Local News

  • Change a common theme among state House candidates

    Room C of Kingston Community Center was packed full of folks from both sides of the political spectrum as candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives sounded off Thursday during a Roane County Tea Party forum.

    Members of the group were concerned about each of the candidates’ stands on the issues — and they were ready with opinions of their own.

  • Assessor candidate loses property to foreclosure

    Property owned by Roane County property assessor candidate Cheryl Laxton and her husband was foreclosed on by Citizens National Bank earlier this year.

    Laxton said she doesn’t think that should be a reflection on her ability to run the assessor’s office.

    “We were caught up in a downturn economy like so many other great people in Roane County,” she said.

    The property is located in Providence Place subdivision on Hwy. 58. Laxton said she and her husband purchased it in 2008 with plans to build mid-scale condos.   

  • Longtime Rockwood employee’s position cut

    Rockwood officials have cut a longtime employee in response to the city’s financial woes
    Finance officer Joby Lancaster, the person Vice Mayor Peggy Evans continually placed blame on for failure to pay payroll tax and Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System payments on time, was let go on Thursday, May 10. The city paid thousands of dollars in fines for the late payments.
    Auditors at one meeting said the fines from the IRS were the result from at least 10 different penalties.

  • Rockwood financial crisis

    Rockwood City Administrator Jack Miller may be out if the Rockwood City Council approves a budget proposed by Mayor James Watts.
    However, some council members are not so ready to see Miller go.
    Since Miller took office late last year, the city council has been more aware than ever about the financial strains the city is facing.
    One of those strains is a negative fund balance of more than $1 million, with city expenditures continuing to substantially outpace revenues.

  • Tip foils prank at Rockwood High

    A group of Rockwood teens must have been disappointed when their small prank went awry last week.
    A school employee was tipped off that there would be a prank at Rockwood High School on the night of Thursday, May 10. The employee kept an eye on security cameras and saw the group of pranksters enter through the boiler room, move into the hallway and drop what a Rockwood police report characterized as “inappropriate pictures.”
    No damage was done to the school and the male teens ran out of the building after dropping the pictures.

  • Police Explorers help sick girl

    The dreams of a sick little girl will be answered, thanks to help from the Kingston Police Department Explorer Post 376.
    The Explorer Post adopted 12-year-old Kimberly through Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee.
    “We have made her an honorary Explorer for life. She decided she wanted to do this, and she loves the post,” said Matthew Sackett, Explorer Post adviser.
    “She came to our meeting last month; for the first time we got to meet her,” Sackett added.

  • Many TVA reservoirs low due to little rainfall

    Despite recent rainfall, several TVA reservoirs are experiencing lower water levels due to below normal rain and runoff this spring and may not reach targeted summer recreation levels by June 1.
    TVA is working to provide the highest possible water levels to support popular recreation activities, including boating, fishing and swimming all across the Tennessee Valley.
     Rainfall since the first of April is 92 percent of normal in the eastern part of the Tennessee Valley above Chattanooga and only 53 percent of normal below Chattanooga, including West Tennessee.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: I’ll be out on the porch if you’re looking for me

    Cool mornings and afternoons in the shade — it’s porch-sitting time again.
    I have a sizeable back deck facing the woods behind my house, but more often I am drawn to my covered front porch.
    Mornings are a great time to sit there. I can slowly sip a steaming cup of black coffee while studying the glittering dew on my lawn, listening to the morning chorus of birds and clearing the cobwebs cluttering my mind.

  • Carrying the load
  • Oak Ridge Reservation issues complicate cleanup

    For years, many have recognized the extreme complexity of the Oak Ridge Reservation with regard to environmental management activities and challenges.

    The complexity includes a diversity of waste products disposed of and treated in a myriad of ways in a setting where there is abundant rainfall and nearby population centers. This situation is further complicated by the complex geology of the site and the resulting hydrologic conditions.