Today's News

  • Right to petition an oft-forgotten freedom element

    First Amendment Center
    The “right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the last freedom of the First Amendment, is the most forgotten freedom.
    Each year when the First Amendment Center commissions its State of the First Amendment survey, petition is the freedom few can name (only 6 percent in 2010).
    Why is the right of petition the forgotten freedom when it has deep historical roots?

  • Wandering child’s uncle sentenced

    James Saylor reported to the Roane County Jail on Wednesday to serve 48 hours for his guilty to plea to reckless endangerment.
    Rockwood police took out a warrant for Saylor, 30, in September after a 2-year-old he was supposed to be watching was found wandering in the middle of East Evans Street.
    According to court records, Saylor pleaded guilty on Dec. 12. He was fined $100.
    All jail time, except for 48 hours, was suspended.

  • More sue TVA over ash spill

    One of the final lawsuits filed against TVA before the three-year anniversary of the ash spill lists around 330 plaintiffs.
    The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Dec. 21.
    The Dec. 22, 2008, disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash into the environment.

  • We predict 2012’s top stories

    Last year the Roane County News staff moved away from focusing on the top stories of the past year and decided to turn our focus toward potential big stories in the year ahead.
    We like doing that because it gets us thinking of the future and it allows us to tell you what we expect to be spending our resources on next year.
    Here are 12 local stories we believe will be well worth watching in 2012:
    • Change of leadership in the school system: Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff says she will retire after school ends this spring.

  • Support breaks abuse cycle

    Victims of domestic violence often feel like they have nowhere to turn, especially when their partners have alienated them from loved ones and have control of finances.
    Sharmin Bradley, the Roane County domestic violence advocate with Child & Family Tennessee, wants to make sure these victims know someone cares.

  • Rockwood boys victors, Harriman loses close one

    By Brody Jones

    Roane Newspapers


  • Lady Waves open Jon Loden Classic with win


    Roane Newspapers

  • Museum closing ‘Noise!’ on Dec. 31

    The last day to sound off in the “Noise!” traveling exhibition is only a day away — the interactive playful look at the physics of sound closes Dec. 31 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit gives museum visitors the opportunity to use flip flops to play music on the pipe organ or use the mallet to create musical notes on the various sizes of wrenches attached to the globe.

    It will also show visitors how many decibels they can generate when they enter the scream chamber.

  • State park system turning 75 next year

    The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary, and to kick off this year-long commemoration, each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the new year.

    “We are very excited to announce Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary and felt this series of First Hikes would be a fitting way to commence the various celebrations slated throughout the year and across the state,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

  • Bill aims to end eighth-grade social promotion

    State Sen. Brian Kelsey and Charlotte Burks plan to introduce a bill during the 2012 legislative session to ensure that Tennessee eighth-graders have learned the material necessary to start high school.

    Senate Bill 2156 will end the practice of social promotion for eighth-graders. Social promotion is the practice of passing students to the next grade level, even though those students have not mastered the material.