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Today's News

  • Hooks next up for budget appointment

    After striking out in March, Roane County Executive Ron Woody will try again to fill a vacancy on the Budget Committee.

    This time he’s asking the Roane County Commission to confirm the appointment of District 5 Commissioner Mike Hooks to the committee.

    “I think Mike would be a good choice,” Woody said.

    A vacancy on the Commission and budget committee was created when District 4 Commissioner Steve Kelley passed away in February.

  • HUB’s sewer system earns EPA kudos

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board’s wastewater treatment is getting recognition for its ability to go above and beyond what the plant is designed to do.

    The utility is not designed for nutrient removal but is able to do so through some low- to no-cost operational changes, and officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies are taking note.

  • $377 taken in pry-and-grab

    Walmart was the victim of a pry-and-grab theft last week.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department report, a black male and female entered the store through the garden side and headed straight to the sporting goods section.

    “Once there, the male took a short pry bar and pried open a cash drawer at the register,” the report said. “He took about $377.38 in cash and left.”

    The suspects were spotted getting into a silver car parked near the garden center.

  • 14-year-old and friend, 13, take turns driving mom’s car

    A 14-year-old boy reportedly took his mother’s car and he and his 13-year-old friend took turns driving it around Rockwood.

    According to the May 8 report, Police Officer Daniel Jeffries was on his way to 430 W. Tedder St. to investigate a prowler call around 1:20 a.m. when he spotted a gold Buick LeSabre.

    “As the vehicle approached me, it drove off the road into the green at the church at 821 N. Front St.,” the report said. “I made a U-turn and before I could get turned around, the vehicle turned left on W. Dunn St.”

  • Construction closing Rockwood City Hall offices on Friday

    Rockwood City Hall will be closed to the public on Friday due to construction.

    Offices closed will be city clerks; water, gas and sewer clerks; and the building inspector.

    Call City Hall from Monday through Thursday at 354-0611 for more information.

  • Tennessee MEDIEVAL FAIRE

    The fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire kicks off this weekend in Harriman.

    “We’re taking visitors back to the age of chivalry,” said Faire organizer Barrie Paulson.

    The interactive-themed outdoor festival will begin on Saturday and will run for three weekends — including Memorial Day — at the site at 550 Fiske Road.

    The theme for this year’s fair is scripted around the popular tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

  • Fair weather fandom is an epidemic

    By Ben Briley

    As I watched Game 6 of the Preds game Monday night, I had an epiphany of becoming what I’ve always hated: fairweather fans. I want to use this platform to finally admit that I, Ben Briley, am a fairweather Nashville Predators fan. I have not watched one regular season game, kept up with who got traded where, I couldn’t tell you who had the most goals this season, but when my hometown hockey team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I haven’t missed a game.

  • Rockwood Tigers roll over Coalfield

    By Jason Perry

    jperry@roanecounty.com

    The Rockwood Tigers continued to roll in the District 3 Class A Baseball Tournament by beating Coalfield, 14-0, Tuesday night at Rockwood’s Brillo Miller Sports Complex.

    With the second game under their belt, the Tigers have run roughshod through their opposition.

    In two games, Rockwood has outscored opponents 36-4.

    Tuesday’s game started with the Tigers scoring 5 in the first two innings.

  • Devils go down swinging

    The Harriman Blue Devils went down swinging, coming back from seven runs down to tie the game in the sixth inning before losing, 14-11, to the Midway Green Wave in the second day of the District 3 Class A Baseball Tournament at Rockwood’s Brillo Miller Sports Complex.

    Down 11-4 in the bottom of the sixth, Harriman’s season was slipping away.

    The Devils had been able to put runs on the board, but hadn’t been able to slow the Green Wave.

    Harriman’s batters had been trying to figure out Midway starter Gabe Moore all game.

  • Kingston shoots down Fulton Falcons

    By Jack Sims

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    In a district tournament game played at Alcoa High School, the Kingston Lady Jackets grabbed a needed win over the Fulton Lady Falcons, 9-0. The game went into the seventh inning where a strange turn of events gave the Jackets a free out.

    In the latter innings, A Kingston batter got a hit that was dropped by the Fulton infield.

    The Kingston player while running for first powered over the Falcon first baseman knocking her down and subsequently out of the game due to injury.