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Today's News

  • Senators sweep Raiders on senior night

    The Roane State basketball teams closed out the regular season by dropping a pair of conference games against Walters State on sophomore day, Feb. 25.
    The Raiderettes were beater 61-50 by the Lady Senators, while the Raiders lost 75-65.
    Walters State 61, Roane State 50: The Lady Raiders led 14-8 after the first quarter behind Lacy Cantrell's eight points. Ema Plentauskaite buried a 3-point basket. Martoria Patton had four points for the Lady Senators.

  • Dry Bones Shelter aims to give Warm Beginnings

    A shelter to help people get on their feet has been a dream of Dwayne Linger’s for more than a year.

    He saw his vision come to fruition with this week’s opening of the project, officially called “Dry Bones” Shelter with Warm Beginnings.

    “It’s here, and it’s a blessing to see what God has done,” Linger said. “We can’t do it without Him.”

  • It’s official: Rockwood water rates going up

    Water customers in Rockwood will be paying more soon.

    The Rockwood City Council approved final reading on a 2.5 percent rate increase on water rates at its meeting Monday, Feb. 27.

    One customer said he preferred this small increase rather than bigger ones down the road.

    “I think with that 2.5, if that is what we are speaking of, that is good,” said Glenn Gabriel.

    It will make inside the city minimum rates for 1 to 200 cubic feet $13.07. Outside rates will be $22.85 and those living in South Roane County will be $29.77.

  • County ad hoc board to look into lake weeds

    The Roane County Commission and the County Environmental Review Board are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work addressing the issue of invasive aquatic weeds.

    The action follows a Feb. 6 informational workshop for Commission and the public. The workshop attracted several hundred property owners, fishermen and others interested in how the county will deal with the weeds.

    Commission Chairman Ron Berry said Monday that he will be putting together an ad hoc weed study committee later this month.

  • Poo for the POOL

    All eyes were on Clyde the Donkey at Roane State’s Henry Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center Tuesday evening, as Roane Aquatics hosted a “donkey drop” to raise funds that will go toward enclosing the swimming pool at Rockwood Community Center.

    “We’re trying to raise $100,000,” said Cassandra Dothard, the club’s president.

  • Convicted sex offender sentenced to 18 years

    A convicted sex offender is going to prison after pleading guilty to more sex crimes earlier this week.

    Christopher John Clark, 52, was indicted in 2014 on three counts of child rape.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    Clark was sentenced to nine years on each count. The sentences will run consecutively for a total sentence of 18 years.

    The third count was dismissed as part of his plea deal, which also prohibits him from contacting the victim.

  • Doctor hires attorney to fight DUI

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote has hired Kingston attorney Pat Cooley to defend him against a DUI charge.

    Cooley declined to comment on the case when approached about it at the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday morning. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 20.

    Foote is charged with DUI, registration violation, proof of insurance and failure to yield. He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last October.

  • Chillin’ out with Chili
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Our village idiots are all right here at home

    In all likelihood, most of our readers are too young to remember a popular insult that made the rounds some years ago when someone had made a particularly stupid remark, or committed a particularly stupid act.

    It went something like this: “Some where in America, a village has lost its idiot. I think I’ve just found him.”

  • HARRIMAN ADVANCES

    The Harriman Blue Devils placed four players in double figures to defeat the Coalfield Yellow Jackets 76-72 to advance into the semifinals of the Region 2A basketball tournament Tuesday night against Meigs County.
    Harriman is seeking its first berth in the sections since 2011 when they lost at Hampton 86-64 after losing to Jellico in the region championship game 70-68.
    Isaiah McClain led the Blue Devils with 27 points, followed by Joe Pace (21), Hayden Bingham (10) and Josh Davis (13).