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Today's News

  • Goss drug-case sentencing delayed

    A sentencing hearing scheduled last month for prescription pill dealer John Wesley Goss was reset to June 8.

    Goss, 61, pleaded guilty in federal court in 2013 to money laundering and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. He was the ringleader of a Roane County prescription pill ring believed to have obtained more than 200,000 oxycodone tablets.

    Goss was released from jail last month after his attorney told a judge he had three months or less to live because chemotherapy had been unsuccessful in stopping his cancer.

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  • Should out-of-county students pay tuition?

    One of the topics that came up during a joint work session between the Roane County Commission and Board of Education last week had to do with out-of-county students and whether to charge for them to attend schools here.

    “If I lived in another county, I’d want to go to Roane County Schools,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    Roane County Schools has around 7,000 students. Commissioner Todd Fink asked Aytes how many are out of county.

    “Probably 125 to 130,” Aytes said. “That’s just an estimate.”

  • Harriman fire cleanup months away

    People impatient to see the former Miller & Brewer department store property in Harriman cleaned up will have to wait a little longer.

    For a few more months, a section of Roane Street will remain reduced to one lane in each direction, with orange barriers in the road and a temporary fence around the building. In the meantime, Roane County is finalizing cleanup plans.

    “We are still looking at probably somewhere between 45 and 60 days until they start the process of clean up,” said Harriman Councilman Wayne Best.

  • Jones, two assistants out at Harriman High School

    The investigation into the Harriman boys basketball program has been completed and has resulted in three Harriman coaches resigning.

    In a story that broke Monday, it was reported two Harriman basketball assistants, Quentin Young and Darren Payne, had coached Harriman players in AAU games, a violation of the TSSAA sports calendar.

  • Blue Devils self-report two violations of TSSAA calendar

    The smoke is starting to settle around the Harriman boys basketball program.

    Harriman, who self-reported two violations to the TSSAA on Monday, is still awaiting the fallout, though.

    On Monday, Roane County Schools announced it was looking into the program for “alleged violations of TSSAA rules.”

  • Ratcliffe leads Coalfield to win over Lady Devils

    Harriman couldn’t find any offense as it was romped by Coalfield behind the bat of Diana Ratcliffe with a final score of 10-0.

    It took no time for the Lady Jackets to settle in, as they brought three runs in the top half of the first with their first three batters coming in to score before Harriman could settle down and get the next three batters to ground out.

  • Kingston softball sends Yellow Jackets packing

    A battle of the Lady Jackets ensued as Kingston faced off against Coalfield.
    The game ended in four innings as the tournament’s time limit came into effect with a final tally of 12-0 in favor of Kingston.

    Kingston took the lead early off the bat of Makenzie Spurgeon, who jacked a huge solo home run. Coalfield couldn’t match Kingston’s output as the first three Lady Jackets that got up grounded out.

    Kingston got its bats going once again as there first three batters in the top of the second came around to score before Coalfield could settle down and get three outs.