Today's News

  • Little house looms large in exec race



    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer told commissioners in January there was nothing illegal about his decision to renovate a small white house adjacent to the new jail.

    One of the candidates planning to run against him in the August election begs to differ.

    “The more you look into that, it makes less and less sense every time,” Ron Woody said. “It’s a wonder somebody hasn’t called the DA to say, ‘Hey, you need to look into this.’”

  • Will Kilgore testify in ash spill lawsuits?



    TVA President/CEO Tom Kilgore had a terse response when asked if the fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant was preventable.

    “Everything is preventable, including any car accident you have,” Kilgore said on Dec. 23, 2008, a day after a dike failure at the plant released 5.4 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Motorist charged in cyclist’s road death



    The driver of a pickup that struck and killed an avid Oak Ridge cyclist on Gallaher Road will face charges.

    A Roane County grand jury returned an indictment for criminally negligent homicide against driver Justin Anthony Pattterson in the Aug. 25 death of John W. Daugherty.

    Daugherty, 78, was an accomplished cyclist who participated in many road races and cycling events.

    Daugherty was riding toward Oak Ridge on the shoulder of Hwy. 58 in Kingston when he was struck.

  • County borrows millions



    Roane County Commission has given its stamp of approval for the county to borrow several million dollars for a number of capital projects and the refinancing of outstanding debt.

    All together, the county’s loans will be around $8.8 million. Morgan Keegan representative Scott P. Gibson said that money includes about $3.4 million in new debt and refinancing about $5.4 million in old debt, including a number of capital outlay notes.

    Commissioners were not unanimous in their votes for the loans.

  • Chemistry a key for Bobcats


    Roane Newspapers

    There's no I in team, but there is in chemistry and that's one thing Oliver Springs seniors Rue Eskridge, Tyler Harper, Wesley Rather, Lucas Tarver and Justin Taylor have a lot of.

    As Oliver Springs prepares for next week's TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro, Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram will rely on that chemistry and talent as the Bobcats look to bring home a state championship.

  • Perseverance pays off for Blue Devils


    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman head coach Jeff King knew his Blue Devils had a lot of potential at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. He also knew his team was young and would struggle at times learning how to compete at a championship level. He knew if his team would survive they would have to persevere.

  • Wassom sworn in with late-husband's Bible



    Judy Wassom made a vow to the people of Rockwood immediately after taking her oath of office Monday as a new member of Rockwood City Council.

    “I’ve got to quit running stop signs,” she quipped as laughter ensued. “I’m going to work on that.”

    That was one of the lighter moments in what was perhaps one of the more poignant openings of a Rockwood council meeting, the first since the untimely death of Wassom’s husband and council predecessor, Stan Wassom.

  • Turnovers cost Bobcats in 50-44 loss


    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats have overcome a lot of obstacles on their way to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament, but they couldn't overcome 21 turnovers Wednesday in a 50-44 loss at the hands of Grace Baptist Academy of Chattanooga.

    "I'm proud of them," Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram said of his team following the game. "I thought we played hard today, but we didn't take care of the ball very well today. We had 11 more turnovers than them (Grace) and that's too many possessions to give away."

  • 'Boro bound Bobcats


    Roane Newspapers

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats had been knocking on the door of greatness since joining Class A five years ago. Monday night at Hampton, the Bobcats knocked the door down with a 49-43 victory that earns the Bobcats their first TSSAA State Tournament appearance since 1999.

    Staring with the 2005-06 season, the Bobcats had won the District 4-A regular season or tournament title in each of the past four seasons, but they couldn't duplicate that success after district play.

  • Burned body part of "elaborate suicide,' officials say


    A call to a brush fire took a strange turn early this week.

    A man’s body was found burning in the fire in a wooded area behind his home on Monday evening.

    His wife is the one who called in the fire, authorities said.

    “We’re calling it some sort of elaborate suicide,” said Kristin Helms, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Helms said the man has been identified as Victor Gordon of 151 Scenic View Drive, Roane County.