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Today's News

  • Harriman man faces gladiators

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A Harriman man faced down the ultimate opponents during weeks of competition in Los Angeles this fall.

    Jeff Chapman, 26, was one of 12 male finalists to compete in the return of

    American Gladiator, a television competition that pits men and women against a fearsome group of muscled annihilators.

    "It is basically done tournament style," Chapman said of the events.

    Competitors were first partnered up in pairs of men and women before facing the

    gladiators in a variety of events, according to Chapman.

  • Parent company of newspaper explores sale

    STAFF REPORTS

    Roane Newspapers

    Landmark Communications Inc., the parent company of the Roane County News, has hired national investment firms to explore selling the Norfolk-based company.

    "I can confirm that Landmark Communications has retained investment banks JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses," said Richard F. Barry III, vice chairman of the company.

  • Sheriff's office investigating New Year's death

    BY DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Roane County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 23-year-old man found lying in a ditch on New Year's Day.

    According to sheriff's office detective Bryan Walker, the body of Travis Daniels was discovered off of Black Jack Road in Rockwood around 1 p.m. The death is being treated as a homicide.

    “Whenever we have a suspicious death we treat it as a homicide until we can prove otherwise,” Walker said.

  • Lighting issue ready to enter new phase

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    In his quest to bring darker skies to Roane County, Tamke-Allan Observatory director David Fields says he is aligning himself with the countrys top leader.

    President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 on Dec. 19.

    Bush touted the bill as a commitment to energy conservation and efficiency.

    Fields contends the goal of the light pollution measures he's been pushing is the same.

  • State cuts big blow to Dunn Center

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    What looked like a good Christmas present could turn out to be a lump of coal for special-needs facilities like Michael Dunn Center.

    The good news was Michael Dunn officials said they might not have the 5.7 percent cuts in state fees based on their services for October-December.

    But it appears the facility will be greeting the new year with a series of deeper cuts from the state.

    Wade Creswell, Michael Dunn’s director of development responsibilities, explained the situation.

  • Developers contend Harriman owes them

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    An investigation released by state auditors last spring showed that Pinnacle Pointe developers owe Harriman more than $230,000 for work the city paid for excavating and grading the site.

    Now the developers have come back with an audit of their own that indicates the city instead owes them more than $200,000.

    Jim Scott, a former assistant district attorney at the Kingston office, is representing Steve Kirk-ham and Jerry Duncan, partners in Prestige Land Co. which developed Pinnacle Pointe.

  • Rockwood splits with Unaka

    By JON LEFFEW

    Roane Newspapers

    The Rockwood High School basketball teams kicked off Roane County’s portion of the Harriman Christmas Classic on Thursday, squaring off against Unaka.

    Both teams were looking to build momentum for their upcoming district schedules in the holiday tournament.

    However, on Thursday, only one Rockwood team came away with a victory.

  • Tellico sweeps Harriman

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    Tellico Plains handed both Harriman teams defeats Thursday evening during the Harriman Christmas Classic.

    An early lead kept Tellico Plains ahead for a 69-55 win against the Lady Devils.

    The Harriman boys stayed within sight of victory but slipped by a slim loss of 69-62.

    Girls Game

    The Harriman Lady Devils were looking for a belated Christmas present in the form of a victory against the Tellico Plains Lady Bears, but came up with the metaphorical lump of coal instead with a 69-55 setback.

  • Crete still coming to Roane

    By TERRI LIKENS

    Roane Newspapers

    Have you wondered what happened to trucking firm that bought Atomic Speedway and plans to build a trucking center there?

    Crete Carrier Corp. paid $1.3 million for the property last January and announced plans to start work on its trucking center as early as this fall.

    The problem is, things haven’t worked as quickly as Crete officials hoped.

    “It’s taken a little longer to get things put together,” said Karel Znamenacek, executive vice president of the Lincoln, Neb.-based firm.

  • Santa may bring it, but recycling center makes it go away

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A flood of cardboard, wrapping paper and other trimmings was almost enough to have Roane County recycling center employees saying, “Bah, humbug.”

    With other county transfer stations closed, as always, on Wednesday, the remnants of Christmas Day ended up at the recycling center.

    “It has been a madhouse. We already emptied that compactor twice this morning,” center employee Larry Clark said.