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Today's News

  • Sampson: Pain pill addiction problem almost ‘epidemic’

    Methamphetamine labs are one of the hot topics right now, but prescription pill abuse is one of the biggest drug problems in the state.

    “In fact, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older,” according to the website www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson wants to meet in a council workshop with state legislators and District Attorney Russell Johnson on how to curb the abuse.

  • Lowe’s worker charged with identity theft

    Harriman police charged a Lowe’s employee with identify theft last month.

    Ali Nelson is accused of attempting to open a Lowe’s credit card account in her ex-husband’s name.

    According to the arrest warrant, Michael Court contacted Harriman police about the matter on Jan. 9.

    “The victim said he recently received a notice from credit reporting agency Experian that someone attempted to open a credit card in his name at Lowe’s in Harriman, but the account was denied,” the warrant said.

  • Election 2014: Candidates and potential hopefuls

    Qualifying petitions FILED for candidacy in the Aug. 7 Roane County General Election or state primary:

    BOARD OF EDUCATION
    District 1 (1 seat)

    • Sam Doughty¶
    District 5/6 (1 seat)

    • Vic King*

    CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
    • Randy Ellis

    CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
    • Kim R. Nelson¶

    COUNTY ATTORNEY
    • Greg Leffew¶

  • Bingo for Books

    B-14 ...

    “Do I have it?” Cade Harrison asks his father.

    I-28 ...

    “Do I have it?” the 4-year-old again asks.

    G-48 ...

    “Do I have it?”

    Matt Harrison replies to his son’s question the same as the first two times — with the shake of his head.

    The father and son were among those participating in Dyllis Springs Elementary School’s Bingo for Books night.

  • Blue Devils swept by Grace Christian

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

    School may have been out Thursday, but that didn't stop the Harriman Blue Devils from lacing up their sneakers and taking on the Rams of Grace Christian. 

  • Cherokee advances to Area 4-AAA title game

     

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets earned a berth in last Friday’s Area 4-AAA Championship Game Thursday evening by knocking off North Middle, 41-30.

    Thursday’s victory also secured Mike Snow’s squad a spot in the TMSAA East Tennessee AAA Sectional Tournament that is being played this week in Sevierville.

  • Deadline approaching for TWRA spring quota hunt applications

     

    The Feb. 5 deadline is nearing for applications for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 2014 Spring Turkey Quota Hunts. The application period began Dec. 18, 2013. 

  • TMSAA Sectional tournaments start Saturday

     

    As few as three and as many as five middle school teams from Roane County are hoping to burn up the roads in Sevier County starting Saturday with the opening round of the TMSAA East Tennessee Sectionals.

    Three teams from Roane County have already secured berths in the AA tourney at Pigeon Forge. 

  • Snowstorm sneaks up on community

    We were ready for the cold.

    It was the snow that slipped up on us — and on forecasters in East Tennessee.

    “It really developed in the 24 hours leading up to when we started getting snowfall,” said Derek Eisentrout, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown on Wednesday.

    He explained that a front was moving into the Southern Appalachians and a “portion hung up in the mountains and did not move.”

    Initially forecasters believed the front would move through and not cause precipitation.

  • School funding formula gets look

    Local officials were happy to hear that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has formed a task force to study the state’s Basic Education Program.

    “I think it’s a good idea,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “It certainly has some flaws.”

    The Basic Education Program, or BEP, is the state’s funding formula for public schools.

    “You got the urban systems who are upset,” Aytes said. “You got the rural systems who are upset.”