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Today's News

  • Rockwood to discuss image-repair funds

    Rockwood could be finalizing what the city wants to use its $100,000 in public-image-repair money from TVA.

    “I’m still researching it and trying to come up with it. I’ve gotten some things in mind that would better our city,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Miller will present his proposals and discuss other ideas with Rockwood City Council at a 5 p.m. special called meeting today, Wednesday, Feb. 4.

    He did have a few ideas already, however.

  • Yager a busy bill sponsor in legislature

    Bills haven’t been flying out of state Rep. Kent Calfee’s office this legislative session.

    According to the Tennessee General Assembly’s website, Calfee had sponsored no bills as of Tuesday morning.

    That’s not the case with state Sen. Ken Yager.

    The website showed Yager sponsoring seven bills as of Tuesday morning.

  • Kayla Christopher joins Oliver Springs Hall of Fame

    Kayla Christopher hasn’t played in an Oliver Springs jersey since 2009, but walking onto the court Friday night showed one thing: the crowd hasn’t forgotten.

    Christopher, the daughter of Lady Bobcats head coach Michelle Christopher, was inducted into the Oliver Springs Hall of Fame following the Lady Cats win over Wartburg.

    “It’s kind of crazy,” Christopher said. “You don’t really think about it. It’s just an honor, really, to be part of the group that’s (in the hall of fame). They’re a group of great, talented people and it’s just an honor to be back.”

  • Lady Bobcats rally to run past Wartburg

    After one of the lowest scoring first quarters in the coaching career of Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher, the Lady Bobcats defeated Wartburg, 35-20.

    It was a first quarter of difference for the Lady Bobcats with neither twin, Emily or Rachel Griffith, putting up a single point.

    Wartburg was led by Ames Mackenzie with 1 point while Courtney Jones led Oliver Springs with 4.

    The Lady Bobcats finally got their offense rolling in the second quarter, thanks in part to the play of Allyssa Suttles and her two 3-pointers.

  • Oliver Springs hangs on to down Bulldogs

    It wasn’t pretty, but when Wartburg and Oliver Springs meet it usual isn’t.

    With only a 1-point lead with under 10 seconds to play, the Bobcats were able to hold on for the win, 72-68.

    “It’s one of those rival games,” Oliver Springs head coach Tony Ingram said. “With us, I’ve been coaching 10 plus years, records don’t matter or where you play, it’s going to be a game. They’ll be a time or two when one will get a blowout win here or there, but 9 times out of 10 it’s a game like this.

  • Midway sweeps up Rockwood

    It doesn’t happen very often, but the Midway Lady Waves and Green Waves won both games last Friday night against struggling Rockwood.

    The Lady Tigers dropped to 6-16 overall and 1-9 in district 3A after a 46-33 Midway win. The Lady Waves improved to 18-8 overall and are 4-7
    in the district.

    The Green Waves picked up a tough 47-41 win to improve to 5-21 on the season. They won their second district game and are 2-9 in district 3A.

    Rockwood dropped to 5-17 with the loss and are 2-8 in the district.

  • Tigers cruise past Blue Devils

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils had to do battle with the Meigs County Lady Tigers on Friday night sans head coach Johnny Jones via an ejection on Tuesday night and without two key starters.

    The end result was a 47-29 loss on Friday evening to Meigs County.

    “We just didn’t put the ball in the hole enough tonight.” Harriman assistant coach Tom Tilley said. “We got within 6 points at the end of the third period. Turnovers just killed us and we gave up too many second shots to a good team. Of course, having two starters out didn’t help us out much.”

  • Fire’s cause may never be known

    Harriman officials may never know what started the Jan. 8 fire that destroyed the home of the former Miller & Brewer Department Store.

    “As of right now, the fire has been ruled as an undetermined fire,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “That much fire with that much heat — the chances of finding something is going to be slim to none,” the chief added. “That is the reason we are looking at undetermined.”

    Goss said steel beams in the building were warped by the intense heat.

  • Accused killer seeking fifth attorney

    Already on his fourth attorney, Shawn Smoot wants another one.

    Smoot, jailed on a first-degree murder charge, filed a handwritten motion in Roane County Criminal Court on Jan. 28 asking the judge to remove attorney Stanley Barnett as his defense counsel.

    “I don’t have any comments on that right now,” Barnett said Friday. “That will be dealt with at the motions hearing.”

    Barnett was appointed to represent Smoot last July after his third attorney, Tom Slaughter, was allowed to withdraw because of a conflict.

  • Friday Fit Club blazing trails in Kingston park

    Former Olympian and East Tennessee personality Missy Kane is exploring the trails and walkways of Roane and Anderson counties in a new Covenant Health program called Friday Fit Club.

    Last month, those interested in the walk/hiking group met at its first planning meeting at Methodist Medical Center and walked the Melton Hill Greenway afterward.

    On Friday, they were at Kingston City Park’s walking trail around the lakefront, named after former Councilwoman Betty Brown.