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Today's News

  • Iowa fugitive nabbed, teen runaway found

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies apprehended an Iowa fugitive and discovered an underage runaway in his company on Thursday.

    The fugitive, 25-year-old William Theodore Nicely Jr. of Batavia, Iowa, and the 15-year-old girl were found at a trailer at 132 Eblen Cave Road.

    Nicely was wanted for sexual assault in the third degree with full extradition, according to sheriff reports.

    “We don’t know why they came to Roane County,” Roane County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Hawn said.

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  • Gallaher manslaughter trial postponed

    Eric Gallaher’s voluntary manslaughter trial scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    “He’s a little disappointed,” defense attorney Donice Butler said. “He wants it over with.”

    The state recently secured the services of an expert witness in the case, and the parties said that’s the reason for the delay.

  • Sheriff’s office preparing for spring citizens academy

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is planning a citizens academy this spring.

    The group will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 17-May 29. The final meeting will include a graduation ceremony.

    “The academy is a community-oriented policing program promoting a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

    There is no cost to attend.

  • Wicks taking on state with mastery of world geography

    Sam Wicks knows his way around a map.

    The Cherokee Middle School seventh-grader is a semi-finalist eligible to compete in the 2014 Tennessee State Geographic Bee on April 4.

    It is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now its 26th year.

    “I just hope I know some of the stuff,” Sam said.

    He said he works hard studying geography and enjoys it.

    “I just thought it was interesting,” he said.

    His parents couldn’t be more proud, if a little surprised.

  • Family takes electronics breaks in tech-driven society

    Teens and preteens dive into technology today.

    For parents, it can be a fine line for how much their children partake, and concerns about how young people navigate online is also a concern.

    The Shillings and Hardin family have taken a tougher approach than others. Though dedicated to seeing their children enjoy technology, they also want them to come up for air and be active.

    “I just think it is cautious,” Mae Ann Shillings said. “It is trying to teach them to be careful and try to be responsible.”

  • Kelley's pitching, Hall's homer leads Midway past Meigs 1-0

    The Midway Lady Green Waves opened the district portion of the schedule and welcomed the Meigs County Lady Tigers to District 3-A with a 1-0 shutout win Thursday at Midway.

    With the win over Meigs County, the Lady Waves improved to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the district.

    Payton Kelley had a shaky pitching appearance Monday against Alcoa, walking the only two batters she faced, but she would toss a gem against the Lady Tigers.

  • Soccer Jackets suffer shutout

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

    Thursday night at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field was the time and place for the matchup between the Cumberland County Jets and the Kingston Yellow Jackets in a fierce and competitive soccer match.

  • Lady Devils shine at Oneida

    Thursday evening would see the Harriman Lady Blue Devils put together an all-around solid performance in picking up an 8-0 victory at Oneida.

    Offensively, the Lady Devils pounded out 14 hits on the day with Haley Goldston (3-5, 2B, 3 RBIs, 1 run), Abigail Higgins (2-4, 2 2Bs, 1 RBI), Marilyn Franklin (3-5, 1 run) and Ivory Peddicord (3-4, 1 RBI, 1 run) doing most of the damage.

  • Falcons pull away from Bobcats, 16-6

    For four innings, the Oliver Springs Bobcats held their own against the Fulton Falcons, but an eight-run fifth inning proved to be the undoing of the Bobcats in a 16-6 defeat on Thursday night.

    Fulton brought home two runs on a fielding error before leaving men on first and second to close the top of the first inning.