Today's News

  • County committee spells out what it wants from schools



    After butting heads a few times over money, Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee has outlined a list of things it wants the school system to provide during this year’s budget process.

    They include revenue projections, descriptions of each school, enrollment data, pupil/teacher ratios, teacher and support personnel salary data, zoning maps, bus replacement schedules that list bus models, years and mileage.

  • Despite nasty weather, school buildings OK



    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the system managed to avoid any major maintenance issues during the streak of bad weather that kept students out of school for two weeks last month.

    “We had some guttering issues at Dyllis Springs Elementary,” he said. “We had a pipe to freeze at Cherokee Middle School.”

    Aytes said some buildings also experienced leaky roofs.

  • State offers financing to upgrade OS wastewater



    Oliver Springs is receiving $3.458 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements.

    The 20-year loan deal with the state is a $3.215 million loan with an interest rate of 0.68 percent and $242,060 in principal forgiveness — money that will not have to be repaid.

  • Sheriff on track with crime reports



    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is back in good standing with the TBI on the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

    In a letter dated Feb. 25, TBI Director Mark Gwyn notified Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton that his office has met the requirements for re-certification for data submission to the TIBRS program.

  • TVA Watts Bar to be topic at open house

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house and poster session on March 17 to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Watts Bar nuclear power plant’s Unit 1 during 2014.

    The plant, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is near Spring City, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville and about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The open house and poster session will begin at 6 p.m. in Athens Comfort Inn at 2811 Decatur Pike.

  • Take a healthy hike along the Obed

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial next year, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is planning monthly healthy hikes.

    Healthy hikes are ranger-led activities that provide visitors with opportunities to improve their health and learn more about their national parks.

    Participants for this month’s healthy hike should meet at 3 p.m. in the Lilly Overlook parking area on March 21.

    Ranger Chance Hall will lead a half-mile hike out the Boulder Field Trail.

  • OR swimming classes set

    Preschool aquatics and swimming lessons for all ages are planned in Oak Ridge.

    Classes begin March 21, March 24 and March 26.

    There are 8 classes, each 30 minutes.

    The fee is $65, with an additional $10 nonresident fee for those who live outside Oak Ridge.

    Enrollment is limited. Registration is available at the Oak Ridge Civic Center front desk, with payment due at the time of registration; cash and checks are accepted.

  • Agent busy, but his phone wasn’t ringing off the hook

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers

    It’s Tennessee Extension Month, and it’s interesting to note how far the program has come since its beginnings a century ago.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agriculture programs date back to 1914, with the first agriculture agent being James L. Herron.

    Things were different in those days, with Mr. Herron reporting 1,400 miles traveled by railroad.

    The phone didn’t ring as often, either, with only 192 calls reported for the year.

  • Hospice volunteer training coming up

    Amedisys Hospice will conduct a two-day hospice volunteer training in Rockwood next week.

    The training sessions for ages 16 and older will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 and 19 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Lunch will be provided both days.

    “Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care,” said Martha Dodge, Amedisys volunteer coordinator.

    “Younger folks can make cards, room decorations and other things to brighten the day of those with terminal diseases and those caring for them.”

  • Commodity foods to soon be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods later this month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified before March 13.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.