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Today's News

  • Barger tops as office chief

    The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts has recognized Pat Barger of Watts Bar Utility District as Office Manager of the Year.

    Barger has been office manager of Watts Bar Utility District for 22 years. She oversees scheduling, billing, customer complaints, adjustments, and receiving and posting of payments.

    She was nominated by her son, Eric, who works closely with her and respects her leadership within the utility.

  • Patriot Flag on its way to OS

    An American flag that will be donated to the World Memorial in honor of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, will fly high in Oliver Springs on Sept. 22.

    Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26 will hoist the 30-by-56-foot Patriot Flag at Beech Park Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. The flag presentation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    The flag will be retired in an Oct. 2 ceremony at the World Memorial in Escondido, Calif.

  • Wandering tot found, sleepy uncle at large

    Rockwood police took out an arrest warrant on a man after a toddler in his care was found wandering in the street on Thursday.

    The warrant against James Saylor, 30, is for felony reckless endangerment.

    “Apparently he was asleep and the baby got out of the house,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said. “He didn’t have no idea the baby got out.”

    A motorist found the 2-year-old boy in the middle of the road on Evans Street around 11 a.m.

  • Tiger Haven files litigation against suing neighbors

    Last week Tiger Haven filed a $2.5 million counterclaim against the neighbors who are part of the lawsuit that was brought against the sanctuary in June.

    Citing extensive media coverage, Tiger Haven attorney S. Douglas Drinnon also asserts his clients cannot receive a fair trial in Roane County and is asking the court for a change of venue.    

    “Plaintiffs and various other Roane County residents and officials have initiated, pursued and promoted a very public campaign against the defendants,” Drinnon wrote.

  • Proceedings could go on for weeks, court officials predict

    Opening statements in the TVA ash spill civil trial are set to start today – Monday – at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    A number of Roane Countians are suing TVA over the disaster, which occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    “Our case is going to be based on TVA’s own documents,” plaintiffs’ attorney Jeff Friedman told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Varlan.    

    Varlan held court last Thursday to go over some pending motions and logistical issues for the trial.

  • Ouster move in Rockwood targets mayor, councilwoman

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts and first-term Rockwood City Council member  Jane Long are the subjects of two recall petitions filed with the Roane County Election Commission.

    The petitions, filed by Stephen Rose of Rockwood Village Apartments, asks for the two city leaders to be recalled pursuant to the Rockwood charter “for cause, malfeasance and general failure in duties, failure to provide proper oversight guidance and leadership to the city and it’s department and employees.”

  • Martin’s made his last service call

    After 25 years, Bob Martin has decided to retire early from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Manager Kim Ramsey said Martin, 62, was a service worker in the water and sewer departments.

    “We appreciate his years of service with the utilities and his loyalty. He’s been a dependable part of our utilities for a long time,” said Ramsey.

    Martin was among the workers offered early retirement as a money-saving measure for the utilities. It was an opportunity he jumped on.

  • Goodson's good game leads 'Kees past Midway, 42-6

    By JON LEFFEW

    After destroying Pickett County two weeks ago and enjoying the splendor of an open date last week, the Midway Green Wave looked to start out district play with a victory Friday night at Greenback.

    The homestanding Cherokees entered the contest with an unblemished record and victories over both Wartburg and Oliver Springs. However, Midway fans were treated to a pleasant surprise early Friday as all-everything tailback Richard Seymour was held out of the game due to a concussion in last week’s game.

  • Coalfield rally too much for Oliver Springs, 35-28

    The 2011 edition of the “Big Mountain Brawl” truly was a show-stopping, crowd-popping, body-rocking, slobber-knocking showdown that more than lived to all the hype as the Coalfield Yellow Jackets bounced back from a 28-14 deficit to score 21 unanswered points en route to a hard-fought 35-28 win over the Oliver Springs Bobcats.

  • Tigers tackle Taft, 45-12

    After suffering losses in three of their first four games, including a tough loss against Kingston last Friday night, the Rockwood Tigers picked up an easy win Friday night as John Webb's squad scored early and often in a 45-12 victory over Taft Youth Center.