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Today's News

  • Harriman’s Brown wins on Lake Cherokee

    Harriman’s Matt Brown recently won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division co-angler tournament on Lake Cherokee.

  • Anglers gear up for event on Chickamauga

    The Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Chickamauga presented by Chevy will visit the Dayton, Tenn., area June 27-30 for the sixth and final regular-season tournament of its 18th season. Hosted by the City of Dayton, the tournament will feature the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.

  • Alpha House: Jail to joy

    Inspired by jail ministry, a cheery Oliver Springs house offers a second chance to women who have been part of the criminal justice system.

    Four women at a time are allowed in the six-month Alpha House program. Most have drug addictions and have come from broken families and abuse.
    “It has completely turned me around,” said Missy King. “It has shown me all the energy and effort I put into staying high I can put all that energy and effort into doing something good.”

  • Regions Bank dispute continues

    Dr. Clary Foote purchased the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman for $280,500 in January 2012. It’s now appraised at $3.633 million.
    “That’s the value that we feel confident about,” Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said.
    Foote disagrees with the value.
    “All of downtown Harriman wouldn’t be worth that much,” he said.

    The building has been the subject of some controversy, involving the assessor’s office before.

  • Wandering baby pulled from tracks

    A Rockwood mother and father have been charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after their 2-year-old son was reportedly seen playing on some railroad tracks.
    Rahab Jaramillo, 25, and Jonathan White, 30, were arrested on Monday.
    The child’s grandmother reportedly told police, “The parents need parenting class.”
    “Both parents ... were upstairs in the residence and not watching the child, allowing him to play unattended on the tracks,” Rockwood police officer Josh Coffey said in the arrest warrant.

  • School drug policy approved by board

    A revised policy on drug testing for student athletes was approved on second reading at Tuesday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
    The revision removes the opt-out clause and subjects all student athletes to random drug testing during a sport season.
    “Does this policy have in it where we test all kids before each season?” Mike “Brillo” Miller asked.
    “No,” Wade McCullough responded. “This is still providing only random testing.”

  • Kingston property tax rate stays put

    Kingston City Council members passed a budget for 2013-14 with little fanfare at a special-called meeting this week, leaving the property tax rate unchanged from last year, but approving a 5-percent increase in city sewer and water rates.
    The Monday session included the mandatory public hearing prior to the budget’s second reading; the measure passed without opposition.
    The vote itself was quick, with little discussion.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two dogs, a fly and some yawning cats

    We all have monsters of our own creation.
    Last night, I was dealing with mine.
    I have two Australian cattledogs. For people who know the breed, I’ve probably said enough with those few words.

    For those who don’t, a little background: These are working dogs; they must be kept busy — usually keeping large numbers of cattle or sheep in line.
    If you don’t give them a job, they will find one of their own, and (hint) you probably aren’t going to like it.

  • Bear seen in West Roane area

    Albert Cook didn’t believe his wife, Ruth, when she said there was a bear outside, so he had a look himself Friday evening.
    “Sure enough, there was a bear in the yard,” said Cook, who lives in the Smokerise subdivision of Rockwood.

    He said the bear appeared to be looking for food, fumbling around with watermelon rinds that had been thrown outside and bird feeders nearby.

  • Progress made on greenway

    With the pressure off, contractors for Kingston’s Ladd Landing Greenway look like they just might make a June 30 deadline for finishing the much-delayed project.
    Of course, that’s not as vital as it once was, now that city officials know they will not have to renew a bank loan should the project run past the deadline.
    Still, given that many people expected the project to be at this point sometime last year, it wouldn’t seem advisable for work crews to take a breather at this point.