Local News

  • 11 for 2011: A look ahead at top stories of the new year.

    Retrospectives are easy.  This year, we are looking to the future to anticipate, in no particular order, the top 11 stories of 2011.

  • 'Repulsive' lawyer wins again

    Attorney Chris Cawood got some good news a few days before Christmas.
    He came out victorious in his latest legal battle with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
    The board sought to have Cawood disciplined for a sexual tryst he had with two women in his law office.
    The board’s own hearing panel and a judge determined no discipline was warranted.
    Instead of dropping the matter, the board appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Gypsum-selling efforts still a no-go at Kingston Fossil Plant

    Ponds aren’t always the final resting place for gypsum produced at TVA’s coal-fired power plants.
    John Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products, said the gypsum produced at the Cumberland Fossil Plant is sold and used to make wallboard.
    “Here at Kingston, it’s being pumped out to this big pond,” Kammeyer said.
    That was before the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond.
    A leak was discovered in the pond on Dec. 15.

  • White Christmas to be followed by warmup

    Roane Countians got to revel in a white Christmas on Saturday — even if it was only for a while.
    Snow fell across the county.
    David Hotz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, said the amounts varied throughout East Tennessee.  
    “Roane County, I think, was more between like 1 to 2 inches,” he said. “I think maybe the southern part of Roane County picked up a little bit more than that. If you go down to Chattanooga, they had more like between 4 and 6 inches.”

  • Hopes of Harriman run with Channel 15

    Channel 15, Harriman’s new government access channel has the capabilities to put on quite a production.
    Bill Landry, known for his narration and other roles with “The Heartland Series,” said the station has the same level of equipment as some professional outfits.
    “This is as good equipment as (Knoxville’s) Channel 10 has; it just doesn’t have as much,” Landry said.

  • Tax incentive changes aimed at distribution center

    Officials are optimistic about Roane County’s chances of landing a new distribution industry at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The County Commission approved a package of incentives at the Dec. 13 meeting.

    Officials said the industry made a counter offer, which caused the resolution about the incentives to be amended.

    “They said if we do that, they would recommend our site to their board,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • New phase of work on old courthouse work begins

    Plaster, wood and dust fill the second floor of the historic Roane County courthouse.

    The sound of power tools and construction workers adding steps at the foot of a door reverberate through the chilly air of what used to be the courtroom, as the Roane County Heritage Commission kicks off its second phase of renovation after multiple delays.

  • New school policies adopted

    Attendance can no longer play a role in a student’s grades, passing of a course or promotion or retention.

    This is just one of several policy changes approved on first reading at the December meeting of the Roane County Board of Education.

    And effective beginning the spring semester, student TCAP scores for grades three through eight shall comprise 15 percent of students’ final grades in math, reading/language arts, science and social studies.

  • Gerald Largen's remarkable largess

    Santa wasn’t good to you this year?
    Well, hold on a minute — you’ve got another gift coming.
    How about 112 beautiful rural acres with about a mile and a quarter of level lakeshore, a couple of quiet coves, woods, open fields and botanical treasures both native and exotic.
    It’s yours — or soon will be.

  • Kingston vs. Harriman dispute makes way to court

    The Kingston and Harriman fight over Midtown turf may be winding down.
    Both cities’ attorneys will present their arguments  to the Tennessee Supreme Court in Knoxville on Jan. 5.
    Kingston held a successful special election allowing voters in the affected area to decide whether to join the city.
    Harriman said it had a preemptive claim to the land.
    Harriman City Council recently approved requesting the county to reconvene the urban growth committee, the name given to the committee discussing annexation.