Today's News

  • Napier leads Cherokee to next round


    Roane Newspapers

    Cherokee's Jade Napier put on a show Friday night.

    The Lady Jacket point guard scored a game-high 24 points in less than three periods of play to lead Ashley Brackett's squad to a 48-34 victory over Robertsville in the first round of the TMSAA Large School Division Sectional Tournament at Sevierville Middle School.

    Napier and her Lady Jacket teammates put Friday's game away early. Cherokee raced out to an 18-5 lead after six minutes of play with 10 points from Napier leading the way.

  • UPDATE: Police arrest husband in honeymoon murder case



    A man accused of killing his wife while honeymooning in Pigeon Forge is in custody at the Sevier County Jail. Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin said Brian L. Umphrey was captured by Athens police Tuesday afternoon.

    Umphrey, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder. He's accused of killing Cassandra M. Petry of Rockwood. Pigeon Forge police discovered her body in a motel Monday night. Police said Petry, 36, appeared to had been stabbed.

  • Constable race might be moot



    Ten people have picked up petitions to run for constable positions in the August election, according to the Roane County Election Commission Web site.

    Their campaigns could be a waste of time if the county commission follows through with a referendum on constables.

  • Kingston edgy over budget stresses



    Behind every discussion at the Kingston City Council workshop this week loomed a budget that has not lived up to expectations.

    The repercussions of that budget put an edge in many city officials’ voices Tuesday night.

    Falling revenues were the main complaint, but city financial director Carolyn Brewer noted another reason for belt-tightening.

  • New jail not coming close to capacity



    Roane County has a long way to go before it reaches capacity at the new jail.

    The facility was designed to hold 172 prisoners. Sheriff Jack Stockton said 105 people were incarcerated on Feb. 2. The average population is also running well below 172.

    “Normally we’re running between 110 and 118, something like that, pretty steady,” Stockton said.

    Commissioner James Harmon scoffed when told about the numbers

  • Deal reached in 'extreme eyesore' case



    South of the River constable Butch Barding was skeptical that a three-and-a-half-year-old junkyard case would go forward on Thursday.

    He may be right.

    Attorneys said they had tentatively worked out a deal Tuesday afternoon.  

    Roane County had accused James and Patricia Woods and Dean and Nola Howard of violating county zoning laws by operating a junkyard at 123 Rose Circle.

    The case was on the Chancery Court docket for Thursday.

  • Proposed charter changes stymie Harriman



    A full-time city manager and term limits for elected officials are the major changes Harriman officials have proposed for the city charter.

    Opinions vary, however, on following through with the changes. A city manager, for example, would change Harriman’s form of government.

    “People on the street prefer a full-time mayor,” said council member J.D. Sampson.

  • Season ends for HMS


    Roane Newspapers

    After finishing in the Area 4 Small Division Tournament, the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils played their pening round of the TMSAA East Tennessee Small Division Sectional Tournament opener against Area 2 No. 3 seed Sunbright. Harriman came close, but were upset by visiting Lady Tigers, 31-26, to see their season come to an end.o

  • Lady 'Cats rally for Area 4 championship



    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats saved their best for last as Jeanne Armstrong's squad erased an eight-point deficit in the final 5:02 of Tuesday's Area 4 Championship game and picked up an 18-16 victory over Harriman.

    Up until those final 5:02 Oliver Springs' offense had no rhythm against Baron Tapp's Lady Devils as Harriman held a 14-6 lead after Darian Boyd and Karli Futrell opened the final quarter with back-to-back baskets.

  • RMS wins Area 4


    Roane Newspapers

    After watching the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats rally from eight points down in the final period to capture the Area 4 Girls Championship, Brent Kelley's boys team nearly repeated the feat as the Bobcats erased an eight point deficit in the final period only to fall to rival Rockwood, 25-23.

    Rockwood was in control for much of the contest. Tiger guard Hunter Grant buried a pair of three-pointers in the first period in leading Rockwood to a 10-2 lead after six minutes of play.