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Today's News

  • Making a splash

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer time and both the Rockwood and Kingston Community Center swimming pools offer a safe, fun and inexpensive way to swim this summer.

    Both pools offer public swim times in the afternoon as well as exercise classes and swimming lessons for the public.

    The Kingston Community Center pool is open seven days a week with open pool for the public on Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission for public swim is $2.50.

  • EPA's increased role welcome in fly ash cleanup

    It’s hard to characterize TVA’s role in the ash spill cleanup thus far: The fox guarding the henhouse or the chickens guarding the henhouse?

    Neither is good.

    But however you look at it, it is clear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s increased role in the cleanup effort is an improvement.

    Already, concerned residents are being afforded some comfort with new indepth toxicology and health testing. And as you can tell from our stories on Page 1, the EPA seems to have an improved focus on communication.

  • Historic buildings deserve our help

    Roane County is blessed with some wonderful historical treasures.

    The old Roane County Courthouse in Kingston is high on the list, but so is the Temperance Building in Harriman, the Carnegie-built Harriman Public Library, which is nearly 100 years old, and the Southern Railroad Depot in Oliver Springs.

    So far, caring people who understand the importance of these treasures — both for tourism and for the cultural heritage of the residents — have helped these structures survive.

  • Midway falls short against defending state champ Forrest

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Midway senior pitcher Hannah Colyer fired a four-hitter with one walk Tuesday night in the Lady Waves TSSAA Class A State Tournament opening game against Forrest, but it wasn't enough for the Lady Waves to defeat the defending state champion Lady Rockets as Forrest took advantage of six Midway errors in picking up a 4-0 victory.

    Half of Midway's errors came in the bottom of the second inning and it proved costly as Forrest scored three of their four runs.

  • Roane County Park job leaves us wondering

    Former Roane County elections administrator Tony Brown lost his job because of politics last Friday.

    Brown is a Democrat. But a change in the state legislature, from a Democratic majority to more Republicans in power, meant that Republicans also get the edge in county election commissions across the state by three GOP members to two Democrats.

    And as a result, and not unexpectedly, Brown was ousted and a Republican was put in his place.

    We (and the state attorney general) have issues with that process, but that is another matter.

  • Beverly Stroh, Rockwood's industrial recruiter dies

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Still reeling after the death of a city councilman last week, Rockwood has lost another city official this week.

    Beverly Stroh, who was economic development coordinator for the city, died early Wednesday of a stroke, according to City Coordinator Jim Hines.

  • Next stop Murfreesboro for Lady Waves

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Somebody had to pay and that somebody was Unaka.

    That was pretty much the message delivered Friday evening as the Midway Lady Green Waves bounced back from a frustrating loss in Wednesday’s Region 2-A Championship game against Coalfield by pounding the Lady Rangers in the TSSAA Class A Sectional, 10-3.

    Wednesday’s loss was a 1-0 heartbreaker against the Lady Jackets, but Midway co-head coaches Robbie Viar and Craig Hutchinson knew at the time that their team would come back with a vengeance.

  • Is Pinnacle Pointe dispute nearing an end?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A dispute that has been going on roughly two years may be a few months from resolution.

    Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright made the motion last week to set a 90-day timeline to settle the ongoing who-owes-whom debate between Harriman and the developers of Prestige Land Co.

    “Lets move on with it,” Wright said.

  • Another trial set in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky and Leon Houston took the main entrance into the courthouse on Thursday.

    The brothers were released on bond last week.

    Gone are the shackles and handcuffs and having to be shuffled in through a side entrance flanked by officers.

    Their newfound freedom apparently didn’t sit well with a family member of one of the men the brothers are accused of killing.

  • New landfill rules for fly ash come late

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Legislation that would set requirements for the storage of coal fly ash in landfills was passed by the state senate this week.

    Under Senate Bill 1559, landfills would have to contain a liner and be capped properly in order for the state to grant a permit for the storage of fly ash.