Local News

  • 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.

  • ‘ ... she’ll go down in history ....’


    Savannah Davidson dons felt antlers and a blinkin’ beacon of a snout in honor of The Most Famous Reindeer of All during a Friday assembly at Midtown Elementary School. She and all the boys and girls in Roane County are sure to be heading to bed early tonight as sleigh bells jingling from above are a sure sign that Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is leading the way for Santa’s annual whirlwind visit.

  • Gold medalist urges kids to make a splash in waves of life

    Davis Tarwater lived out a dream when he won a gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

    Now the former Webb School of Knoxville star is encouraging children to do the same, and that’s just what he told the students at Midtown Elementary Friday morning.

    “I want them to understand that every day is a path to the gold,” he said.

  • Parks head hired

    Rockwood has a new parks and recreation director.

    Former Rockwood resident Jody Mioduski was recommended by a committee to the finance committee, who then approved and recommended it to the full council.