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Today's News

  • REU to demolish downtown buildings

    The remaining structures sharing the block with the new Rockwood Electric Utility offices are on schedule to come down this year.

    The utility purchased the buildings after demolition and construction of their new headquarters damaged the neighboring buildings.

    “I suppose mid-October we will have bids back,” said Kendall Bear, REU manager.

    “I think they’ll start pretty quickly once we get the bids back and approve them. I’d like to be done or on the way to being done at the end of the year.”

  • Police say man didn’t deliver on promise to trim trees

    A 49-year-old Harriman man is accused of taking advantage of the elderly.

    Mickey Jason Pressley was arrested last week on one count of financial exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person.

    According to the warrant, he went to 263 Woodland Drive on May 8, 2017, and met with Jean Sneed.

  • Dad leaves tot to flee from police

    A father reportedly left his 1-year-old son alone in a vehicle to flee from authorities following a Wednesday morning crash.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 31-year-old David Diebel was behind the wheel of a 2015 Buick Encore that was clocked traveling 91 miles per hour on Interstate 40 near the 356 exit.

    “When lights and sirens were activated in an attempt to stop the vehicle, it immediately took the 356 exit,” the THP report said.

  • County X-country teams have good showing

    The Midway girls (top left), Midway boys (above) and the Kingston boys (bottom left) placed in the top 10 at the Cove Lake All Comers event in Caryville recently. The Midway ladies came in second in the competition. The Midway guys finished in third while the Kingston team placed ninth overall.

  • Jackets surf the Green Wave for win

    By Jack Sims

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    In middle school action the Coalfield Yellow Jackets took on the Midway Greenwave and came away winners. The final score was 26 – 9, the Yellow Jackets winning.

    The Greenwave kicked off to open the game and Coalfield took up the challenge.

    With strong running showing early in the game by both sides, the Yellow Jackets were able to march down the field and put the first points on the board. After the missed point after the score was 6 – 0.

  • Dayton ruins Devils’ festivities

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Dayton middle traveled to Harriman on Thursday evening and spoiled the homecoming festivities by defeating the Blue Devils by a final score of 28-0.

    Nasir Stokes was a bright spot for the Blue Devils on special teams with over 100 yards on kickoff returns but Harriman’s offense was overpowered by Dayton’s bigger and stronger defensive line, limiting the Devils to only one first down.

    Dayton took their first four drives down the field and led at the half by a score of 28-0.

  • Cherokee blows out Eagleton

    The Cherokee Middle School football team sent out its eighth-graders on a high note Thursday night by defeating Eagleton, 40-6. above: Behret Branham (45) drags an Eagleton defender along for the ride on the rush attempt. top left: The Cherokee receiver hauls in a pass while staying aware of the location of the defensive player. top right: Parker Brackett (7) fights for yardage in a jumble at the line of scrimmage.

  • Midway goes “Bear” baiting

    By Jack Sims

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    In an absolutely dominating performance the Midway Greenwave washed over, through and around the Tellico Plains Bears with a final score of 39-8.

    On paper, one could have thought that the Bears had the edge. They outnumbered the Greenwave over 2-1 and appeared physically bigger.

    To the Greenwave none of that mattered.

    Midway took the opening kickoff and never looked back.

  • Yellow Jackets lose heartbreaker

    By Michael Lindsay

    for The Roane County News

    If high school football games lasted 47 minutes and 44 seconds, the Kingston High School Yellow Jackets would have recorded their second win of the season on Friday at Class 4A #10-ranked Stone Memorial. However, a full game lasts 48 minutes and the Panthers used every second as they hit the game-winning field goal with 16 seconds remaining to win 23-21 and improve to 6-0 on the season.

  • ’Cats blow out Bulldogs in flag fest

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Two years ago, Oliver Springs’ linebacker Lane Lee was fighting the battle of his life and had to give up his first year of high school football but always knew he would win the battle with leukemia and return to the field to play the game that he loves.

    “He loves to play the game and puts his entire heart into playing on Friday nights”, says Lane’s mother Ashley Lee.