Today's News

  • State cuts big blow to Dunn Center


    Roane Newspapers

    What looked like a good Christmas present could turn out to be a lump of coal for special-needs facilities like Michael Dunn Center.

    The good news was Michael Dunn officials said they might not have the 5.7 percent cuts in state fees based on their services for October-December.

    But it appears the facility will be greeting the new year with a series of deeper cuts from the state.

    Wade Creswell, Michael Dunn’s director of development responsibilities, explained the situation.

  • Developers contend Harriman owes them


    Roane Newspapers

    An investigation released by state auditors last spring showed that Pinnacle Pointe developers owe Harriman more than $230,000 for work the city paid for excavating and grading the site.

    Now the developers have come back with an audit of their own that indicates the city instead owes them more than $200,000.

    Jim Scott, a former assistant district attorney at the Kingston office, is representing Steve Kirk-ham and Jerry Duncan, partners in Prestige Land Co. which developed Pinnacle Pointe.

  • Rockwood splits with Unaka


    Roane Newspapers

    The Rockwood High School basketball teams kicked off Roane County’s portion of the Harriman Christmas Classic on Thursday, squaring off against Unaka.

    Both teams were looking to build momentum for their upcoming district schedules in the holiday tournament.

    However, on Thursday, only one Rockwood team came away with a victory.

  • Tellico sweeps Harriman


    Roane Newspapers

    Tellico Plains handed both Harriman teams defeats Thursday evening during the Harriman Christmas Classic.

    An early lead kept Tellico Plains ahead for a 69-55 win against the Lady Devils.

    The Harriman boys stayed within sight of victory but slipped by a slim loss of 69-62.

    Girls Game

    The Harriman Lady Devils were looking for a belated Christmas present in the form of a victory against the Tellico Plains Lady Bears, but came up with the metaphorical lump of coal instead with a 69-55 setback.

  • Crete still coming to Roane


    Roane Newspapers

    Have you wondered what happened to trucking firm that bought Atomic Speedway and plans to build a trucking center there?

    Crete Carrier Corp. paid $1.3 million for the property last January and announced plans to start work on its trucking center as early as this fall.

    The problem is, things haven’t worked as quickly as Crete officials hoped.

    “It’s taken a little longer to get things put together,” said Karel Znamenacek, executive vice president of the Lincoln, Neb.-based firm.

  • Santa may bring it, but recycling center makes it go away


    Roane Newspapers

    A flood of cardboard, wrapping paper and other trimmings was almost enough to have Roane County recycling center employees saying, “Bah, humbug.”

    With other county transfer stations closed, as always, on Wednesday, the remnants of Christmas Day ended up at the recycling center.

    “It has been a madhouse. We already emptied that compactor twice this morning,” center employee Larry Clark said.

  • Calendar of Events

    Editors note: The deadline for including items in this section is at least one week before the event.

    FRIDAY, DEC. 28

    Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Midtown Valley United Methodist Church. Call Lee at 376-3023 for details.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency senior activities will have bowling at 1 p.m. in Tri-City Lanes, Midtown. Call 354-0450 for details.


    Serene Solutions, an Alcoholics Anonymous group, will meet at 6 p.m. in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile. Call Amanda at 567-5251 or 717-7010 for details.

  • Roane County News All-County Team Announced


    Roane Newspapers

    The 2007 football season was a good one for the Midway Green Waves. In fact, it was the best in school history as Craig Moser’s squad recorded a school-record 11 wins on their way to an 11-2 record and a berth in the TSSAA Class A State Quarterfinals.

    That success has landed eight Green Waves on the 2007 Roane County News All-County Football Team with three Green Waves earning superlative awards.

  • Lawyer says Houston case taking too long


    Roane Newspapers

    Accused murderer Leon Houston has been incarcerated for more than 19 months without a trial.

    That has his lawyer steamed.

    “One of my greatest concerns that I’ve tried to voice since day one is this case is going to end up taking far too long,” attorney James Logan said.

    Now, after numerous hearings, motion filings, legal maneuvers and even mental evaluations for the defendants, there’s still no end in sight to the Houston case.

  • Help on the landscape for war-torn family


    Roane Newspapers

    After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq almost two years ago, Tonya Herrera heard many horror stories of people taking advantage of widows of soldiers.

    In this respect, Herrera has been lucky. She has some green-thumbed guardian angels watching out for her.

    Herrera, originally of Harriman, moved back to Roane County from California after her husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt, David Herrera, was killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.