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Today's News

  • EPA has good news for Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Harriman’s been eyeing the former papermill site off Emory Road for recreational use for years.
    The city is getting closer to the reality, according to a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    “We anticipate that once any cleanup that may be required is done that the land will be suitable for commercial, industrial, or recreational uses,” said Scott Miller, EPA project manager.

  • Seven arrested after Harriman meth labs found

    By KAITLIN KEANE

    kkeane@roanecounty.com

    Seven people were arrested on meth-related charges Wednesday night after Harriman Police searched a home at 942 Sevier Drive.

    “This has been a problem house,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    Detectives went there in search of two theft suspects, and smelled the odor of methamphetamine, police said. Everyone inside the residence were evacuated for safety reasons. Detectives found three active one-pot meth labs in the walls.

    Heidle said the house may be condemned.

  • Regular season comes to a close for Lady ’Cats

     

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats were unable to ground the Cumberland County Lady Jets as the Lady ’Cats took a 2-0 loss on a soggy Tuesday night in Bobcat Country. 

    “I thought we played really well. We worked as a team really well and we had plenty of opportunities.” Oliver Springs head coach Josh Pryor said after the game.

  • Busy Friday night in store for Roane teams

     

    With only four weeks left in the regular season, Roane County teams are fighting for their postseason lives with none of the five schools having enough wins to feel secure about playing in November.

    Oliver Springs and Kingston have the most work to do as both currently have an uphill battle if they are to make the playoffs.

  • Senior Bowlers of the Month
  • Blue Devils pick up TVAA sweep

     The Tennessee Valley Athletic Association (TVAA) rolled through the seventh week of action and the Harriman program is still making great strides. The Blue Devils swept another program and are now sitting in place where three of the four teams could be in the Gold Bowl in early November.

    Harriman at Kingston

  • Peak Performance wins league championship

     

    By AARON HARVEY

    Roane Newspapers

    The High School Basketball Fall League at Oakdale School concluded Tuesday night by crowning a champion. 

  • Schools architect plan has critics

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some officials are skeptical of the school system’s plan to hire an architect.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said an architect will look at the school system’s operations and make recommendations.

    “That’s kind of the problem with the architects that do that,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They’ll always come up with a building program.”

    Aytes didn’t dismiss the notion.

  • School closing rumors swirling

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    With talk about consolidation and steep cuts in education, rumors are swirling around Roane County about school closings.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said his advice to people who are concerned is to contact the central office and don’t rely on Facebook and other social media.

  • Jail gets thumbs up from inspector

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tennessee Corrections Institute Deputy Director Lance Howell released a copy of the Roane County Jail’s most recent inspection report last week.

    It contains good news.

    Jail inspector Denise Messer recommended that the jail be certified with an updated plan of action. That’s not the end of the matter, however.

    The TCI Board of Control will review the recommendation at its meeting in Nashville on Dec. 3.