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  • Tea Party feels betrayed by Republican leaders

    The Republican party, from the state to the national level, is betraying its conservative base, according to speakers and attendees at the Roane County Tea Party meeting held last week at the Kingston Community Center.

    Tea Party members and speakers expressed a number of concerns about issues such as the way delegates are being chosen for the electoral college that will choose the Republican nominee for president.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: In praise of Nature’s green gifts like Poke Sallet

    Some days ago, when we dared to brave the pollen outdoors, we were strolling about the yard admiring the flush of springtime growth, when we came upon a small group of dandelions in full golden glory. Every time we do this we are once again puzzled at the state of mind that causes so many suburban householders to expend so much time and so many dollars trying to eradicate this plant from their property. Simultaneously they will expend more time and more dollars trying to get some temperamental, less beautiful, less hardy plant to grow. Strange isn’t it?


    The Roane County Board of Education had a choice to go local or outside the county for its next director of schools. It chose the latter during a meeting Wednesday evening, voting to select Leah Rice Watkins as the next director.

    “If she can’t get the job done, I’d be shocked,” Board Member Vic King said.

    “I think she’ll do a good job,” Board Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley added.

  • Young child left at Roane County Park

    A Rockwood couple allegedly left their 5-year-old son at Roane County Park on April 17.

    Ashley Marie Childs and Michael Anthony Tindall II were charged with child abuse and neglect in the incident.

    According to the warrant, a woman was having her daughter’s birthday party at shed No. 5 when she noticed a little boy standing by a slide crying.

  • Goggles give new perspective

    Midway High School students were learning the dangers of driving drunk last Friday, as School Resource Officer Rick Butler set up an obstacle course and then had the teenagers drive with goggles that simulated driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

  • Inspector General finds issues at TVA Kingston

    The TVA Office of the Inspector General has uncovered more issues at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Some of the ones detailed in a March 10 report deal with employee morale, trust and communication.

    Those things could be improved, according to the report.

  • TVA touts small modular reactor, not all convinced

    Environmentalists are already lining up against TVA’s plan to deploy a small modular reactor at its Clinch River Site in Roane County.

    “From what I know about these small modular reactors, the thing that worries me the most is people who are for them seem to be taking for granted that just because they’re smaller, they’d be cheaper, safer and better,” said Lou Zeller, executive director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.

  • Coalfield murder victim former Harriman man

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information. It has been updated.

    From staff reports

    A Coalfield man was murdered early Monday morning, and officials are asking for the public’s help in apprehending the perpetrator.

    James Pete McCarroll, 71, was found shot and beaten outside Allied Metal Recovery and Refining just after 6 a.m. Monday.

    It is believed he was killed between 5:30 and 6 a.m., according to a release from the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • Rockwood Library reopens recently
  • School board selects new director

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Leah Rice Watkins as its new director at its meeting Wednesday night.

    The board did final interviews with Watkins, the instructional supervisor for the Paris, Tenn., Special School District, and Keevin Woody, Roane County Schools Elementary Supervisor on Wednesday. The Board held a special called meeting immediately after.

    Look in Friday's Roane County News for the full story.