Today's News

  • Lady 'Cats fall at Grace, 4-0

    The Oliver Springs Lady Cats had no answer for Grace Christian freshman Jessica Webb on Monday evening and saw their season come to an end with a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Lady Rams.

  • Oak Ridge Reservation issues complicate cleanup

    For years, many have recognized the extreme complexity of the Oak Ridge Reservation with regard to environmental management activities and challenges.

    The complexity includes a diversity of waste products disposed of and treated in a myriad of ways in a setting where there is abundant rainfall and nearby population centers. This situation is further complicated by the complex geology of the site and the resulting hydrologic conditions.

  • New uranium processing facility needed

    Roane County Executive
    Y-12 involves much more than maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile.  

    Work completed in the uranium processing facility will include dismantlement and disposition, material recycle and recovery, nuclear nonproliferation, producing fuel for naval reactors, and supplying medical isotopes that will be used in cancer treatment.

    Opponents of the new Y-12 uranium processing facility are simply misleading the public in referring to this facility as a “bomb plant.”  

  • Ash spill workshops continue

    TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are inviting the public to the fifth in a series of six workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County.

    The workshops provide information on the River System Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis Report on the Kingston recovery project.

  • Guest Opinion: Win for CIA is loss for rest of us

    First Amendment Center
    Governments like to keep things secret. To be fair, some government officials see the benefit of the free flow of information, but governments reflexively tend to keep things from public view, particularly if the information may raise questions about government conduct.

    Of course, our guarantees of freedom of speech and press were instituted in part to keep an eye on people in power.  If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information.

  • Kingston ponders beer law change

    Kingston City Council members want to make sure no one gets too hot about cold beer.

    The council delayed another decision this month about a change in the city’s beer ordinance, which currently requires establishments that have retail beer sales to have a 250-foot distance, lot line to lot line, from “churches, schools, or other places of public gathering.”

    The city council’s proposed amendment to the ordinance would change it such that the 250-foot measure was from building to building — rather than lot line to lot line.

  • Solar farm jolts grid

    Officials held a “power up” ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the new solar farm at the East Tennessee Technology Park. 
    Restoration Services Inc. self-financed the 1.3 acre project as part of its Brownfield-to-Brightfield initiative.

  • Just-hired Rockwood official may get ax

    The short tenure of one of Rockwood’s most recent employees might come to an end if Rockwood officials get and approve the 2013 fiscal budget as proposed at a budget workshop Monday morning.
    Mayor James Watts has listed the salary line item for city administrator Jack Miller as zero.
    “Due to the financial situation we’re in, I just find it very difficult to put in that kind of salary,” Watts said.
    Councilman Mike Freeman wasn’t convinced that was the right choice.

  • Roane schools may need multi-year tax hike

    Roane County property owners could have to fork over more tax money in the new fiscal year.
    Roane County Schools business manager Eric Harbin told board members during a recent work session that the 2012-13 school budget will require a 6-cent property tax rate increase to fund. The board is set to vote on the budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.  
    “We wanted to get the tax increase as low as possible,” Harbin said.
    To do that, school officials are proposing to use $1.4 million of one-time monies to fund the budget.

  • State rep runners sound off

    n that saw one of her highly publicized initiatives pass, state Rep. Julia Hurley is ready to take on Kent Calfee in the Aug. 2 primary.
    “I’m very interested to hear him explain how he can do a better job, or even close to the job I’ve done,” Hurley said. “I passed the drug testing for welfare bill in my first term.”
    Hurley and Calfee are seeking the Republican nomination in State House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.