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Today's News

  • Grace and Architecture

    With the historic Temperance Building looming behind her, professional figure skater Charis Bynum gives a demonstration at the temporary skating rink on Walden Street in Harriman. The rink, which was brought to town by Hooray for Harriman, is open for the public at various times through Christmas Eve. Skate rentals are available.

  • Constable issue will move into January

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Local constables finally got a victory Monday night.

    A motion to waive the 12-day rule to permit the Roane County Commission to take up a resolution regarding the constable position failed 8-7.

    Commissioners Copper Bacon, David Currier, Benny East, Jerry Goddard, Mike Hooks, Chris Johnson, Howard Rose and Fred Tedder all voted against waiving the 12-day rule.

    Troy Beets, James Brummett, Ray Cantrell, Bobby Collier, James Harmon, Nadine Jackson and David Olsen voted in the minority.

  • Robinson named 2-A Player of the Year

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    They call him “Sugar,” but Midway’s Ray Robinson was anything but sweet for opposing defenses this season as the Green Wave junior RB rushed for 1,800 yards and 22 TDs in helping lead Craig Moser’s squad to the Region 2-A championship and a school record 11 wins.

  • OSM sweeps Midway

    By BRODY JONES

    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats hosted Midway Thursday evening and the host team left happy as both the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats picked up victories.

    The evening opened with Oliver Springs picking up a 36-15 victory in the girls game then the Bobcat boys completed the sweep with a 48-40 victory.

    Girls Game

  • Committee asks county to seek power over constables

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The first step in what appears to be a long process in abolishing constables in Roane County was taken Thursday night.

    A resolution that would ask the county’s legislative delegation to give the commission the power to abolish or control the police powers of constables was passed unanimously by the legislative liaison committee.

    The request can be made to state Sen. Tommy Kilby and state Rep. Dennis Ferguson, County Commission Chairman Troy Beets said, by a majority vote of the county commission.

  • State board decertifies county jail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The aging Roane County Jail is no longer certified.

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control voted to decertify the facility last week.

    The jail can operate as usual, but possible ramifications from the decertification could include higher insurance premiums and inmate lawsuits.

  • Lady 'Cats sweep Oakdale

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Bobcats picked up their second straight District 4-A sweep Tuesday night as the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats downed visiting Oakdale.

    The marquee match-up of the evening was Tuesday’s first game that saw the Lady ‘Cats down the Lady Eagles, 45-33.

    The second game of the evening would see the Bobcats down the Eagles, 56-44.

    Girls Game

  • Harriman industrial board may be revived

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    An old Harriman board may be getting new life.

    Harriman officials want to bring back the Harriman Industrial Board to help with recruiting business to the city.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason brought up the possibility of reviving the board during last month’s city council retreat.

    “(City coordinator) Bobby (Tidwell) is asking to resurrect that board,” Mason said.

  • High-tech firms close to Roane deal

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The county is closing in on a $1 million land deal that officials contend has the potential to create 450 jobs at the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    According to information provided by Leslie Henderson, president and chief executive officer of The Roane Alliance, Sam Weaver is buying more than 40 acres in the back of Roane Regional to run his companies.

    The businesses coming to the park as part of the deal include Red Diamond Ceramics, Cool Energy Inc. and Proton Power.

  • Midway rolls past Coalfield

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a grand night for coach Darrell Ruffner’s Midway Green Wave as they roared past Coalfield 66-42 in their home opener to even their record at 1-1.

    It wasn’t as good of an opening night for the Lady Waves coached by first year coach Amy Woody. Although they played hard for four quarters, they fell to the Lady Jackets 57-45 in a foul plagued game for both teams.

    Thursday both teams will be at Sunbright and Friday night both teams will host Greenback.

    Girls Game