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Today's News

  • TWRA asks to leave wildlife wild

    TWRA Release

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    TWRA offices receive an increase in calls regarding abandoned wildlife each spring. Calls received are most often about typical wildlife behavior and not truly abandoned young. Following are a few tips to keep wildlife wild.

  • Payback for Kingston delayed

    Thursday night brought bad weather, and it brought a region championship game at Loudon High School as the Yellow Jackets from Roane County High School travelled to take on the Redskins in soccer action.

    The region championship game was a rematch of the district championship game that was played just one week earlier.

    With both the Redskins and the Yellow Jackets winning their contests on Tuesday night, it ensured that they both will advance to the sub state round along with being two of the final 16 teams left in the state in AA soccer.

  • ’Boro bound

    It was a long time coming.
    The seniors of the Kingston Lady Jackets had been working toward Saturday afternoon’s 4-1 sub-state victory against Unicoi County in Erwin since at least sixth grade.
    “I’m very proud of the girls,” Lady Jacket Coach Wendy Johnson said. “They have worked hard all of their lives and it’s apparent they know what they’re doing.
    “God has blessed them.”
    The win punched Kingston’s ticket for its first appearance in the softball state tournament for more than a decade.

  • Yellow Jackets out sting Bees

    Tuesday night, the Roane County High School Yellow Jackets travelled to Baxter and beat the Bee’s of Upperman High School, 2-1, in a marathon soccer region semi final game.

    The Bee’s knocked off Dekalb County, in their district finals to secure the home field advantage in the contest as the Yellow Jackets lost to Loudon in their respected district finals.

  • Kingston can’t hold off Gibbs

    By David W. Doonan

    ddoonan@roanecounty.com

    Anemic hitting and errors in defense loomed large in the Lady Jackets 12-1 defeat at the hands of the Gibbs Lady Eagles in their Division 1 2AA Section 2 playoff game at Gibbs High School Thursday evening.

    A fifth inning rally was too little too late, and the game was called under the 10-run mercy rule.

    Strong pitching by Gibbs was hard to overcome, as their pitcher was hurling a no hitter up to that point.

    “We need to play better” commented Kingston coach Wendy Johnson.

  • Van-truck crash injures four

    Traffic was snarled on the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon due to a crash involving a van and a tractor-trailer.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said Melvin Dean Branson, 47, of Rockwood was driving a Roane Metals Group semi-truck loaded with shredded automobiles when he lost control of the rig while negotiating the curve at the westbound 347 exit at Harriman.

    The truck lost control, tipped over and spilled its cargo onto the roadway.

  • Turbine may remain to preserve papermill history

    A monument to Harriman’s industrial past may be preserved in the cleanup of the Harriman papermill property.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cleaning up the site along the Emory River through the Superfund program.

    As part of the cleanup, Harriman officials have been asked if they’d like to keep a steam turbine that remains in one of the dilapidated buildings.

    “I think it would be a good memento,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

  • Woman: Helper turned stalker

    A woman who said she was in need of a child’s car seat told Rockwood police that she was stalked by the man who helped her out.

    Robert Bargy, the purported stalker, steadfastly denies the allegations, however.

    The encounter happened on May 8 at the Rockwood Walmart.

    “I spoke with Laura Lunsford who told me that she was needing a car seat for a 1-year-old,” officer Jared Hall wrote in the police report. “She said that Jerry Wells had asked on Facebook for help getting it.”

    Bargy offered to help out.

  • Rockwood ‘Turkey’ chase stopped in Eagle Furnace

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich reported getting into a pursuit on Sunday.

    The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. when Haubrich said he clocked a Chevrolet TrailBlazer on South Gateway Avenue traveling 22 miles over the 40 mph speed limit.

    “When I turned around to stop the vehicle, it accelerated and continued to head southbound on Spring City Hwy.,” the report said.

    “I turned my lights and siren on in order to catch up to the vehicle.”

  • McCLINTON rocks the PRINCESS