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Today's News

  • Roane State sets concert next week

    Roane State Community College’s music department will perform Broadway show tunes, classic TV theme songs and hits from the popular TV series “Glee” on April 29 and May 1.

    Both performances will be in the theater on the main campus in Roane County.

    The April 29 concert begins at 7 p.m., and the May 1 concert starts at 3 p.m.

    A $10 donation is suggested for admission.

    The Celebration Singers will perform medleys from Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim and other Broadway selections.

  • Papermill cleanup on hold for now

    Waiting is still the safest option when it comes to the future of the former Harriman Papermill site.

    “My recommendation for the city at this time is to stay away from the site,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency retiree Andy Avel.

    Avel has been working with Harriman officials on possible cleanup of the property, which has been owned by several different companies over the years.

    The site along the Emory River is under EPA consideration for possible cleanup designations.

  • Driver killed in Gallaher collision

    A 78-year-old Ten Mile man was killed in an automobile crash on Gallaher Road Tuesday.

    The collision involved a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Amos H. Woods and a 2005 tractor trailer driven by David Burkhart of Knoxville.

    Woods was killed.

    Burkhart, 48, was hauling aluminum shavings.

    The crash happened near Rarity Ridge subdivision.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Burkhart was entering the roadway from a parking lot.

  • Line break closes 70E to traffic

    A burst water main across from TVA Credit Union on Hwy. 70 on Tuesday closed the highway’s eastbound lane and snarled traffic for most of the day.

    “When it busted, it was just a mess,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam of the 16-inch main blowout that happened at about noon.

    “It appeared to us that the existing pipeline had pushed apart inside the casing pipe,” Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said. “It appeared to have been leaking some time.”

  • TVA denies making Ladd Landing mess

    A pile of large stumps, limbs, dirt and a handful of tires stands in stark contrast to the image of Kingston’s High Street community in Ladd Landing.

    The pile sits in or near a TVA power line right of way just inside the High Street gate.

    “This has been here for years, but it has gotten worse,” said resident David Naus.

  • Medicare, spending overhaul on D.C. agenda

    Congressmen Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais both shared what they’ve done their first 100 days in office during visits in Kingston Tuesday afternoon.

    Fleischmann, who represents six precincts in Roane County, started with a community meeting at Kingston City Park before The Roane Alliance luncheon.

    Both agreed one of the most important thing during their first 100 days was the actions Congress took to cut spending and fix the nation’s deficit.

  • Jail procedures unchanged after inmate's death

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t short on moral support following this month’s death of an inmate at the county jail.

    “I had several sheriffs call me that experienced it before,” Stockton said. “They just wanted to know if I needed anything.”

    The inmate, Robert Allen Harrison, died on April 8.

    Stockton said it was the first time an inmate has died in jail since he became sheriff in 2006.

  • College officials, police denounce legislators’ gun plan

    Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan was speaking out, expressing his concern for the safety of students, faculty and staff on college campuses if a bill being discussed in the legislature to allow guns on public campuses is passed.
    Morgan has joined the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, and numerous other presidents, faculty, staff and students of Tennessee’s public higher education institutions in opposing the bills.

  • School wars over religion heating up

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
    Just when First Amendment principles seem to be working in public education, new fights over student religious speech threaten to reignite culture-war battles in schools across the country.

  • Lady Tigers top Harriman, 6-2

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers remained undefeated in District 3-A play Tuesday evening as Larry Brackett’s squad travelled to Harriman and knocked of the Lady Devils, 6-2.