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Today's News

  • Scam dashes job hopes

    It wasn’t the rolling hills or beautiful Watts Bar Lake that attracted Bracey Bahm to Roane County.

    Hopes of a job brought him here from North Carolina. Unfortunately for Bahm, what looked like a good opportunity turned out to be a scam.  

    “I not only paid for my trip up here and my wife’s, but also the guy that actually scammed us,” he said.

    Bahm is not the only victim. Authorities said more than two dozen people may have been duped by a man identified in Kingston police records as Rickey K. Hubbard.

  • At last! Long-awaited Midway school kitchen open

    Midway Middle School eighth-grader Tanner Seymour works his way through the cafeteria line at lunchtime Friday, the first day the new school kitchen was open and food was prepared onsite.

    The school had been built without a kitchen.

    Previously, food was prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.

  • Center offers opportunities for Roane area entrepreneurs

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center offers free advice and assistance to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in Roane County and surrounding areas.
    The center has two upcoming programs planned to assist business owners and those interested in starting a business.
    A free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Midway falls at Lookout Valley, 42-6

    By JON LEFFEW 

    Midway began the 2011 season Friday night on the road, and going in, Green Wave fans had many  questions.

  • Late rally gives Harriman victory in opener

    The word of the day in the Harriman Blue Devils vs. Monterey Wildcats game was redemption, as the Blue Devils redeemed themselves from a 25-8 deficit to score 30 unanswered points, including 14 points in a 15.9 second time-frame in the final minute of the game to procure a 38-25 triumph over the Wildcats. 

  • Tigers blanked in opener, 21-0

    The 2001 season didn’t get off to a great start Friday night for the Rockwood Tigers as John Webb’s squad dropped a 21-0 decision at Sequoyah.

  • Szozda's run caps Kingston comeback, 35-31

    In what will go down as one of the greatest runs in Kingston football history, Yellow Jacket quarterback Robbie Szozda scampered 41 yards on fourth down with 12.5 seconds to play in the contest to give Vic King's squad a 35-31 victory at Oliver Springs' D.J. Brittan Field.

  • Repairman wants $165,000 for storage of sheriff's vehicles

    A dispute over storage fees has an auto repairman and the Roane County Sheriff’s Office suing each other in Circuit Court.

    Some big money could be at stake.

    Calvin M. Trew is seeking about $165,000 from the county — alleging that’s how much he’s owed for storing vehicles that belonged to the sheriff’s office.

    “This is all about the price of storage,” Trew contended. “They wouldn’t pay their storage fee.”

  • Largen land deal done

    Roane County’s newest recreation area is unnamed and undeveloped, but at least it’s now official.

    After all the surveys were completed, the contracts drawn up, Roane Countian Gerald Largen donated the 112 acres of rural and lakefront land to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency  with a few strokes of the pen.

    The property, which is on both sides of Bowman Bend Road is to be maintained for the enjoyment of Roane County residents and other visitors.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: What's the buzz? Ummm, it's certainly not me

    My failure is abject — that realization came to me recently.

    What I’m referring to is my last, best attempt to play a musical instrument.

    Let’s go over my instrument resume:

    • My grade-school attempts at the flutophone were awful.

    • I couldn’t manage the simple chords on guitar.

    • A long-ago boyfriend worked with me for months on the basics of the banjo before throwing in the towel.