Local News

  • TVA head designates county meeting to VP

    The Roane County Commission asked for Tom Kilgore.
    It will get Bob Deacy instead.
    Commissioners wanted Kilgore, TVA president and CEO, to come before them to discuss the ash spill cleanup and other operations at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.  
    A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
    County Executive Ron Woody wrote Kilgore a letter last month requesting that he and members of his staff give the commission a report.

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  • Kingston sewer plant expansion officially on

    Kingston officials broke ground late last month on the city’s $5 million wastewater treatment plant expansion at 1501 James Ferry Road. Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, City Councilmen Don White, John Byrkit, Kevin McClure and Norm Sugarman and TVA officials Katie Kline, Bob Morris, Burt Robinson, Steve McCracken, Bob Deacy and Aaron Stewart were in attendance, along with City Manager Jim Pinkerton, contractors Dan Berry and Evan Haron, engineer Rick Kirby and Tony Workman, who will be running the plant.

  • OSHS asst. principal ‘good person’

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna R. Moore said she’s been devastated by reports about her recent arrest.
    Moore, 43, was arrested on Jan. 26 for domestic assault against her husband. 
    “It’s very frustrating,” she said Monday. “I’ve never had something like this happen to me in my life.”
    According to the arrest report, Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in Coalfield around 10:30 p.m. to investigate the alleged assault.

  • If title fits, wear it

    Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, could soon have another title to go by.
    An item under special orders on the Feb. 13 Roane County Commission agenda asks commissioners to confirm the appointment of the OES director as the county fire department chief.
    The item doesn’t mention Rose by name, but it would make him fire chief if approved.
    “Sounds like it would to me,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Rockwood lists benefits of I-40 access

    A Rockwood committee’s members can think of plenty of reasons to approach the state for help with an interstate interchange and new connector road to replace the old Airport Road.
    The members agreed the economically strapped city could benefit from the road.
    “I think the economic impact on this town would be tremendous,” said Harold Ishman, a former city council member. Ishman said the city could annex up the mountain and benefit from revenue if hotels or restaurants located at the interchange.

  • Sheriff hires former inspector to work at jail

    Barry Suttles used to inspect the Roane County Jail. Now he works there.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said he recently hired Suttles as a corrections officer after he stopped working as a jail inspector for the Tennessee Corrections Institute.
    “We have high hopes for him,” Stockton said. “We hope he moves up the food chain quick.”
    Stockton said he hired Suttles because of his experience. He was the man assigned to inspect the Roane County Jail for the TCI.

  • Whooping cranes take flight

    Nine juvenile whooping cranes on their first ultralight-led migration south will now be taken to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama in the next few days.
    The nine whooping cranes will be loaded up in travel enclosures onto vehicles as soon as possible, driven about 70 miles from Winston County, Ala., to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. They will be placed in a secure pen, equipped with identification bands and tracking transmitters, then later released in the company of other whooping cranes that have been wintering there.

  • Kingston adds new vehicle to fleet

    The latest addition to the Kingston Fire Department vehicles will allow personnel to access areas that were formerly impossible to access to evacuate victims of accidents and health emergencies. 
    The cart-like ATV will be especially valuable during local events such as the July 4th celebrations, triathlons and races and daily for residents who use the walking trails. 
    The purchase was funded by employee bake sales, chili luncheons, road blocks and donations from local businesses and friends.
    No taxpayer dollars were used.

  • Roane County man’s career spans cutting-edge technology

    When Martin Skinner enlisted in the U.S. Army, he thought he would finish college before active duty.

    Instead, he quickly became part of the movement that ended World War II.

    “I came to Oak Ridge as a member of the special engineering detachment in September 1944. We were about 1,200 GIs in Oak Ridge scattered at the three major plants,” Skinner said.

    Skinner, now of Harriman, had been at Michigan State when he was called to active duty as a sophomore.