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Today's News

  • Rockwood woman gets 4 years for fatal crash

    A Rockwood woman found guilty earlier this year of vehicular homicide reckless conduct for her role in a 2009 fatal crash has been sentenced to four years in prison.

    Nicole Lynne Lawson’s sentence was handed down on Nov. 19.

    Gary L. Pugh, 63, of Crossville died on May 29, 2009, after Lawson crashed her vehicle into his on Hwy. 70 near Rockwood.

    Lawson is to report to the Tennessee Department of Corrections on Jan. 2, 2014, to be taken into custody.

    As part of her sentence, her driving privileges have been revoked for 10 years.

  • Harriman ready for new list of longterm goals

    Renovating the Princess Theatre and re-establishing the city’s Industrial Development Board are two items Harriman officials can check off their list of longterm goals.

    “We are at a point now we need to re-establish the goals and objectives,” Councilman Lonnie Wright said.

    Harriman City Council will revisit the city’s longterm vision during a Tuesday workshop.
    The workshop starts at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like ...

    Odds and ends scattered across a tabletop don’t look like they’d turn into much, but Jesse Rittenhouse recently proved he can take the most mismatched items and create something special.

    The owner of Adkisson’s Flowers and Gifts in Harriman was the Harriman Garden Club’s November guest speaker.

    To demonstrate his point, he used Christmas items brought in by club members to decorate a wreath.

    A red ribbon, angel tree topper, tiny wooden decorations, ball-shaped ornaments and many other items found their way into the wreath.

  • Legal custom prompts McCarroll uproar

    Lawyers drawing up orders for judges to sign is a common practice in the Roane County court system.

    “Sometimes the judge gets mad about something and he draws the order, but the general rule is lawyers always prepare the order and the judge signs them,” said longtime Harriman attorney Bill Newcomb.

    The practice created some controversy recently.

    In June, Roane County Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. signed an order restoring the citizenship rights for convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll.

  • Oh, deer! Bad time to be wandering around

     

    Deer season is in full swing in Tennessee, but this pair is apparently oblivious to hunters who might want to claim them as they meander in a South of the River field. They didn’t escape the eye of Roane County News photographer Kaitlin Keane, though. With her weapon of choice — a Nikon, in this case — she shot them in a safe manner that captures their beauty on a rural fall afternoon.

  • Chamber shopping spree kicks off Wednesday

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s shopping spree kicks off Nov. 27, and Chamber officials are reminding consumers to shop at participating Chamber businesses to have a chance at winning $1,000 in cash prizes.

    The winning name(s) will be drawn at noon Dec. 17 at The Roane Alliance.

    The last day to enter the contest will be Dec.  15.

    “We love this program here at the Chamber,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson.

  • State Capitol Christmas tree grown near Oliver Springs

    Reaching more than 50 feet skyward, a tall Norway spruce is making the trip from its Morgan County mountaintop near Oliver Springs to the big city.

    The spruce has been selected as the Tennessee State Christmas tree and will soon be decorated and on display at the State Capitol in Nashville.

    “The UT Institute of Agriculture is honored to provide the tree for the enjoyment of the state’s citizens during the 2013 holiday season,” said Martin Schubert, manager of UT’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

  • Coalfield splits with Bobcats

     

    Decisive. 

    That's about all that can be said in regards to the 50-6 win by the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats over the Coalfield Thursday night at Coalfield. 

  • Mt. Pisgah picks up sweep

     

    The Mount Pisgah Christian Academy Lady Patriots extinguished the Maryville Apostolic Lady Flames by a 50-32 tally on Tuesday afternoon. 

    The Lady Patriots started the game on an 8-0 run before the Lady Flames went on a 6-0 surge of their own. Not to be outdone, the Lady Patriots went on a 7-2 tilt to close out the period with a 15-8 edge. 

  • Lady Jackets pick up close wins

     

    The Cherokee Lady Yellow Jackets picked up a pair of wins last week in differing fashions.

    First up was a home game against Philadelphia and Ashlee Brackett’s squad needed a fourth quarter rally and then overtime to knock off the Lady Warriors, 35-30.