Today's News

  • No parking rankles Wheeler dwellers

    A sign on Rockwood’s West Wheeler Street forbidding street parking has its residents up in arms.

    Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce put up the sign after receiving complaints.

    Rockwood City Council decided Monday to take down the sign, but city leaders will continue to look into what needs to be done to address traffic flow on the street.

    “If we’re going to do something that needs to be enforced, we need to put together an ordinance so it can be enforced,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Rockwood gives teens a voice in the community

    Rockwood youth have a voice, and the city is listening.

    High school- and college-age youth are part of the Rockwood Youth Advisory Committee. Rockwood City Council member Krystal Hennager is the sponsor for the highly motivated young people who want more for their community and those their age.

    Their first project, a community homecoming bonfire, went well, and now the group is gearing up to help with this weekend’s Halloween party in downtown Rockwood.

  • Swan Pond folks vent to EPA

    Swan Pond resident Don Simon hasn’t experienced much success in his quest to speak with top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His frustration with that was expressed on Wednesday during a public hearing on EPA’s plan to regulate coal ash.

    “I’m not here to thank the EPA,” Simon said. “I’m basically here to chastise them.”

  • Need pews? They're free

    Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman, is giving away church pews.

    Call 882-7659 for details.

    The church is at 1014 Sevier Drive.

  • Contest gives kids a chance to boost their school lunches

    A nationwide recipe contest aims to give America’s students the opportunity to contribute foods to their school lunch menus.

    The goal of the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge is to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus.

  • EPA coal-ash hearing draws advocates, environmentalists

    An industry exists for the fly ash produced at coal-fired power plants.

    People who make a living in that industry were very vocal at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on Wednesday.

    Randy Compton said he sells recycled ash, which can be used in products like concrete, cement and wallboard.   

    “I take it from the power plant and sell it to the ready mix producers,” he said.

  • TVL season winding down

    With the last week of the regular season on the horizon, the Tennessee Valley League has only one question remaining as to where a set of teams will finish.

  • Ladd recalls Coach "Hoot" Gibson

    The Coach Jim "Hoot" Gibson Memorial Game returns to Kingston this Friday to remember a great coach and educator for both Loudon and Kingston High Schools. 

  • Regular season comes to an end Friday night

    Oh how time flies.

    It seemed like only yesterday that Roane County’s five football teams put on the pads for the start of practice in the hot July sun, but now blankets and hot chocolate will be in high demand Friday night as the regular season comes to a close.

  • Misusing religion to bash for votes

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
    Thomas Jefferson may be an iconic Founder today, but in the 1800 presidential campaign he was widely condemned for being an “atheist in religion and a fanatic in politics” who (it was rumored) had a secret plan to confiscate all the Bibles in the land.
    Sad truth be told, rumors, smears and nasty debates over the religious affiliation, or lack thereof, of candidates for office have marred American political campaigns since the early days of the Republic.