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Today's News

  • Bogus bill appears to be bleached

    An O’Reilly Auto Parts bank deposit was $50 short recently due to a suspected counterfeit $50 bill.

    Rockwood police investigated.

    According to the report, Officer Jared Hall responded to the store on Jan. 16.

    “I spoke with employee David Trew about the bill,” the report said. “He said it was passed on Jan. 15, 2018, at about 4:36 p.m.”

    The bogus $50 bill wasn’t discovered until it was deposited at a bank.

  • Brine stations throughout county help treat roads more quickly

    The Roane County Road Department has several brine stations setup throughout the county to treat roads before a bad weather event.

    “I came up with an idea and said hey, let’s have us some outpost stations where we can better serve the public with a quicker way to deliver the material,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    Brine is a mix of salt and water.

    “We make it to pre-treat the roads and we also use it as an agent to treat the snow once it gets here as a melting agent,” Ferguson said.

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  • 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.