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Today's News

  • Weather 'nightmare' hits

    By CINDY SIMPSON & DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Icy conditions resulted in a rash of accidents early Tuesday for those who ventured out onto area roadways.

    Roane County schools were closed for the day, and Roane State Community College was on a two-hour delay because of freezing rain.

    In Roane County early Tuesday, there had already been 32 accidents between 6 and around 9:30 a.m. according to Gail May, mapping coordinator with the 911 dispatch.

    “Most of it is weather related,” she said.

  • Bobcats, Lady 'Cats sweep Oakdale

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    In what might have been the two biggest district contests of the season for Oliver Springs, the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats left Oakdale Tuesday night with a huge sweep of the Eagles.

  • Clowers to play for Tennessee Wesleyan

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Harriman senior Doiron Clowers has worked hard throughout his high school career and now that hard work has paid off as the Blue Devil midfielder signed a soccer scholarship Wednesday to play for Tennessee Wesleyan College.

    "I'm extremely excited," Clowers said after making it official. "This is something I've really been wanting."

  • Both Harriman teams fall at Wartburg

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Tuesday night turned out to be a bad night for the Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils as they suffered a road sweep at Wartburg.

    The Lady Devils played well for a half, but then couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the second half as Wartburg picked up a 54-35 victory. The boys game was close throughout, but Harriman would be unable to pick up the win as Wartburg held on for a 67-64 victory.

    Harriman heads to Grace Christian Friday for a pair of key District 3-A games.

    Girls Game

  • Bad heart may release murder suspect

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A man charged with killing a Harriman woman may soon be released from Roane County Jail.

    David Cosgriff III, who is in his mid-60s, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 76-year-old Kathleen Taylor. The Clifty Street resident disappeared in 2002.

    Extensive heart trouble is what may lead to Cosgriff’s release to Miracle Lake, a rehabilitation program in Etowah.

  • No sign of foul play in Super 8 fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The owner of the Super 8 motel in Harriman that was razed by fire Monday night said he plans to rebuild.

    “We are going to be here,” said Sashi Patel, who also operates the Holiday Inn Express nearby.

    Patel said state fire officials have released the hotel back to him and now insurance representatives are investigating.

    “It is a slow process,” Patel said.

    Firefighters were still at the scene Tuesday pouring water on the smoking remains of the building.

  • Rockwood's pit bull ban opposed

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A proposed ordinance on the agenda for the Rockwood City Council on Monday (tonight) has gained the attention of a local advocacy group.

    Rockwood has plans to vote on an ordinance to ban pit bulls within the city.

    The proposal lit a fire under Wendy Bane, a member of Responsible Dog Owners of Tennessee, who decided to take action.

    She and other members of the group are against breed-specific bans, and plan to take a stand at the meeting.

  • Schools may add week-long fall break

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County students and teachers may get a week off for fall break after all.

    The school board passed a motion Thursday night to revisit the issue of the 2008-09 school calendar to include a full week off.

    The Education Council, which is made up of school board members and school system employees, will come up with a new calendar and then return it to the board.

  • Harriman holds off Midway

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Lady Devils and Blue Devils ran away with both games Friday night against visiting Midway.

    The Lady Devils used a mix of speed and a decided height advantage to roll to a surprisingly easy 76-46 win over the Lady Waves. The Blue Devils pulled away in the second half for a 72-47 win over the Green Waves.

    Midway returns to action Friday night with a game at Greenback while Harriman travels to Grace Christian.

    Girls Game

  • Constables take hit from Commission

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The first nail in the coffin.

    That’s the way Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard described Monday night’s vote on a resolution that could eventually give the commission the power to abolish the office of constable in the county.

    After a lengthy, lively debate, the resolution passed 11-4.

    “You’re not voting the first nail in the coffin,” commissioner Bobby Collier said. “I swear you’re not, Jerry.”