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Today's News

  • Masked men, counterfeit money in police reports

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    A Rockwood woman told police that she and her husband were robbed in their home Saturday night by two assailants wearing black masks.

    According to a report, the suspects kicked in the front door to the residence at 207 W. Dunn St.

    “Suspects took complainant to her bedroom to get $500 that she keeps on her dresser,” the report said. “Suspects took complainant’s purse with her ID and Verizon pre-paid phone.”

  • Man struck, killed on motorcycle

    A Sunday evening accident involving a car and a motorcycle had deadly results.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Larry Eugene Ballard, 59, of Andersonville was headed north on Hwy. 27 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when a Chevrolet Cavalier turned into his path. Ballard was killed.

    The accident happened around 6:30 p.m.

    The driver of the Cavalier was identified as Crystal Annette Laymance of Harriman. The report said she was attempting a left turn onto the highway when the accident occurred.

  • Election results official

    The Roane County Election Commission certified the results from the Aug. 2 election on Monday.

    The vote total changed from election night because of a few provisional ballots being counted, but the additional votes didn’t alter the outcome of any races.

    For example, Harriman City Council candidate Wayne Best picked up a vote, but his 350 still wasn’t enough to overtake winner Chris Ahler, who finished with 357 votes.

  • ‘Elvis’ putting on show at Princess Theatre

    The King’s greatest hits will be showcased at Harriman’s own crown jewel, the Princess Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 18.

    Elvis Presley enthusiast and musical talent Greg Johnson will don his best jumpsuit and sing some of Elvis’ greatest hits in a show that also includes performances from fellow entertainer Patty Waszak.

    Proceeds from this show will go toward Harriman City Schools Alumni Association’s scholarship fund.

  • Bobcats, Blue Devils tie in jamboree

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Harriman Blue Devils had the same game plan for the 2012 Roane County Football Jamboree in Rockwood as both the Bobcats and Blue Devils played a lot of players in what turned out to be a 7-7 tie.

  • Sheriff's office investigating homicide

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an elderly man as a homicide.
    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips identified the victim as Russell C. Blevins of 138 Hart Orchard Road.
    “We believe he died as the result of a gunshot wound,” he said.
    Blevins, 85, was found in his home Sunday evening. Phillips said he was notified around 8:15 p.m. 
    “I believe a family member hadn’t heard from him, went to check on him, found him and then notified the 911 center,” he said. 

  • School's out for kids who need their shots

    Parents and guardians of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, seventh-graders and new enrollees to Roane County Schools are reminded to make sure those students are up-to-date on their immunizations.

    Schools in the Roane County system start on Monday. Students requiring immunizations will be unable to attend school unless they have one of the following:

    • Completed immunization certificate.

    • Temporary immunization certificate.

  • Harriman’s Randy Lunsford excels at Governor’s School

    Harriman High School student Randy Lunsford was among 36 students who was chosen for a five-week summer opportunity to get insight into what the college experience is like.

    Lunsford and the other students were part of the Governor’s School for Information Technology Leadership at Tennessee Tech University.

    Throughout their time at Tech, the students lived in dorms, took two college classes and were taught how to write a business plan.

  • Doughty recipient of Tech scholarship

    Adam Doughty of Rockwood was recently recognized at the Tennessee Tech University’s 37th annual College of Business Scholarships and Awards Banquet.

     Doughty, a junior basic business major, received the 2012 Building a Foundation for the Future Endowed Scholarship from the TTU College of Business.

     He was among a group of 129 students to be recognized in front of donors, award recipients and their families, faculty and business alumni as nearly $143,000 in scholarships was distributed.

  • Personnel gearing up for first day of school

    School in Roane County will begin Aug. 13, with a half day for students and a full day for faculty and staff.

    Parents and students are preparing for the new school year by buying school supplies and replacing outgrown clothes.

    Teachers have been participating in training sessions to keep pace with a rapidly changing curriculum and standards. Principals and maintenance staffs are scrutinizing buildings to make certain everything will be ready for students to walk through the doors.