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Today's News

  • New EPA proposals for mercury emissions

    In response to a court deadline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants.  

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The buzz of spring is worth the noise

    It was Monday — the Monday after the spring-forward time change.

    For me, that is typically the hardest Monday of the year.

    I had come home, taken care of a few errands, then quickly succumbed to my overwhelming, but unusual need for a weekday nap.

    I always seem to need a nap the Monday after the spring-forward time change, despite the lure of an extra hour of evening sunlight. Sometimes I miss Arizona, where the time never sprang forward or fell back.

  • Long winter has trashy impact

    After a long, desolate winter, many of Roane County’s litter-strewn roadways should begin looking cleaner again.

    Carelessly tossed trash — especially along some of the county’s busiest roadways — was especially noticeable this winter.

    A few weeks ago, roads leading to Whitestone Inn, one of Roane County’s most luxurious resorts, were an embarrassment of beer cans, soda bottles and fast-food bags and boxes.

    Now that fair weather has arrived, officials said that situation will change across the county.

  • Census data show 4 percent population growth for county

    Roane County grew by 2,271 people over the past decade, according to figures from the 2010 Census.

    The data, released this week, shows Roane County with a population of 54,181.

    That represents an increase of 4.4 percent from 2000.

    Loudon County had the biggest growth of any nearby county. The population there increased 24.2 percent over the last decade.

  • Lawyer Mike Ritter is reinstated

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter has been reinstated to practice law by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Ritter was temporarily suspended by the court on Jan. 31.

    According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, the suspension stemmed from his failure to respond to the board about a complaint of misconduct.

    Ritter couldn’t be reached on Thursday, but he vehemently denied any wrongdoing when asked about the allegations last month.

  • Civil War plate sales to help preserve Tennessee battlefields

    The official Tennessee Civil War 150th Anniversary license plate is now available for car owners in the state.

    Sponsored by the non-profit partnering organization, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, proceeds from the plate will help preserve Tennessee Civil War battlefields.

    A portion of the funds will go to the home county of each participant to support the Tennessee Civil War Trails program, helping communities fund Civil War Trail signs and provide for their ongoing maintenance.    

  • Hit the road for Thunder Road fun in Rockwood

    Classic car shows, entertainment and pageants are among the attractions for the annual Thunder Road Festival in downtown Rockwood.

    The all-day event will start at 10 a.m. April 2 and include exhibits and crafters.

    Amy Duggar of the hit TV show “19 Kids and Counting” will return to Rockwood as the head-
    line musical entertainment.

    Duggar filmed some of her first music video, “Crazy in Love,” in downtown Rockwood. The song has just been released to mainstream country.

  • Relay roadblock Saturday

    Roane Countians can show their support for Relay for Life teams by donating during the Relay roadblock March 19 at Hwys 27 and 29.

    Roane County’s Relay for Life teams will collect donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Relay for Life, an overnight event, celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and provides the community with an opportunity to unite and fight back.

    This year’s event will be April 29-30 at Roane State Community College.

  • Basketry first of Rugby workshops

    Historic Rugby’s spring workshops are sure to chase away the winter blues.

    The Cumberland Plateau museum village, with its unique Victorian architecture, lodging in historic buildings, and wooded, river-gorge setting, is an ideal location for learning experiences.

    The first workshop, Honeysuckle Basketry, is perfect for beginning basket makers.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17.  

  • Senators greet Harriman couple

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, left, and Bob Corker, right, meet with Scott and Carol Wood of Harriman during a recent Tennessee Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building.

    Tennessee Tuesday, hosted by Alexander and Corker, is a weekly constituent breakfast at 9 a.m. each Tuesday.

    It is open to all Tennesseans visiting Washington, D.C.