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Today's News

  • Harriman gets backup on developer spat

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman will use a trusted firm in its spat with Pinnacle Pointe developers over money the state says the developers owe the city.

    Harriman City Council has voted to allow City Attorney Harold Balcom and Treasurer Charles Kerley to proceed with Vaughn & Melton, an engineering firm that has previously worked with the city.

    The city asked Balcom and Kerley to select an engineering firm to study computer models in the debate between the city and Prestige Land Co. developers.

  • County to mull documentary

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    From Fort Southwest Point in Kingston to the Princess Theater in Harriman, Roane County has a very rich history.

    Now a local film producer is looking to document that history for the county.

    Keith McDaniel, owner of Secret City Films in Oak Ridge, wants to make a DVD that includes 12 “snapshots” of Roane County.

    McDaniel said he began brainstorming the idea with County Executive Mike Farmer six months ago.

  • Two charged with selling drugs

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A man and woman living in a low income apartment complex in Sunbright have been charged with selling drugs and will most likely lose their apartment.

  • Chancellor leaves road closed finding there is no urgency

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A rock pile blocking a portion of Farley Davis Road in the Mill Creek community of Sunbright will remain in place until the case goes to trial.

  • Smith signs to play at Maryville

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Softball has been a big part of Chastity Smith’s life for as long as she can remember.

    Now the Rockwood senior will have at least four more years of memories as she has signed scholarship papers to play for Maryville College.

  • Protocols followed in deadly pursuit

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A review of a Dec. 29, 2007, vehicle pursuit between Kingston police officers and a Lenoir City man has been completed and found that protocols were correctly followed.

    The pursuit ended in a fatal crash, leaving the man, Johnnie B. Ambrose, dead and causing injuries to the driver of the second car involved.

    The investigation was led by District Attorney General Russell Johnson and Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam and included a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team.

  • Governor discusses long-term care

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Three days after dropping in at the Rockwood airport, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen was back in town on Thursday.

    This time, he stopped by Midtown Elementary School to promote his long-term care initiative.

    Bredesen described Midtown native and state Rep. Dennis Ferguson as his top long-term care promoter in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Not surprisingly, the Roane County Democrat attended the governor’s fireside chat in the school library.

  • Remembering Harriman's bravest

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman firefighters are dedicated to making improvements to a memorial in Harriman Riverfront Park that pays tribute to three city firefighters.

    Last week they were working on landscaping around the pedestal which held a plaque memorializing the late Gene Schubert, James "Bones" Lawson and James A. Brown.

    "The fire department didn't get in there and do like we should," Harriman Fire Chief Wayne Best said about his department's sprucing-up efforts. "We're trying to make up for it."

  • Tigers wallop Cherokees in double header

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The state's first baseball rankings of the year were released Tuesday, and the news was good for the Rockwood Tigers as Joey Cofer's squad are sitting atop the Class A standings.

    The Tigers celebrated their No. 1 ranking on Wednesday by ripping Greenback in a double header, 14-3 and 13-3.

    Offense was the name of the game for the Tigers as Rockwood pounded out 29 hits in 10 trips to the plate. Eleven of those hits went for extra bases as the Tigers banged out six doubles, one triple and four home runs on the evening.

  • Lady 'Cats roll past Lady Mavs, 8-1

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The past two seasons have seen the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats accomplish a lot on the softball diamond. The Lady 'Cats have won two district titles and have advanced to the TSSAA's Class A sectionals.

    However, despite all their success, the Lady 'Cats could not beat Anderson County. In fact, in Matt Headden's 11 years of coaching the Lady 'Cats have never beaten the Lady Mavericks.

    That all changed Wednesday evening, however, as Oliver Springs cruised to an easy 8-1 victory over the Lady Mavericks.