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    Overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail don’t appear to be getting better.

    “We reached our all time high last week of 275,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The jail is certified to hold only 170 inmates. With so many people in custody, violence is on the rise, Stockton said.

    “The fights are getting more and more frequent now inside the jail,” he said. “I guess that’s to be expected in confined quarters and too many inmates.”

  • New group to study pain management

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam last week named members to the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education.

    The commission, established by executive order as part of the TN Together plan to help end the opioid epidemic, is charged with developing competencies for Tennessee’s medical educational institutions to address proper treatment for pain, safe and effective prescribing practices, and proper diagnoses and treatment for individuals abusing or misusing controlled substances.

  • Great Scott! Kingston sweeps

    Kingston took to the road for a pair of district contests with Scott County Friday evening.
    The Lady Jackets won the opener, 70-54, while the Yellow Jackets completed the sweep in the night-cap with a 62-58 overtime win.
    The opening game saw Kingston start off with a fast paced attack, outscoring the Lady Highlanders 16-11.
    Senior guard Abby Wilson paced the Lady Jackets with eight points in the quarter, but it came with a cost.
    Wilson was injured and had to leave the game. There isn’t any word on how long she will be out.

  • McCullum’s 23 in 1st paces Devils

    Jaylen McCullum scored 31 points in the first half and pushed the Harriman Blue Devils to a 75-32 win against district rival Midway Friday night at Harriman High School.

    McCullum scored eight points for Harriman to jump out to an early 8-0 lead on the Green Wave.

    “Jaylen Made shots, but we were moving the basketball really well and they were great shots,” Harriman Coach Shay Shannon said. “It wasn’t like he was forcing those shots.

    “His teammates were getting him open.”

  • Big 2nd half propels Midway

    The Midway Lady Waves used a big second half to come from behind and beat the Harriman Lady Devils, 46-31, Friday night at Harriman High School.

    The Lady Devils’ defense wreaked havoc on Midway in the early goings.

    This opened up Harriman’s scoring and resulted in the Lady Devils taking a 21-17 lead into the locker rooms at half time.

    In a game featuring two veteran coaches, adjustments become important and it was apparent from the beginning of the third quarter changes were made for Midway.

  • HMS punches title ticket

    By Taylor Crombie


    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils are headed to the final round of the Class AA Sectional after defeating the Wartburg Lady Bulldogs Friday evening.

    The Lady Bulldogs had bested the Lady Devils all season, but this time Harriman locked down the 29-23 victory with a big run in the second quarter.

  • Lady Devils’ season ends

    By Melissa Coley


    With a remarkable show of fan support from the Harriman community, the Lady Devils played in the Class AA East Tennessee State Sectional championship game on Saturday afternoon in front of a standing room only crowd.

    It was a hard fought game, indicative of Harriman’s season, but time ran out and the Lady Devils lost 33-27.

  • UT-Battelle savings to cost schools

    The Roane County Board of Education has a history of taking preemptive stances on legislation that could impact the school system.

    That apparently didn’t happen with Public Chapter 504.

    The state law, which school officials contend could wreak financial havoc on the school system, took effect on July 1, 2015.

    The school board didn’t pass a resolution expressing concerns about it until Jan. 25. The law was on the books for more than two-and-a-half years by that time.

  • Worker accused of hiding drugs

    Police searched the Hardee’s in Rockwood for approximately an hour on Feb. 1 after the shift manager was accused of hiding drugs in the restaurant.

    The shift manager, Shelly Everett, 42, was cited for simple possession.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle was dispatched to Hardee’s to investigate an employee dispute.

  • Police say man held ex captive

    A Harriman man was arrested last month on charges of domestic assault, false imprisonment and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

    Shawn Roysdon, 38, is accused of holding his former live-in girlfriend against her will at her apartment.

    Harriman Officer Caleb Taylor’s report shows he responded to 201 Sewanee St., where Linda Marritt told him Roysdon had been staying at her house and had been both verbally and physically abusive.