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Today's News

  • Gas $3 a gallon for 1,000-plus days

    The national average price of gasoline surpassed $3 per gallon on Tuesday for the 1,000th consecutive day for the first time on record, reported AAA.

    The current streak began on Dec. 23, 2010. AAA forecasts the national average will remain above $3 per gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.

    “Tennessee gas prices didn’t reach $3 a gallon on Feb. 18, 2011,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman for The Auto Club Group.

  • Rockwood crushes Meigs County, 47-6

     

    By TYLER MANNING

    Roane Newspapers

  • Rams overpower Devils

     

    The Grace Christian Academy Rams rolled past the Harriman Blue Devils 54-0 Friday night at Grace Christian. 

    On Grace's first play from scrimmage they scored on a 62-yard touchdown pass. The two point play was good to make the score to 8-0 with 11:33 to go in the opening quarter. 

  • Kingston no match for Alcoa, 70-13

     

    Friday night was a rough night for the Kingston Yellow Jackets as the Alcoa Tornadoes rolled into Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field and downed Brian Pankey’s squad, 70-13.

    Alcoa scored on each of their nine offensive possessions and once on special teams in picking up the win.

  • Korea War prompted Rockwood man’s first time away from home

    In 1950, a train left Rockwood heading north with some of the small city’s finest young men.
    “Oh yes, we rode on the train,” said Bill Kirby.  “The first time I ever been away from home.”
    “Uncle Sam needed me,” he explained. The Korean Conflict had begun.
    A  picture of the group shows a mixture of expressions — jovial smiles of boys that didn’t seem to fear the future, and others who appeared anxious, maybe even holding back tears.

  • Working meth labs found in Harriman

    A house on Old Roane Street in Harriman was put under quarantine and a woman was arrested last week after police said several “one-pot” meth labs were discovered there.
    Casey Mills, 19, is charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of methamphetamine.

    According to the warrant, police were dispatched to 1637 Old Roane Street after the landlord claimed he found a meth lab behind the storage building.
    Officer Brian D. Turner said he observed an odor commonly associated with meth-making when he stepped inside the house.

  • Exit 350 change reconsidered

    The state appears to be reconsidering its stance on proposed design changes to westbound Exit 350 on Interstate 40.
    The original change called for the elimination of a right merge lane toward Harriman.
    A red light has been approved at the intersection, but plans to eliminate a right lane that merges onto Pine Ridge Road heading to Harriman proper didn’t make sense to many people.
    “The people are against doing that, just like we are,” said Harriman Councilman Lonnie Wright.

  • Feathered meth victim finds home
  • Sheriff denies jail-beating allegations

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Thursday he has yet to hear back from the FBI about the outcome of an investigation into allegations that inmates were being paid by jailers to beat up other inmates.

    “I don’t think there’s anything to it,” the sheriff said. “I just think we got a habitual liar that’s making his allegations to try to manipulate the system.”
    Stockton said the allegations were made by Charles Daniel Mullins, whose rap sheet includes rape, theft and other charges.

  • Kingston budget committee official

    Kingston City Council members will have extra insight into city budget matters throughout the fiscal year after they passed an ordinance establishing a financial review committee.
    According to Mayor Troy Beets, the committee will have no decision-making power, but will act as a liaison between council and city financial planners. The committee will consist of two council members, the city manager, the city budget officer, plus an administrative employee.