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Today's News

  • Skidmore leaving as city clerk

    Harriman Clerk Angie Skidmore will no longer be a fixture at Harriman City Hall, but she has not moved far.

    Skidmore is down the street working as a bookkeeper at Harriman Utility Board.

    She leaves after six years as city clerk.

  • EAST TENNESSEE ANGLERS READY FOR FORREST WOOD CUP

    The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Ouachita and the Hot Springs, Arkansas, area August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015. Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

  • Future basketball stars in the making

    By JAMIE SITZLER

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A retired women’s professional basketball player shared her skills with Roane County youth last week.

    Carolyn Bush Roddy, a Roane County High School basketball standout, played professionally and internationally, and she now takes those skills and gives them to others.

    “I wanted to give back to the community,” Carolyn Bush Roddy said.

    She recently held a camp at Roane State Community College, and eight campers participated.

  • A mammoth-sized catfish caught on WBL

    From staff reports

    An unbelievable fish story and possible new state record happened on the local waters of Watts Bar Lake for a 16-year-old Kingston fisherman.

    Troy Powers reeled in what was guessed to be a near 100 pound Flathead Catfish. It bottomed out a 50 pound scale and when Powers held up his catch against his 5 foot 9 inch frame, the fish’s tail still touched the bottom of the boat. Powers caught the mammoth catfish over the Memorial Day weekend with his father, Mike Powers and neighbor, Derrick Stafford.

  • Greenwaves excited to put on pads

    Midway High School opens its 2015 football season on Aug. 20 at Rockwood.

    In addition to fundamentals such as tackling and blocking, first-year head coach Ryen Minton will be focused on keeping players healthy this preseason. With a roster of only about 30 players, he doesn’t have much of a choice.

    “That’s the part of this job that’s very difficult,” Minton said, “getting them ready to play and not injuring them in the process.”

  • $9.1 million in TVA auction

    Ray Morgan rose early Saturday morning to make his way from Jefferson County down Interstate 40 and into a quiet lakeside neighborhood a bit north of Kingston.

    He found himself a shady spot on a front porch to study a catalog, all the while keeping his eye on the prize: Parcel No. 39.

    Or, as it’s better known, the house at 540 Emory River Road.

  • After three years, plea in Kingston shooting

    Tammy Rosado finally admitted to the 2012 slaying of James Cobb on Monday.

    However, Cobb’s daughter still expressed disappointment in Rosado’s punishment as she left the courthouse.

    “Five years isn’t enough,” Ashley Griffith said.

    Rosado was charged with second-degree murder for shooting Cobb.

    She pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter and received a five-year prison sentence.

    “I really don’t think that’s long enough at all,” Griffith said.  

  • Scuffle over cellphone ends in robbery charge

    An elderly Crossville man allegedly scuffled with a clerk at the Harriman AT&T store last week over a cellphone.

    Marcel Bilodeau, 73, was charged with robbery in the incident. According to the warrant, Bilodeau “was attempting to exchange a cellphone which exceeded company policy.”

    “The victim said the defendant eventually agreed to pay for the cellphone,” the warrant said. “However, after the victim retrieved the phone from inventory, the defendant attempted to grab the phone across the checkout counter without paying.”

  • Sewer rate won’t change for Rockwood homes

    Rockwood utility customers don’t need to worry about a new sewer rate.

    Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas is considering a new rate for some customers, but it will not affect the rates of others. The discussion set for this Thursday is around a commercial customer’s request for a new rate because he uses a high amount of water but not sewer.

    “The board is going to consider changing that,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

  • GUEST OPINION: Some thoughts to make the president better

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

    The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

    The president is now the chief — and sometimes the sole — actor in American government.