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Today's News

  • Tigers edged, season ends

    By Jack Sims

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Tears were shed Monday evening in Rockwood. The Tigers of Rockwood High School ended their season in the oppressive heat and humidity with a loss to the Patriots of Chattanooga High School of Arts and Sciences, 13-12.

  • One is all that was needed

    One plus one equals three.

    All it took was one spectacular defensive play and one inning of offense for the Kingston Lady Jackets to beat Union County, 3-1, Monday night in the first round of the Region 2 softball playoffs.

    “These girls are determined and they are focused,” Kingston Coach Wendy Johnson said. “I’ve said it all year that I will ride their coat tails as far as they’ll take me.”

    The game had been a pitcher’s duel between Kingston’s Emily Workman and the Lady Patriots’ Makayla Lever.

  • Kelley’s widow to finish his term

    Roane County Commission voted 8-5 Monday to allow the late Steve Kelley’s widow to serve the remainder of his District 4 Commission term.

    Renee Kelley was sworn in during a 10-minute break and sat with the Commission afterward.

    “I have big shoes to fill,” she said.

    Steve Kelley’s term expires on Aug. 31. That’s how long Renee Kelley will serve in the seat. She is not running in the Aug. 2 election.

  • Man called ‘menace’ gets 13 years in prison

    A Rockwood man described by authorities as both a “career criminal” and a “menace to society” is facing more than a decade in prison.

    A Roane County jury found Larry Adkisson guilty of aggravated burglary and theft last November.

    On May 8, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Adkisson to 12 years as a career offender for the theft conviction and 13 years as a persistent offender for the aggravated burglary conviction.

  • Park speeders getting tickets

    Speeders, beware blue lights flashing at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    Harriman City Councilman Tim Johnson raised concerns about speeding in the park and worried a child might be struck as they crossed the roadway.

    In response, Harriman police are running radar and writing tickets or warnings to violators.

  • New ISO could save 7-8% in fire insurance

    The improved ISO fire protection rating in Kingston offers multiple benefits to residents and homeowners.

    The reduction of Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating from a 4 to a 2 means residents can sleep better knowing they have some of the best fire protection in the state.

    The new rating can also mean discounts on fire protection insurance, said Johnny Griffin, president of Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston.

  • Five-year plan includes goals for Watkins evaluation

    The Roane County Board of Education has a “Director Evaluation Committee” that met last week and discussed a five-year plan for the school system. That plan could include goals that might be used to evaluate Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Fort prime example of revisionism

    By Mark Banker

    The recent opening of the National Museum of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., reveals an important, generally overlooked historical message that could have profound implications for our ongoing schools debate in Roane County.

    With laser-like focus on the practice of lynching, the Montgomery museum is only one of numerous new institutions that focus on aspects of our nation’s long-overlooked struggle over civil rights. Indeed, those museums’ growth are the latest round in that cause.

  • Pair of juvenile boys arrested for setting home ablaze

    Two juveniles are accused of setting an empty Harriman Housing Authority home on fire early Monday morning.

    The house fire was at 1738 Bennett Circle.

    “We’ll be placing charges against them,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

    A Harriman Police Department press release said Detectives Sgt. Kent Warren and Brian Turner apprehended the two boys responsible for the fire later on Monday.

    Detectives received a tip from the former tenant of the home who told them the youths had been at the home the previous night.

  • WHEEL TAX ON BALLOT

    Roane County voters could head to the polls in November to decide whether the county will implement a $50 wheel tax to help fund the Board of Education’s $68 million school building plan, the County Commission decided on Monday.

    For many Commissioners, putting the wheel tax on the ballot is a way to ensure voters have a say in the controversial $68 million plan.