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Today's News

  • Lottery winner from Knoxville

    A Knoxville man came forward last week with a winning $50 million lottery ticket sold in Harriman last month.

    Michael Duncan told Tennessee Lottery officials he was not a regular lottery player, and he had not originally planned to play that day.

    However, he decided to give the lottery a shot while making a quick pit stop at the Rocky Top Market at 1811 Roane St. He selected a single ticket using numbers based on family member’s ages, according to the release from the Tennessee Lottery.

  • New law to chip big cats

    The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Monday that puts in place new requirements for Class I animals like those housed at Tiger Haven.

    The original version of the bill was to require facilities holding the animals to have cages “constructed and maintained to provide sufficient space.”

  • GUEST OPINION: Learning to be a citizen

    Solving problems in our democracy requires bringing different points of view together, talking face-to-face with others who may differ with you, and learning that these differences can exist without personal animosity.

    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “OK, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook.

  • Rape case grand-jury bound

    After hearing testimony from two alleged victims on Monday, Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks determined there was enough probable cause to move the criminal case against Matthew Brandon Hall to the next level.

    “The cases will be bound over to the Roane County grand jury,” Wicks ruled.

    Hall, 28, faces two counts of rape and one count of aggravated assault. The alleged victims are high school students.

    Defense attorney Jedidiah C. McKeehan asked Wicks to dismiss the aggravated assault charge and one of the rape counts.

  • Drug court sought

    If all goes according to plan, a drug court could be operating in Roane County by the end of the year.

    The Roane County Commission unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that allows the county executive to apply for a three-year federal grant to establish the program.

    “It’s something that we have already been trying to do informally to help some folks,” Public Defender Kim Nelson said. “It’s going to be really helpful to have a formal structure in place to do that.”

  • ASH DISASTER CLEANUP OVER?

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller was in town last week to conduct the final inspection at the TVA ash spill cleanup site. Afterward, Zeller said, you can consider the cleanup project complete.

    “We’re essentially done,” he said. “Nothing of significance out there.”

  • Adventure tourism zone eyed

    With miles of waterway meandering through, Roane County is an ideal location for adventure.

    That’s why local officials are eyeing the possibility of attracting adventure tourism businesses by creating an adventure tourism zone.

    “It hopefully will make Tennessee a destination for adventure tourists, which is huge,” said Pam May, director of marketing and tourism for The Roane Alliance.

    “It is a huge market,” May added. “Right now, it gives tax incentives to businesses moving to the zone or already in the zone.”

  • Four-wheel fugitive

    A Kentucky man is facing 26 charges after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in front of Kingston City Park on Saturday and then led police on a merry chase.

    Jerrod Nathan Knipp is charged with following too closely, failure to report an accident, driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, hit and run, duty to give information and render aid, financial responsibility, stop sign violation, seat belt violation, resisting arrest, property theft, two counts of destruction of government property, six counts of reckless endangerment and seven counts of vandalism.

  • Green announced as new Oliver Springs head coach

    Oliver Springs High School has hired a familiar face to be the new head football coached.

    Now former Oliver Springs Middle School head coach Larry Green was offered and has accepted the position, replacing Wiley Brackett, who resigned last week.

    “I’m excited to get the job,” Green said. “I played for Oliver Springs, coached at Oliver Springs and grew up watching Oliver Springs football with Ronnie Brown and Frank Johnson. I guess it’s a dream come true.”

  • Rockwood tennis defeats Carter, splits Kingston

    The Rockwood boys and girls tennis teams competed in a combined four matches this week, picking up three victories.

    In Wednesday’s match up, both teams picked up victories over Carter, 9-0 and 7-2.

    On the boy’s side, Drake Long would be the only Tiger made to compete for his victory. Long defeated Carter’s Aaron King 8-0, and the rest of the team picked up wins by forfeit.

    The victory improved the Tigers’ squad to 4-1 on the year.

    The Lady Tigers nearly pulled a clean sweep, but dropped two matches to Carter, 7-2.