Today's News

  • 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
  • Old foe ends Midway's season

    Two of the premier Class A softball programs in East Tennessee met for their annual battle in the regional tournament Monday evening. It was the sixth meeting in the last seven seasons between Coalfield and Midway in the region tourney, and the end of the season was hanging in the balance.

  • Tigers advance in region thriller, 4-3

    With their seasons riding in the balance, two good teams met at Oliver Springs’ Arrowhead Park Tuesday evening and in the end the Rockwood Tigers would use a two-out RBI single from Hayden Freels in the top of the seventh inning to pick up a 4-3 victory over Oliver Springs in the opening round of the Region 2-A Tournament.

  • Lady 'Cats fall at Grace, 4-0

    The Oliver Springs Lady Cats had no answer for Grace Christian freshman Jessica Webb on Monday evening and saw their season come to an end with a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Lady Rams.

  • 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.

  • New uranium processing facility needed

    Roane County Executive
    Y-12 involves much more than maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile.  

    Work completed in the uranium processing facility will include dismantlement and disposition, material recycle and recovery, nuclear nonproliferation, producing fuel for naval reactors, and supplying medical isotopes that will be used in cancer treatment.

    Opponents of the new Y-12 uranium processing facility are simply misleading the public in referring to this facility as a “bomb plant.”  

  • Ash spill workshops continue

    TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are inviting the public to the fifth in a series of six workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County.

    The workshops provide information on the River System Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis Report on the Kingston recovery project.

  • Guest Opinion: Win for CIA is loss for rest of us

    First Amendment Center
    Governments like to keep things secret. To be fair, some government officials see the benefit of the free flow of information, but governments reflexively tend to keep things from public view, particularly if the information may raise questions about government conduct.

    Of course, our guarantees of freedom of speech and press were instituted in part to keep an eye on people in power.  If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information.