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Today's News

  • Officer cleared in Rockwood shooting

    An investigation has cleared Rockwood police of any wrongdoing in an officer-involved shooting incident that ended when the victim committed suicide on Feb. 7.

    Officer Rick Thomas was put on leave during an investigation into the shooting after it was determined he fired his weapon during the welfare check on Quentin Swicegood.

    The 58-year-old Kingston man was parked in the Tyler Pointe shopping center parking lot. Authorities said he went on to shoot himself.   

  • Purchasing policy changes afoot

    Harriman officials may soon be able to make purchases for $5,000 and less without prior Harriman City Council approval.

    Earlier this month the Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance that would amend the city code from its current wording requiring any purchases in excess of $2,000 shall receive prior approval by a majority of the City Council.

    The change would still require a majority of City Council to approve a purchase in excess of
    $5,000.

  • SMILE: You may be on camera

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office could soon join the list of agencies to equip its officers with body cameras.

    The cameras have already arrived at the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they are waiting to finalize the body camera policy and conduct officer training before rolling them out.   

    “When we push it out, we want to make sure it’s right — and we don’t get in a hurry and get it out there,” he said.

  • Auto Tech solutions attributes success to hard work, honesty

    The Bible teaches you reap what you sow.

    For Rex and Kimberly Spoon, they have sown hard work and honesty, and have reaped the rewards of a successful business, Auto Tech Solutions.

    “We’re been very blessed by the Lord here. We owe it all to Him,” Kimberly said.

    “We try to treat people’s cars like our own. Whatever a man sows, that’s what he’ll reap. If we sow honesty, we’ll reap the rewards.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka — How effectively do you retain customers?

    Let’s start with a definition.

    Customer retention refers to the activities and actions organizations take to reduce the number of customer defections. The goal of customer-retention programs is to help companies retain as many customers as possible.

    Previously, we have talked about acquiring and turning leads into customer sales.

    Many companies spend more money on customer acquisition because they view it as a quick and effective way of increasing revenue.

  • Lady Bobcats post-season run ends

    The Sunbright Lady Tigers used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats 50-47 in the District 4A Tournament Wednesday night in Oliver Springs.
    Coach Michelle Christopher's Lady 'Cats started off quickly, building a 10-3 lead with 3:11 left in the first quarter, thanks to Allyssa Suttles' eight points, including two 3-point baskets.

  • Roane State CC sweeps Cleveland State CC

    The Roane State basketball teams swept a pair of games at Cleveland State Wednesday night, as the Raiderettes defeated the Lady Cougars 73-59 and the Raiders tamed the Cougars 61-56.
    Roane State 73, Cleveland State 59: The Raiderettes led 17-13 after one quarter and stretched the lead to 36-28 at halftime with a 19-15 second quarter. The Raiderettes outscored CSCC 19-13 in the third quarter and matched the Lady Cougars with 18 points in the fourth quarter for the 73-59 final.

  • Midway, Greenback split district make-up games

    The Midway basketball team closed out the regular season by splitting a pair of District 3A make-up games with Greenback Tuesday, as the Lady Waves defeated the Lady Cherokees 52-42 to claim fourth place in the the league tournament, while the Cherokees defeated the Green Wave  51-41, sending the boys into sixth place.

  • Harriman dominates Tellico Plains Bears

    By Michael Lindsay
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    A sluggish start provided drama early, but the Harriman Blue Devils closed out with a dominant second half to defeat the Tellico Bears 84-46.
    “Our defense has taken a few steps back, and tonight we focused on getting back to the fundamentals,” said Harriman coach Shay Shannon.
    Finding the bottom of the net was not an issue for the Devils, as they amassed 19 points in the first period of play. Isaiah McClain dropped nine points in the opening quarter.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Only criminals commit gun crimes

    The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights.

    These rights are not granted by the Constitution; they are protected by the Constitution. These rights are endowed by our Creator and exist independent of any governmental license.