Today's News

  • Oakdale takes care of business at home


    Roane Newspapers

    It was close but no cigar Tuesday night for the Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers as they dropped a pair of non district games at Oakdale.

    The Lady Tigers opened the evening with a 51-39 loss at the hands of the Lady Eagles, but that outcome was much better than their first meeting this season when Oakdale rolled to a 40-17 victory.

  • Stormy Thursday

    Much-needed rain arrived Thursday in Roane County. The downpours caused water to pool on some roads, and in some cases, making driving hazardous. Hwy. 58 in Kingston was particularly wetter that some roads, with trucks and cars running through large puddles.

  • Harriman willing to discuss state audit


    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman hopes to resolve the issues over who owes what for the development of Pinnacle Pointe in discussions with developers.

    “I don’t mind sitting down and talking to them,” City Attorney Harold Balcom said at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

  • Constables' fate lingers in uncertainty


    Roane Newspapers

    Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard describes himself as a big fan of constables.

    “They’re proud of their office, and I’m proud of them,” Goddard said. “I’m going to support them.”

    Goddard will need the support of seven other commissioners to vote down a resolution that could eventually allow the county to purge itself of constables. The resolution is on the agenda for Monday night’s county commission meeting at the courthouse.

  • Harriman sweeps Rockwood


    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Rockwood Tigers tipped off the 2008 portion of their schedule Friday night with a huge District 3-A contest between the two bitter county rivals.

    The evening opened with the Lady Devils avenging an earlier loss to Rockwood as Jim Cordell’s squad picked up a 43-36 victory over the Lady Tigers.

    The final game of the evening would see Harriman complete the regular season sweep of the Tigers as the Blue Devils picked up a 56-49 victory.

  • Pinnacle Pointe developers submit statements, not audit


    Roane Newspapers

    The developers who, according to the state, owe the city of Harriman more than $230,000 on the Pinacle Pointe development, have responded to the city.

    Although the developers have said they would present an audit of their own showing the city owes them money, city officials have characterized what they got as a mere listing of expenses.

    In fact, Parsons & Wright, the Kingston accounting firm that put together the report, said this in the document:

  • Court disbars Austin


    Roane Newspapers

    Former Roane County Judge Thomas Alva Austin will be looking for a new line of work when he’s released from federal prison.

    His days of practicing law appear to be over after he was disbarred by the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

    The state’s high court issued the order on Dec. 13.

    According to a court press release, Austin consented to the disbarment.

    The press release also states Austin may apply for reinstatement of his law license after five years.

  • SUD commissioners resign


    Morgan County News Editor

    Sunbright Utility District has a history of problems and turnover in both employees and members of its board of commissioners. As of Monday more changes are coming.

    Board president Roy Freels and commissioner Russell Scott have both resigned and Bryant Jones, the SUD Manager, walked off the job.

    “If I had known how bad it was I would’ve never taken the appointment,” Scott said Tuesday.

  • Oliver Springs sends Kingston packing with pair of losses


    Roane Newspapers

    The first game of the new year went well for the Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats Friday night as they picked up a home sweep over visiting county rival Kingston.

    The girls game was close throughout and Oliver Springs would need a late rally to pick up a 50-46 victory.

    The guys contest was never close as the Bobcats took control from the start in picking up a 66-39 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

    Girls Game

  • Used car dealers target of OS study


    Roane Newspapers

    Oliver Springs may be the place to go for used car salesmen.

    At least, that is the concern of officials worried that Oliver Springs is not benefiting in the increase of the lots opening in the town.

    Oliver Springs Town Manager David Bolling said another business is getting ready to open soon.

    Ways to make sure the facilities are meeting regulations and actually benefiting the town were discussed briefly during the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen meeting last Thursday.