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Today's News

  • OUR OPINION: Disappointment over rejection of ankle bracelets

    It’s a shame the Roane County Commission failed the taxpayers on a potential resource — ankle bracelets — to save taxpayers some revenue while expanding our arsenal to deal with nonviolent crime.

    We’d like to give a nod to the commissioners who voted Monday in favor of the measure, which would have allocated $25,000 for an ankle-bracelet monitoring program.

    The commissioners who stuck their necks out in an effort to save taxpayers some money were Copper Bacon, James Brummett, Randy Ellis, Jerry Goddard, Chris Johnson and Fred Tedder.

  • Political parties need to put on big-boy pants

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    A few weeks ago, the Republican National Committee issued a 100-page report aimed at reviving the GOP after its poor showing in last November’s elections. It was remarkably blunt about the specifics of the party’s shortcomings — its lack of inclusiveness, its hapless data initiatives, its poor grassroots organizing.

    What it did not take on, however, was an issue the RNC can do little about: the diminished influence, if not irrelevance, of both major parties in American politics.

  • Odd Lots: Documenting the quirky side of Roane County

     

    A figure dressed to be a small child was intended to casually lean up against this 1957 Chevy, but instead looks more like a victim after it blew over at the Rockwood Thunder Road car show Saturday .
     

  • Quirky crime of the day

    Altered bar codes reportedly allowed a man to dupe Walmart last month.

    According to a Rockwood police report, the man purchased two PlayStation 3 games at 9:47 a.m. on March 24.

    “At about 1:22 p.m. the same day he returned two cheaper PS3 games that had the bar codes to the ones from this morning on them,” the report said. “He was able to get his full money back on the games as security did not catch the altered bar codes until later in the day.”   

  • Did you know

    ... that Oliver Springs falls into three counties?
    Parts of the town lie in Roane, Anderson and Morgan counties.
    You might think that’s unique in the state of Tennessee.
    You’d be thinking wrong.
    According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, three other municipalities fall into three counties.
    They are Johnson City (Carter, Sullivan and Johnson counties) in northeast Tennessee; Milledgeville (Chester, Hardin and McNairy counties) in southwest Tennessee; and McKenzie (Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties) in northwest Tennessee.

  • Truck and tractor show at Roane State Expo Center

    Truck and tractor enthusiasts can get an eyeful at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this weekend at the Roane State Community College Exposition Center.

    At noon Saturday, a truck cruise-in will start at Roane State and travel toward Rocky Top General Store in Harriman, and then down Hwy. 29 and Pine Ridge Road to Hwy. 70 before heading back to the college.

  • Lady Tigers sweep Greenback in district opener

    By TYLER MANNING

    Roane Newspapers

  • Harriman rolls past Coalfield

    Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning of Harriman’s game with Coalfield, it appeared the game was heading toward a fantastic finish as the game was tied 2-2. But Harriman’s next two trips to the plate led to 11 straight runs as the Blue Devils rolled to a 13-2 victory.

  • Lady Jackets win three

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets softball team spent their weekend of the season taking on tough competition in a tournament. The latest tournament took place in Kingsport as the Lady Jackets picked up three wins against two losses in the 2013 Eastman Invitational.

  • Grace tops Midway, 2-0

    The Grace Christian Academy Rams are the favorites to win the District 3-A championship in 2013, but the Midway Green Wave traveled to Knoxville last Tuesday and gave the Rams all they could handle before Grace Christian picked up a 2-0 victory.

    Despite failing to score, Midway had their chances, especially in the early innings.