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Today's News

  • Standoff ends with tear gas, injured officer

    Kingston police were forced to use tear gas to take custody of a man accused of assaulting his girlfriend before barricading himself inside the residence at 147 Sunny Springs Lane on Friday.

    Kingston Police Sgt. Brian Luttrell was injured when arresting Kevin Ernest Russell, 29, who struggled with officers.

    “They were actually trying to get him cuffed when they both fell,” said Chief Jim Washam.

  • Weekend fire damages hospital roof

    Harriman fire officials have not determined the cause of a Saturday evening fire that damaged the roof over the surgery area of Roane Medical Center.

    No patients were in danger due to the location of the fire, said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

    Daniels said firefighters first on the scene to the 7:24 p.m. call saw smoke coming from the roof in the back near the outpatient discharge and surgery area.

    Upon further investigation, they found burning what is being reported as a 25-by-50-foot area of rubber roofing.

  • Blue Devils dominant in win

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Sunbright Lady Tigers proved why they are leading the pack in girl’s district 3A basketball as they handily defeated the traveling Lady Blue Devils from Harriman by a final score of 41-18.

    The tenacious Tiger defense dominated the first quarter with five steals and numerous unforced turnovers by the Lady Devils put Sunbright in the lead after one by a score of 13-2. Makenna Brown led the offense with six points and Harriman’s McKenzie Breeden scored the lone basket for the Lady Devils.

  • Tigers stay hot against Kingston

    Coming off Coach K’s momentous 500th win the night before, the Rockwood Tigers stayed hot with a 64-59 win against Kingston Friday night at Roane County High School.

    “We’re an inside out team,” Rockwood Coach Paul Kamikawa said. The Yellow Jackets held a shaky lead throughout the first half of the game, taking a 31-29 lead into halftime.

    The third quarter was a see-saw battle between the teams as the lead was changed five times.

  • Bball season sweeps are in!

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets and Yellow Jackets made the trip to Rockwood on Saturday afternoon to take on the Lady Tigers and Tigers in a make up basketball game.

    The teams are very familiar with each other due to being in county rivals, but what made the game even more unique was the fact that they had played each other less than 24 hours ago on Friday night.

  • Yellow Jackets’ season ends

    The Cherokee Middle Yellow Jackets came to an end Saturday afternoon after losing to Meigs, 41-34, in the first round of the district middle school tournament in Athens.

    A slow start to the game proved to be Cherokee’s undoing.

    The Jackets could only muster four points in the opening quarter and went on to be out scored at halftime by the Tigers, 24-15.

    Cherokee found some life as it regrouped after the break.

    The Jackets were led by Kain Collins who was only in his third game back from a hand injury sustained during football season.

  • Middle School posteason starts

    By Jason Perry and Taylor Crombie

    jperry@roanecounty.com

    The Wartburg Bulldogs struggled in the face of adversity Saturday night in the first round of the district tournament against the Oliver Springs Bobcats losing 49-21.

  • Help plant 250,000 trees in Tennessee

    Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 during which 250,000 trees will be planted by 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.

    Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.

    The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.

  • Harriman officials hope meeting’s on

    First sickness and then blustery winter weather led to the canceling of Harriman City Council’s first two January meetings.

    The Council is hoping a third time is a charm with their meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, with the agenda being much the same as that which was set for the Jan. 16 meeting.

    “It should be the same with the exception of removing the public hearing and the ordinance of rezoning the Allen Williams parcel,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Woman accused of stealing and hooking up water meter

    A Rockwood woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing a water meter and hooking it up to her residence. Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall investigated.

    According to the report, Hall responded to 902 N. Trinity Ave., on Jan. 16, where he was met by John Skidmore with the Rockwood Water Department.

    “He told me that the meter at this address was shut off yesterday and was scheduled to be pulled,” the report said. “Today when he went to pull the meter it was gone.”