Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Day may be when religion, or lack of, will not matter

    First Amendment Center
    Remember all the media chatter during the primaries about how the “Mormon factor” could undermine Mitt Romney’s candidacy?

    Forget about it.

    American voters, it turns out, are mostly unconcerned about Romney’s religious affiliation or have no idea what it is.

  • RSCC president search opens up

    The closed-door search for the next Roane State Community College president is now being swung open.
    The presidential search advisory committee selected four finalists Wednesday, Aug. 15.
    While the initial meeting to discuss protocol was public, later meetings were closed until finalists were selected.
    It is the first presidential search the Tennessee Board of Regents has conducted since a new state law went into effect that kept applicants names private until finalists were selected.

  • Ruppe looks to God for answers on candidacy

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe used to sit at a place of much more authority when she was Morgan County Executive.
    Some in Morgan County would like to see her return to the post she lost in an unsuccessful re-election bid in 2010. She was unseated by current Morgan County Executive Don Edwards..
    “That isn’t me,” Ruppe said at a recent Rockwood meeting, referring to Facebook postings saying she should run. She didn’t rule it out, however, when asked if she would consider a run.

  • Bond set for accused killer Shawn Smoot

    Bond for accused killer Shawn Smoot has been set at $250,000. Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Nicole Morris.
    Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October.
    Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen signed the order granting Smoot bond on Thursday.
    The order requires Smoot to sign a waiver of extradition, and he must report to the state probation office in Kingston twice a month.

  • Y-12 nuclear operations resume

    The National Nuclear Security Administration authorized the resumption of nuclear operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex on Wednesday.
    However, B&W Y-12, the contractor that operates the complex for the government, will be under enhanced federal oversight, according to the NNSA. 
    B&W Y-12 ordered a temporary stand down on Aug. 1 in response to a security breakdown that occurred on July 28.

  • TVA President Kilgore calling it quits

    Tom Kilgore, the man who promised to make Roane County whole following the December 2008 ash spill, is stepping down.
    The TVA president/CEO announced his intentions to retire by the end of the year on Thursday.
    “I look forward to working more on my farm,” Kilgore said. “And I am proud of TVA’s focus on low rates, clean, reliable energy and enhancing the economic growth in the Tennessee Valley.”

  • Focus on TVA ash left in river

    Another cost analysis  and engineering evaluation has been prepared for the TVA fly ash spill cleanup. 
    This one deals with the residual ash in the river system.
    Local waterways were inundated with ash following a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.
    More than 5 million cubic yards of ash was released in what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regards as one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history.  

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Odds and ends help end writer’s dry spell

    Today’s column was hard to come by.
    I hit those kinds of dry spells sometimes and think to myself, do I give you an update on my 15-year-old cat, the one that ended up in a cast after I backed over him in May?
    Do I talk about my plans to visit the Sunshine and Lone Star states?
    Maybe I should share my recent adventure in the Sequatchie Valley.
    I think I’ll cover all of those topics.
    My big, gray-and-white tabby, Pony, so named because of his ample size, is doing fine after I nearly killed him.

  • Property Transfers: July 24-31, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 24-31:
    From Royce W. Slaven II to Veteran Enterprises & Technical Services LLC and Veteran Enterprises and Technical Services LLC by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, Map 470 Group H Control M, $0.

    From Shapiro & Kirsch LLP, Shapiro and Kirsch LLP, David E. Franklin and Gina D. Franklin to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs and United States of America by trustee’s deed, Dist. 2, Oakcliff Estates, Lot 44, $0.

  • Births: July 6-14, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    July 6 — Hayleigh Patterson and Xavier Murphy, Harriman. A girl, Kira Marie, 6 pounds, 6 ounces. Grandparent: Christina Patterson.

    July 8 — Lindsay and Kasey White, Oliver Springs. A boy, Kasen Elijah, 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Siblings: Keigan and Keylon. Grandparents: Jerry and Phyllis White; Jimmy and Sonja Crawford; Joey and Marlene Sexton.