on whether to abolish the office of constable in Roane County could rest with the people.

    At least that’s the way one legislator would like to see it.

    “I’ve advised the commission of this,” state Sen. Ken Yager said. “Since we are talking about elected officials, we are looking into the possibility of having a ratification by the people in the next election. That is something that’s been looked at.”

  • Lady Waves fall in title game, 1-0

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    For the past three years, the Midway Lady Green Waves have won the Region 2-A championship and used the home field advantage that came with that victory as a springboard to making the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro.

    However, if the Lady Waves are going to make the trip to Murfreesboro this year, they will have to do it without the comforts of home during Friday's TSSAA Class A Sectional as Coalfield knocked off the Lady Waves Wednesday evening in a classic Region 2-A championship game, 1-0.

  • Hall signs with Maryville

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    When Todd Wright was the head coach at Oliver Springs High School, he relied on Laura Hall to lead one of the state's top programs.

    Wright has since moved on and is now the head coach at Maryville College, be he will still be counting on a Hall to lead his team as the Lady Scots signed Kelsey Hall, Laura'a sister, to a scholarship last week.

  • Tigers top Waves, 8-0

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Rockwood's Tyler Skidmore set the tone Monday afternoon as the Tiger lead off hitter hit the first pitch of Monday's District 3-A Tournament against Midway out of the park and the result was an 8-0 Rockwood victory over the Green Wave in an elimination game for both teams.

    For Rockwood, the Tigers dream of a 13th straight region tournament appearance are still alive as they entered Tuesday's game with No. 1 seed Grace Christian Academy.

  • Fun stint in movie has ties to Roane -- in more ways than one

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    One of Roane County’s most well-known stories is being retold for the big screen.

    The story of the Roane County recluse Felix  “Bush” Breazeale, who famously held his own funeral years before he died, is being made into a movie starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.

  • Rumor and innuendo no basis for vote

    Already local election signs are popping up like daffodils around the county.

    Democracy, indeed, is a beautiful thing, but sometimes the process can get ugly.

    Sadly, some of Roane County elections get a case of the “uglies” now and then, and we expect a few races in the June 2 election to hit a few sour notes before the ballots are tabulated.

    One thing to be on the lookout for are unsigned “slam” sheets that spread unsupported rumors and innuendo in an attempt to sway the vote.

  • Lady Waves wrap up district title

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Lady Green Waves won their fourth consecutive District 3-A regular season championship following a 15-0 win over Harriman Monday at Midway.

    Midway stands at 18-3 overall and are 7-0 in the district. In those seven district contests, the Lady Waves have outscored their competition by a combined score of 92-3.

  • Colyer shuts down Harriman

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Lady Green Waves wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the upcoming District 3-A Tournament Thursday evening with a 10-0 victory over visiting Harriman.

    Midway will now look to capture the regular season title outright as the Lady Waves play Harriman again Monday and then they visit Greenback Wednesday to conclude the regular season portion of their district schedule. A win in either of those games would leave Midway alone atop the District 3-A standings.

  • Remembering James Sams

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    glindsay@roanecounty.com

    It’s often said that you can tell how a person lived their life by how they’re remembered.

    James Sams III will be remembered for his abilities as an athlete, a friend and a person.

    Sams, 18, died late Tuesday afternoon in a tragic head-on collision. His death has rocked Roane County High School and touched Roane County as a whole.