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Today's News

  • Early bloomers

  • Rain holds off long enough for 'Cats to pick up first win

    A regulation high school baseball game lasts seven innings, but so far this season the Oliver Springs Bobcats have had trouble playing a regular game.

    On Tuesday, the Bobcats played more than seven innings as they lost their season opener to Greenback in eight innings, 6-2.

  • KOC crowns girls league champions

    The basketball action was fast-paced and provided plenty of heart-stopping moments in the inaugural championship games of the Kingston Optimist Club (KOC) girls league held at Roane County High School (RCHS).  

  • Harriman’s daring $1 offer

    Harriman officials are considering a $1 gamble that could really pay off.
    They are looking at a $1-a-year lease of the current Roane Medical Center’s downtown structure to the Veterans Administration for a hospital to help those who served in the armed forces.
    “It’s a long shot, but there are so many things that are right about it,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason about the possible deal. “The location; the relation to where it is on Interstate 40.”

  • Hurley’s dog ejected from courthouse

    Dogs aren’t allowed in the Roane County Courthouse unless they are assisting a disabled person.
    State Rep. Julia Hurley found that out recently when she brought her pedigreed Chinese crested into the building.
    It’s a tiny, mostly hairless breed with a long, lion-like mane.
    “It kind of caught me off guard to see a dog walking in the middle of the courthouse,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.
    Woody responded by asking security to remove the dog.
    That didn’t sit well with Hurley.

  • Preservation committee seeks new direction

    With grant opportunities scarce, the Temperance Building committee in Harriman is thinking of a new approach for funding preservation efforts.
    The committee is going to turn into a nonprofit to seek private money, said Mike Demyanovich.
    The Temperance Building held the first offices of the East Tennessee Land Co., which was responsible for land sales in the city’s birth as a Prohibition-era utopia. It later became the home of the American Temperance University.
    Demyanovich said the needed work at the Temperance Building would cost about $1.5 million.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Stress over shingles has nothing to do with roof

    The tornado outbreaks a couple of Fridays back left a lot of us with a bad case of nerves — but mine was a little different.
    As I headed home to pack for a dash to my boyfriend’s house in Hamilton County, I began to feel an annoying itch on my neck.
    I looked in the mirror and could see blotchy red spots rising. I made a mental note not to scratch, threw my bags in the car and did my best to dodge storms as I headed south.

  • Middle-schoolers get taste of college at Roane State

    Eighth-graders got a taste of what it’s like to be a college student during a daylong visit to Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
    The “College Student for a Day” event on March 7 involved 70 students.
    They participated in an orientation session, class rotations and a variety of hands-on activities that highlighted college programs.

  • Rockwood rounds up narcotics suspects

    A grand jury recently indicted eight people on sale and delivery of Schedule II narcotics.
    So far, six of those suspects have been taken into custody according to Rockwood Police Investigator Josh Rymer.
    Rymer said the majority of the cases involved the sale of Oxycodone.

  • We can celebrate Sunshine Week every day of year

    By KENT FLANAGAN
    Tennessee Coalition for Open Government
    It’s Sunshine Week in America, the one week of the year celebrated by news organizations and open government advocates about keeping government honest.
    Watchdogs of the Fourth Estate have made it their duty to report on the actions taken by local, state and federal government.  And the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, or TCOG, was created to preserve and improve access to public information.