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Today's News

  • ‘Mojo’ lifts Green Wave

    By McKenzie Sherman

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Midway girls head basketball coach Mike Hayes told his players before Friday night’s game to, “Do what we do.” Taking their coaches advice, the Lady Wave did their thing, defeating Sunbright 56-35.

  • Tigers outplay Bobcats for win

    The Rockwood Tigers opened the season and district play Friday with a 61-36 win against Oliver Springs at Oliver Springs.

    Although the Rockwood season start was stunted due to the extension of the football season, it was the Bobcats who looked like they were just starting.

    “It’s a big win,” Tiger Coach Paul Kamikawa said.

    “It’s a district win and we only had four days of practice.

    “We have a good group of seniors, so it wasn’t that bad. They at least have an idea of what was going on.”

  • Third quarter seals O.S. win

    By Jason Perry

    jperry@roanecounty.com

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats returned to their winning ways Friday night with a 43-28 district opening win against Rockwood at Oliver Springs High School.

    “District wins are nice, especially in our district,” Oliver Springs Coach Michelle Christopher said.

    The Lady Bobcats didn’t have any issues with putting points on the board during the first half, but the Lady Tigers just wouldn’t go away.

  • Schools attorney faults child for death

    Did 12-year-old Jacob Patterson contribute to his own death when he was run over by a motorcycle on Nov. 4, 2016?

    Joseph M. Huffaker, an attorney representing the Roane County Board of Education, asserts so in an answer to a lawsuit filed by Jacob’s mother.

    “Roane County alleges that Jacob Patterson was comparatively at fault for causing the accident of Nov. 4, 2016,” the answer said.

  • Man accused of assault brawls with deputies

    A Harriman man is facing charges for a weekend incident that included an alleged assault and a tussle with sheriff’s deputies.

    According to the report, the deputies were dispatched to the area of 802 Hassler Mill Road around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday concerning an open 911 line, “with what appeared to be a female voice yelling for help and also stating that she did not want to die,” the report said.

    When the deputies pulled up, one said he could see Robert Bandy sitting on a couch with an open black knife in his right hand.

  • New tree helps continue I-40 holiday custom

    Members of Kingston First Baptist Church are working to sustain the legacy of a well-known Christmas symbol visible from Interstate 40.

    For years, church members Anne and Fred Walker decorated a lone evergreen tree just west of the Gallaher Road exit.

    Other residents and church members continued to decorate the tree every year after the Walkers were unable to keep up the tradition.

    Often they would find boxes or bags of decorations that had been left at the tree by others who wanted to be a part of the holiday effort.

  • ‘OOM-PAH’ HOLIDAYS
  • Student slung into street sign at Rockwood school

    A student was assaulted at Rockwood Middle School last week, according to Rockwood police.

    The alleged assailant, who was also a minor, reportedly approached the alleged victim and started punching him and slung him into a street sign.

    “Victim stated that the strikes did not make contact with him due to him blocking them,” the report said. “Victim did state that he received injuries from being slung into the street sign.”

    The report described the alleged victim’s injuries as minor.

  • Fireside Festival to help Child Advocacy Center

    The inaugural Fireside Festival for the Children will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in The Venue at Lenoir City.

    This family-friendly event is free to the public and designed for children of all ages.

    Adults can participate in a Christmas tree auction, with roughly 25 trees to be sold to the highest bidders.

    Sponsorship dollars were used to purchase trees in a variety of sizes, which were then claimed by businesses, community groups and individuals to decorate in the themes of their choosing.

  • Get a Jumpstart on writing with January session

    Concurrent writing workshops are scheduled for “January Jumpstart XVIII,” a Tennessee Mountain Writers event, on Jan. 12-14, 2018, at the Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

    Darnell Arnoult will lead fiction and Bill Brown returns to lead poetry.

    The session will open with an informal social hour on Friday evening. Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a break for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.; and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.