Local News

  • Life insurance argument escalates to death threat

    An argument over life insurance money had a man allegedly threatening to take a life.
    James West, 43, was charged with aggravated assault in the incident.
    According to the warrant, West and Shella Stafford got into an argument over life insurance money on Dec. 18.
    “Ms. Stafford states that the defendant became angry, shoved her, slammed the door and would not let her leave,” the warrant said. “The defendant grabbed a shotgun  and put it to her head and said, ‘You are gonna die (expletive).”

  • Tamke Allen hosts STEM workshop

    Grade 4-8 teachers from Roane, Union, Scott, Campbell and Morgan counties recently visited Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory and were taught helpful strategies for teaching science topics.
    Educators at all levels are concerned with increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens - Plot twist: A later-in-life love story

    My father died around six years ago.
    Since then, life has been pretty lonely for my mother.
    Sure, she had her ladies lunch groups and some neighbors she sometimes spends time with.
    And there’s me. I live a bit more than an hour away, but that’s a couple hours closer than any of my siblings.
    However, I have been spending more time with my boyfriend — and so Mom’s and my visits have been more limited.

  • Tax error brought up again

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan wasn’t holding any toys when he addressed the commission on Dec. 10, but some thought there was something playful about his explanation for erroneously having a $4,577 refund approved.

    “Why you playing yo-yo?” Commissioner Bobby Collier asked.

    “I’m not,” Morgan responded.

  • Stroll by the lake


    An American coot strolls along the waterfront in Kingston, presumably looking for a handout from one of the feed dispensers installed along the waterfront. The red-eyed bird, which generally eats vegetation, is a common sight in the water, where they can dive up to 20 feet. In spite of their vibrant red eyes and noisy nature, these birds tend to get along with other waterfowl.

  • ‘Home’ eludes hurting family

    Bridget Fritts would like nothing better than to come home.

    The former Dyllis resident, who still owns the property where her Pine Ridge Drive home burned in October 2008, rents in Oak Ridge.

    She, like so many others, has been hit by the recession, with the jobs through union Laborers Local 818 drying up.

    The divorced mother of two also has had to deal with uterine cancer and other health issues — and the loss of health insurance.

  • TVA borrows $1 billion through power bonds

    TVA has borrowed $1 billion through new 30-year global power bonds with an interest rate of 3.50 percent — the lowest rate ever on a TVA 30-year institutional bond.

    TVA was able to take advantage of a window of opportunity during a period of government fiscal negotiations and the holiday season to obtain low-cost financing.

  • Fly ash concern four years later

    Coal plants deposited more than 200 million tons of ash or scrubber sludge into ponds or landfills between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report out today from Environmental Integrity Project.  

    EIP issued the coal ash data to mark the fourth anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant fly ash spill.  

    On Dec. 22, 2008, 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry was released in the Tennessee River system when a dike ruptured.

  • Volkswagen plant to open April 1
  • Man wields gun at kids’ b-day party

    A Rockwood man was arrested Wednesday evening by Rockwood police after pulling a .22-caliber rifle at a children’s party on Chamberlain Avenue.

    James Rodney Wilson, 50, of 820 N. Chamberlain Ave., was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

    Police took him into custody at his home, which was next door to the party.

    “He was arguing with an adult male at the birthday party,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.