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Today's News

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: Covenant to take over Roane Medical Center

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A full house of Roane Medical Center employees breathed a sigh of relief and applauded following Tuesday's unanimous Harriman City Council vote to go forward with a lease purchase agreement with Covenant Health System.

    "We have ensured the longtime quality of healthcare for the citizens of Harriman and also citizens of Roane County," Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Harriman knocks off Cumberland, 6-3

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With all nine starters back from last year’s sectional team, the Harriman Blue Devils are looking for big things in 2008.

    Harriman opened the season with a big win Monday as Andy Adcox’s squad knocked off Class AAA opponent Cumberland County, 6-3.

  • Rockwood wins season opener

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With eight starters returning from last year’s team that finished third in the state in Class A, the Rockwood Tigers are hoping for even more in 2008. The Tigers took the first step toward that goal Monday with a season-opening, 8-5 victory over Class AAA foe Rhea County.

  • Bound on murder charges; boyfriend claims they stopped to get a diaper bag out of car's trunk

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Robert Stoll, the Morgan County man who was charged with killing a pregnant Scott County woman and her unborn child, was brought before Judge Mike Davis Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

    Davis ruled that there was probable cause to send the case to the Grand Jury.

    Stoll is charged with two counts of second-degree murder after firing shots into a car outside his home on Morgan County Hwy. on Feb. 11.

  • Commissioners kill move to adopt nepotism policy

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    It doesn’t look like Morgan County will be adopting a nepotism policy for county offices anytime soon.

    County commissioners shot down a recommendation from the Intergovernmental Committee Monday night to ask the State General Assembly to approve a Private Act for Morgan County.

    Such an act once finalized by the county commissioners would have prevented future elected officials from hiring their immediate family members to work with them in the office.

  • Roane schools employee on leave without pay

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    An employee with the Roane County school system has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff would not identify the employee, say where the person worked or what the person did with the school system.

    She did offer a few details on what led to the disciplinary action.

    According to McGriff, the employee appeared to be under the influence of prescription drugs or some type of narcotic.

  • Oliver Springs loses suit against K-9 officer

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A former Oliver Springs police officer and K-9 handler has been awarded more than $43,000 in damages from the town in a lawsuit over the time he spent training and caring for the dog.

    Dewayne Letner, who owned and worked with the city police dog while at the Oliver Springs Police Department, filed a lawsuit in fall 2006 against the city.

    A judgment filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee on March 4 said Letner should recover damages from the city in the amount of $43,215.36.

  • Rockwood plant operator sentenced to probation

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A plant operator who falsified water quality reports at the Rockwood Sewer Treatment Plant for nearly eight months in 2004 will see no jail time.

    Paul W. Perkins had pleaded guilty to a felony charge in November.

    On Monday, before U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips in Knoxville, Perkins received two years probation and will be required to serve 40 hours of community service.

    Perkins worked as the plant operator from 2001 to October 2004.

  • Roane County well represented on all district squad

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The coaches in District 3-A recently got together and selected their 2008 All-District Team. Roane County is well represented on the squad as a total of 11 players from Harriman, Rockwood and Midway were named all-district.

    On the girls' side, district champion Greenback walked away with the two biggest awards as Angie Lucier was named the 2008 District 3-A Coach of the Year while Jama Hammontree was named the 2008 District 3-A Player of the Year.

  • Cherokee girls win tournaments

    The Cherokee Middle School Lady Jackets recently took first place in two consecutive junior varsity basketball tournaments held in Lenoir City and Philadelphia. The Lady Jackets won the championship game in Lenoir City against Lenoir City with a 32-18 victory on Feb. 23. The following week they won the championship game in Philadelphia against Madisonville with a 33-31 win. The junior varsity team is coached by Ashlee Brackett and Ronnie Baggett.