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Today's News

  • EPA says respirators not needed at ash spill site

    Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said there is a system in place for monitoring the health of people working at the TVA ash spill site.  

    “We have perimeter air monitoring at six stations on site surrounding the work area, and that’s to guard against any off site dust migration from the worker area to local communities,” he said during an interview in June.

    The perimeter monitoring system isn’t the only thing being used, according to Zeller.

  • It seemed like a good idea at the time

    Roane County High School junior Cody Tallent got his Toyota 4-wheel drive pick up truck stuck vertical on the side of the dike Tuesday in Kingston.

    Gary’s Towing came and helped retrieve the vehicle.

  • Motorcycle accident leads to arrest

    A Rockwood man who wrecked his motorcycle last week is facing charges.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robert Fugate was traveling south on Abels Valley Road on Aug. 20 around 3:30 p.m.

    The report said Fugate was on a 2005 Honda CTX when he observed another vehicle making a left turn.

    “The vehicle that was turning is not a vehicle which is related in the crash,” the report said. “The driver of vehicle 1 (Fugate) slammed on the brakes and laid the motorcycle down and slid into a ditch.”

  • Race to benefit cancer center

     The Team Captain Kick-off for the 20th annual BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer to benefit Thompson Cancer Survival Center will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike.  

    The kick-off event presents an early opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to set-up their teams and kick-start their fundraising efforts for this year’s BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer.  The fundraising goal for 2013 is $475,000, with 6,000 registered participants.

  • GLA Services joins Roane Chamber

    New Chamber member GLA Services held a new member celebration event at The Roane Alliance on Thursday, May 23.

    Owner George Alter took the opportunity to talk about his business – a general contractor for residential/commercial/industrial markets. According to George, he’s basically a professional ‘handy-man’. George and his wife and co-owner Lisa can be reached by calling 201-5547.

  • Schools hope state shares budget surplus

    The state finished the 2012-13 fiscal year with a $42 million surplus in its general fund. With such good fortune abounding, Roane County Schools is hoping more revenue will find its way to education.

    “Between now and next budget time, we will be asking them if they can help us,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said about the state.

    The school system is facing a financial crisis that school officials said was caused by cuts in state funding.  

  • Task Force on Aging to help seniors

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the formation of the Task Force on Aging, a group charged with creating a plan to improve the lives and care of older Tennesseans and their families through a collaboration of public, private and nonprofit leaders.

     According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 14 percent of Tennesseans are 65 years of age or older, and the national average is 13.7 percent. Tennessee’s number is expected to grow to more than 22 percent by 2020.

  • Upgrading technology: Kingston, Rockwood get computers

    The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam has awarded 137 children’s computers to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee.

    Rockwood and Kingston Public libraries received stations that feature  more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children. These educational programs use engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.

  • Stephenson leads Bobcats in 40-0 rout

    By ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN
    Elizabethton Star
    Like trying to shovel sand into a bucket with a fork, the Unaka Rangers could not contain Oliver Springs senior tailback Eddie Stephenson on Friday night at Goddard Field.
    Stephenson rushed for a game-high 177 yards and two touchdowns as the Bobcats opened the 2013 football season with a 40-0 shutout victory over the Rangers.
    From the opening series it was clear that Unaka was going to have a difficult time stopping the Oliver Springs running attack as the ’Cats moved 50 yards for a score on seven plays.

  • Oneida edges Rockwood in overtime, 13-12

    By TYLER MANNING
    Roane Newspapers
    Football is often known as a religion here in the south. Friday night there was a perfect example of that at Rockwood’s Civitan Field as a defensive masterpiece took place with the visiting Oneida Indians edging Rockwood in overtime, 13-12.