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Today's News

  • Roane State Basketball Camp
  • Coalfield Softball Camp set for July 26

    The Coalfield Lady Jackets softball team will be hosting a softball camp on Tuesday, July 26 at Coalfield School.
    There will be sessions on base running, hitting, throwing, defensive fundamentals, pitching and catching.
    The camp will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with lunch taking place from noon until 1 p.m.
    All ages are welcome and each session will be broken down by age and will be age appropriate.
    The cost for the camp is $40 and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
    For more information, call Lady Jacket head coach Jen Laurendine at 865-850-8523.

  • Devils, Tigers fall in AA opener

    After strong performances in the Dixie Youth AA west sub district, the Rockwood All-Stars and Harriman All-Stars ran into trouble in the opening round of the District 8 AA Tournament Friday night at Tellico Plains, as both suffered opening round losses.

  • Heavens above! Kingston fireworks fan has one last blast

    For more than a decade, Katherine Walker came to her daughter Harriet’s home in Kingston to help host their Fourth of July party and watch the fireworks. She had one of the best seats in the house at the Race Street residence.

    Her perspective will be even closer this year — Mrs. Walker is being shot up in one of the fireworks shells.

    Walker, who died in April at 87, was cremated. Her family has been scattering her ashes in the places the Tullahoma woman loved.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Are you mocking me? Keep up the good work

    One of the highest points on my ridge-top country lane is a nearby utility pole.

    It has been commandeered by a remarkable creature — the most talented mockingbird I have yet to hear.

    Morning and evening, that bird sits up there singing his heart out.

    I’m surprised he doesn’t hav a flock of females swooning around him because, well, he’s just that good.

    As he flashes his white wing bars and cocks his tail, it occurs to me that he is, not doubt, an Elvis among mockingbirds.

  • County raises may be hard to come by

    Pay raises have become a hot button issue as county officials work to put together a budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    “Everything that the employees are buying is increasing, so I feel that the salaries should be increasing as well,” Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said. “That’s my personal opinion.”

    Despite an increase in the cost of goods and services, trustee office employees and others at the courthouse are looking at another year without a raise.

  • SEC fines former county adviser

    A company that previously helped guide Roane County on financial matters will be forking over millions of dollars to resolve its legal woes.

    Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Morgan Keegan & Co. and Morgan Asset Management agreed to pay $200 million to settle fraud charges related to subprime mortgage-backed securities.

  • Outgoing Rockwood council members speak of pride, pain

    A touching moment closed the end of the last regular Rockwood City Council meeting Monday.

    All the outgoing members were honored for their efforts on the council with plaques listing their years of service and the committees they served on.

    Councilwoman Krystal Hennager said she may be leaving her seat but wouldn’t be leaving the council chambers.

    Instead, she’ll be where residents sit and working on projects geared for youth.

    “Save me a seat,” Hennager said.

  • Changes expected for Rockwood council

    Some changes may be in the works for the new Rockwood City Council meets for the first time after its swearing-in today.

    A resolution could mean that Vice Mayor Peggy Evans is replaced with the top vote-getter in this year’s election, Jason Jolly.
    Officials have said that traditionally Evans would remain vice mayor her entire term. However, Mayor James Watts said he wouldn’t object to having someone vote for someone else to be vice mayor.

  • Harriman man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

    STAFF REPORTS
    A Harriman man indicted on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor turned himself in to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office Monday.
    Benjamin Willard Miller, 33, 425 Byrd Avenue, on or around May 6, 2011, possessed “material which includes computer-generated photograph(s) of more than 100 in number, depicting a minor engaging in sexual activity,” the true bill from his June 21 indictment said.
    Roane County Sheriff’s records indicated Miller turned himself in to the detention center. 
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