Today's News

  • Youthful new use slated for old Roane jail

    The county plans to use the old jail adjacent to the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston to store records and house the Juvenile Probation Department.

    The Roane County Commission approved the plan last month for the building, which was vacated for its original use in September 2009 with the opening of the new jail on Third Street.

    Space in the old jail was also allocated for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Building and Grounds Department and Office of Emergency Services.  

  • Designing Women

    Rockwood’s Shirley Freeman has brought her folk art dolls to life with stories of their own.

    Freeman, who has made dolls all her life, picked the creative habit back up in August when her granddaughter refueled her inspiration, and she has put their personalities to paper.

  • East Tenn. coach gets care charge for area schools

    With a mission that includes focusing on getting others to care for each other, the organization Care 365 wants to spread a simple act of kindness, charging dead batteries, across the state and beyond.

    It’s why its founder, retired Lenoir City Coach Dave Moore, has been working to get battery packs into the schools to allow staff, students and families to have access if they have a dead car battery, or with the air compressor fix a flattened tire.

  • Image-conscious agency touts cleanup work since disaster

    TVA is conscious about its public image. When 60 Minutes ran a story about the ash spill, the agency put out a statement criticizing the news agency.

    When the civil trial over the disaster started in September, TVA issued a statement touting the work it had done to restore the area around the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    So it came as no surprise that TVA officials were willing to discuss the ongoing cleanup a few days before the three-year anniversary of the disaster.

  • Sustainable Roane: Energy, recycling initiatives abound

    First it was just an idea: Let’s make Roane County a sustainable community.
    After nearly a half a million dollars in grants and a rapidly spreading grassroots movement, Roane County is starting the year 2012  greener than ever before.
    It took the TVA ash spill, an environmental disaster of national proportions, to spark the movement.

  • Resolve to be ready if disaster strikes in 2012

    As 2011 — one of the most active years for disasters in recent history — comes to a close, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are encouraging people to Resolve to be Ready in the new year by making a resolution to be prepared for emergencies.
    “Every family, community and state are susceptible to disasters,” said TEMA Director Jim Bassham. “The most effective way to protect our homes, businesses and loved ones is for everyone to take preparedness as an individual responsibility.”

  • ANOTHER VIEW BY LEE HAMILTON: Add civility and civic skills to new year goals

    This is a season of giving, good cheer, and forbearance.
    Too bad that, as the political season begins in earnest with the turn of the year, all those fine sentiments will become just a memory.
    So maybe, as we jot down our New Year’s resolutions, we could add this one: “Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.”
    And then let’s hope that our political leaders add it to their lists, too.

  • 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.