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Today's News

  • Snodgrass at helm of Rhapsody in Blue Band

    Harriman High School’s Rhapsody in Blue marching band has a new director.

    David Snodgrass is now taking the helm.

    The Middle Tennessee State University graduate is hoping to expand on the talented crew he has.

    “I definitely want to grow this band. I know it will start at the middle school level, getting more middle school students involved,” he said.

    Snodgrass is bringing some flavor to this year’s marching season.

  • Early voting starts today

    Take advantage of early voting.

    That’s the message from Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “You never know what the weather is going to be like on Election Day,” he said. “If they have the opportunity to vote early, I’d advise them to do that.”

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election starts today – Friday – and runs through July 28.

    “A Tennessee or federal photo ID is all they need,” Holiway said.

  • Set tourney not a swing and a “wiff”

    National Wiffle
    Tournament

    The National Wiffle Tournament returns to Roane County for another year. It is scheduled to be played at Drack’s Track in Harriman July 20-22. Teams from nine different states will compete for the title of best wiffle ball team. Admission is free for anyone who wants to watch the competition.
    July 21
    9 am     Golden Sticks v Augusta FP*
        Busch Lights v Bench Warmers FP
        ETW v ATL MP
    10am    ETW v Jazz FP*

  • Summer starts with seven

    h less than a month to go for the start of the high school football season, the Rockwood Tigers squared off with Sunbright Tuesday evening in a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Civitan Field. Above left: The Tiger receiver stretches to haul in a pass. Top right: Rockwood’s quarterback gets off a picture perfect pass.

  • Rasslin’ headlocks at armory
  • $67M SCHOOL PLAN NOT IN NEW BUDGET

    Commissioners who support the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan sat silent when the property tax rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year came up for discussion at Monday’s meeting.

    They could have moved to raise the rates to generate funding for the plan, but none did.

    Commissioner Darryl Meadows said it came down to simple math.

    “The votes just aren’t there,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

  • Teen back to juvenile court on murder charge

    The case of a teen who shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend is returning to juvenile court.

    Jacob Kinney’s second-degree murder juvenile case was transferred to Roane County Criminal Court last year, but a grand jury failed to indict him on that charge, instead going for a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that is not one of the transferable charges from juvenile court, and the defense argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court.

  • Serial burglar arrested five days into 60-day furlough

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink’s 60-day furlough has been revoked. The move came following his arrest on Saturday for violation of probation.

    “The offender tested positive for opiates on July 6, 2018 and signed a self-admission form,” the violation of probation warrant states.

    Fink, 37, pleaded guilty in 17 separate burglary cases in March. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to 12 years in prison on July 2, but gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.

  • Broadband town hall set Friday

    The public is invited to a town hall meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the office of Rockwood Electric Utility to discuss rural broadband access.

    The meeting will be hosted by Roane County Commissioners Ron Berry and Darryl Meadows.

    “This is a chance for residents to learn more about broadband access in their community,” Berry said.

    State Sen. Ken Yager will also be in attendance to provide his perspective on the legislative side of the issue.

    Representatives from AT&T and Volunteer Energy will be in attendance. 

  • Presentation to address Poplar Springs project

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson will be hosting a presentation on the Poplar Creek project on July 25 at Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs.

    The presentation, which will begin at noon, will be hosted by Collier Engineering.

    Lunch will be provided.

    After the presentation, attendees will be able to travel to the Poplar Creek location for a site inspection.