Local News

  • Earthquake felt in Roane County

    At 12:08 Saturday afternoon, Roane County residents received quite a shock as a 4.3 magnitude earthquake centered eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky was felt throughout East Tennessee. Whitesburg is located approximately 45 miles NNW of Kingsport.

    Social media lit up after the event with people all across Roane County saying they felt the effects of the tremor. The quake was reported to have been felt as far south as Atlanta and as far north as Cincinnati, although no immediate damage has been reported.

  • Bucking national trends, it’s Romney over Obama here

    Bucking the national trend, Roane County and the rest of the state went heavily for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s election.
    However, the solid local and state support wasn’t enough to help Romney achieve his goal of capturing the White House.
    The former Massachusetts governor conceded the presidential race to Barack Obama around midnight Wednesday.

  • Good news for schools in grad rates, math

    Improvements in math and graduation rate: Those were the two things Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he was most proud of about Roane County Schools 2012 state report card.
    In the academic growth category, Roane County received a C in math in 2011.
    In 2012 the county scored an A.
    The graduation rate went from 78.2 percent in 2011 to 88.8 percent in 2012. 
    “That’s tremendous,” Aytes said.
    Aytes said the disappointments were in reading/language, science and the ACT.

  • Pill-pushing defendant faces extra punishment

    Two prior drug convictions mean trouble for John Wesley Goss in his federal drug case.
    Goss, of Rockwood, was one of 23 people charged with oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies earlier this year.
    “Deaths are alleged to have resulted from the use of oxycodone in connection with the drug conspiracy,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
    The FBI referred to Goss as the lead defendant in the case.
    According to court records, Goss was convicted twice in federal court in the 1990s on drug charges.

  • Holocaust survivor: ‘Look what hate does’

    Punishment for sassiness today might earn a child a slap on the bottom or a few minutes in timeout.
    For Jewish children who mouthed off to the Nazis or their collaborators, the consequences were much more severe.
    “A boy, maybe 10 or 12, talked to the guards and sassed them,” Arthur Pais recalled. “They shot him.”
    Pais is a survivor of the Kovno Ghetto and the Dachau Concentration Camp. The young boy being shot is among his most vivid memories from the Holocaust. 

  • Oliver Springs to stay dry

    Oliver Springs joined many other small communities in having a referendum to allow package stores to sell alcohol in its city limits.

    Voters in the Anderson County portion of the town supported the referendum permitting package stores by three votes at 360 voting for it and 357 voting against it.

    Roane County voters, however, turned the tide in favor of not having the stores with votes of 126 for permitting package stores and 162 against it.


    Six decades after serving a nation that refused to let him fight because of the color of his skin, former U.S. Marine Albert Winton Sr. finally got some well-deserved recognition last week.

    He was awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal.

    A packed house at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood gave Winton a standing ovation as he received the nation’s highest non-combat award last Thursday night from Tennessee Commissioner of Veteran Affairs Many-Bears Grinder.

  • TVA ash to be left in river, plan says
  • TVA ash to be left in river, plan says

    The residual ash in the Clinch and lower Emory rivers will be dealt with through natural river processes and continued long-term monitoring. 
    “It was based on extensive research, including human health and ecological risk assessments, and aligns with the majority of public comments received on the EE/CA (Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis) alternatives,” TVA said in a news release. “The selection was also approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.”