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Today's News

  • Raiders earn all-conference honors

    By Bob Fowler

    for the Roane County News

    Three members of the Roane State Raiders basketball team and one Lady Raider have been named to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association’s second team All-Conference.

    Raiders named to the squad were William Johnson, DeMierre Black and Garrett Crandell.

    Lady Raider Amberlee Zeller was also an All-Conference designee.

    Coach Randy Nesbit said Johnson averaged 14.5 points and four rebounds per game during the season and led the team in blocked shots.

  • Lady Raiders honored for play

    By Bob Fowler

    for the Roane County News

    Members of Roane State women’s basketball coach Monica Boles’ squad were honored for their runner-up finish in the annual TCCAA and Region VII tournament last month.

    The Lady Raiders came together at “just the right time,” Boles said, and defeated three other squads in the tourney, held in Chattanooga, only to lose the championship game in a heartbreaking nail-biter.

  • Lady Knights can’t close gap

    The Roane County Lady Knight lacrosse teams lost to the Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders Monday night at Midway, 20-7.

  • Devils win mud brawl

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The rain may have shut down baseball and softball games on Monday evening but the Harriman Blue Devils soccer team fought through the mud and muck with a tough defense and a disciplined offense to defeat the Oneida Indians by a final score of 2-1.

  • PORTER PARK OPEN

    City and county officials gathered with Kingston residents Saturday to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Gertrude Porter Park.

    Kingston Mayor Tim Neal opened the ceremony thanking everyone that participated in the almost four year project that began under the administration of previous mayor Troy Beets.

    “We’re really glad the park is open and that so many people were able to show up for the dedication,” said Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross.

  • No land tax hike for jail add-on

    Roane County is moving forward with plans to expand the county jail. According to officials, the multi-million dollar project will not require an increase in the property tax rate.

    “We’re able to about this time next year borrow for the jail project at no tax increase,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I am thrilled to hear that,” County Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. “That is very good news.”

  • Commission fails to fill vacancy left by Kelley’s death

    A vacant seat remains in Roane County Commission District 4.

    A move to appoint someone to the seat didn’t garner enough votes at Monday’s Commission meeting.

    “I don’t know,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said, when asked what the plan is for the seat moving forward.

    The vacancy was created by the death of Steve Kelley. He represented the district from Sept. 1, 2010, until his death on Feb. 21.

  • $1.4 million of borrowed funds tagged for paving

    Rockwood officials are hoping to have approximately $1.4 million for paving in the next two fiscal years.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said that’s how much is left of $6 million in loan funds after energy-efficiency projects and other capital needs he proposed be addressed in the city.

    He doesn’t want to spend all the $1.4 million at once. Instead, Miller is looking at spending between $743,000 and $793,000 on paving this year.

  • No cover for leaky pool

    After a big push to get it covered, Rockwood’s pool may not be getting year-round use after all — at least not any time soon.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller is suggesting the city return a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant that would have tackled a number of projects, including putting a cover over the pool.

    “I do want you to know it is not a dead issue,” he insisted.

    Repair needs are hampering the project, officials said.

  • Cheer on Special Olympians Friday in Kingston

    Area 30 Special Olympics for Roane County will have its annual track and field event Friday at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Athletes from across the county

    will receive a police escort from Ladd Landing boat dock to the Fort beginning at 9 a.m.

    Members of the community are asked to line Kentucky Street and cheer on the athletes as they travel to the competition.