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Today's News

  • Meigs County bounces Blue Devils from Region play

    Playing in the second round of the Region 2-A Tournament on your home floor isn’t the easiest task to accomplish, but the Harriman Blue Devils found themselves in that position on Saturday against Meigs County.

    Despite the home court advantage, Meigs County was able to knock off the Blue Devils 91-67 before losing to Grace Christian in the Region 2-A Championship, The Blue Devils were less than 24 hours off one of their biggest wins of the season, upsetting the No. 1 seeded Oakdale.

  • Lady Bobcats defeat Hampton in overtime

    During the 2009-2010 basketball season, the Oliver Springs boy’s basketball took the nearly 150 mile drive to take on Hampton in a sub-state game to decide which team would travel to Middle Tennessee State University to compete for a championship.

    Fast forward five years later and the girl’s from Hampton would travel that same path on Monday to take on the Lady Bobcats, with both teams looking for a state berth of their own.

  • Oliver Springs defeats Riverside, advances in state tournament

    It’s been five years since the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats have hopped on Interstate 40 and traveled west to the Murphy Center for the BlueCross Basketball Championships.

    After nearly 4 inches of snow put Thursday’s opener on hold, the Lady Bobcats were victorious in the first round on Friday, defeating Decatur County Riverside, 67-41

    “It tells us we can play with anybody here,” Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher said. “We have a great opportunity ahead of us if the ball bounces just right and we play well.”

  • Old Castle Adams Building top business
  • New ride for The Bridge at Rockwood

    Residents of The Bridge at Rockwood have a new van, which was delivered to the facility last week. The van will be used for resident outings, including those planned to The Dixie Stampede, Tennessee Aquarium at Chattanooga, Tennessee Smokies Baseball, monthly lake outings from April through September and a community service project serving a meal at the Love Kitchen. Call 354-3366 for more about how to volunteer at the facility.

  • AMAZING GRACE

    Joshua, left, and Isaiah Snipes light a candle during last week’s Space for Grace service at Rockwood First Christian Church. “It is our special prayer service during the season of Lent,” Pastor Kara Foster said. The service was a way for members to find rest and quiet while spending time in prayer. Candles were lit as a symbol of a prayer request, along with Communion and Scripture. The Lord’s Prayer was the closing.

  • All snowed out and no days to go

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Schools used its final snow day last Thursday.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said advice from the National Weather Service determined his decision, which he announced shortly after 4 a.m.

    “At 4 o’clock this morning, it was sleeting in the very western end of Roane County,” Aytes said after making his decision early Thursday.

    “The National Weather Service told us it was a much higher chance that we were going to get sleet and ice.”

  • Drug court goes to Commission for the go-ahead

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson and General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey are expected to attend Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting to request support for their drug court proposal.

  • Attorney deems no conflict for Berry on board

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    District 1 County Commissioner Ron Berry stepped down from the Cable TV Committee last month after District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson questioned if he had a conflict of interest.

    “I certainly don’t need a conflict of interest serving on the Cable TV Committee,” Berry said.

    Berry owns BBB Communications, which has a contract with Comcast.

    Ferguson asked County Attorney Greg Leffew to look into the matter.

  • Release of pill mill ringleader no surprise to Roane sheriff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    John Wesley Goss’ release from custody didn’t come as a surprise to one local law enforcement official.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he expected it, considering the circumstances.

    Goss has cancer and an estimated three months to live.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan ordered Goss released last week pending sentencing, which is scheduled for March 27.