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Today's News

  • TVA: We’ve changed

    The ash piles that once were landmarks in the area around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant are no more.

    Six years of cleaning up one of the worst environmental disasters in history has the landscape looking much different.

    “If you come here in the spring, you’re going to see a nice green, grassy field there behind us,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “It certainly looks a lot different than it did before the spill — and it looks tremendously different than it did right after the spill.”

  • Unique birthday

    When Bailey Walker turned 11 this month, it fell on a special day that made his birthday especially unique.

    Bailey turned 11 on Dec. 13.

    That’s right, the Roane County youth turned 11 on 12/13/14.

    His grandfather John Walker said he didn’t appreciate how much people thought of the special day until he heard a news account.

    “You couldn’t get married in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge unless you had a reservation almost a year because everyone wanted to get married on 12/13/14,” Walker said.

  • Another robbery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 7 at the Rocky Top Market on Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build between 5 feet, 6 inches, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a white mask.

  • Familiar face as Rockwood rec chief?

    A former Rockwood athlete may be helming the city’s park and recreation department.

    Chase Clem will be considered at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 22.

    “That is what I’m going to recommend,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “He is a local boy who loves his community,” he added. “I think this is right down his alley.”

    The 24-year-old played football and baseball for Rockwood High School.

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  • Nonprofits’ gifts from county on rise

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget of $171,350 to go to nonprofit organizations.

    Commissioner Ron Berry was the only commissioner to vote no on the budget last week.

    Berry expressed concern about the budget’s substantial growth over the past couple of years.

    In 2012 the nonprofit budget was $127,850.

    “If there was a request made this year, it was sent on,” Berry said. 

    “Anybody that wanted money this year got money. It just seems like it’s just growing.”

  • TDEC grants make recycling easier in Roane County, towns

    Roane County’s new baler for recycling plastic has been online a short while, but it is still getting attention.

  • Record-setting profs surface

    Two Roane State Community College professors had their first breath of fresh air Monday after a record-breaking adventure living underwater for 73 days.

    Jessica Fain and Bruce Cantrell emerged to their first glimpse of sunlight on a warm Florida day and high fived each other. Breaking the surface was surreal for the pair, who have been underwater since Oct. 3.

    “It still didn’t seem real until we actually broke the surface and saw so many friends and family and well-wishers,”Cantrell said.

  • Atomic national park will have big impact in Roane

    Oak Ridge officials aren’t the only ones excited about a new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    “It’s also exciting for Roane County,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    This month, both the U.S. House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which designates locations in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, N.M., and Hanford, Wash., as a three-site national park.

  • All lit up