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Today's News

  • County could get TVA campground

    Roane County could be taking over some TVA land.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the quasi-federal agency has approached the county about operating the Riley Creek campground.
    “Roane County will need to apply, and we still must approve, but we have said we are willing to consider and we think it is a good idea,” TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said.
    The campground is south of Kingston behind Anglers Cove subdivision.

  • Couple indicted

    A Harriman pair was indicted for selling drugs in a school zone.
    Stacy L. Inman and Marshaun Luden of 112 Redwood Drive were indicted for one count of possession for resale of a schedule substance in school zone.
    The indictment said that in May 2009 the couple sold marijuana in the amount of more than one half ounce but less than 10 pounds within 1000 yards of the grounds of a school facility.
    Police said the majority of the buys took place near Harriman High School.

  • TVA campground schedules

    The Tennessee Valley Authority’s 11 seasonal campgrounds on reservoirs throughout the Tennessee River watershed will open for the 2011 recreation season on Friday, March 18.
    These are in addition to about 70 TVA day-use recreation areas located on dam reservations that are open year-round.
    Day-use recreation areas are used for hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, wildlife viewing and swimming. The season for most campgrounds runs through Nov. 14.

  • Sewer rates in Midtown need more rethinking

    Some Roane County wastewater plant customers are complaining about having to pay for sewage treatment they do not use.
    We see another flaw in the billing system.
    Unlike many other utilities, the Roane County wastewater plant charges a flat fee for residential customers — no matter how much waste they produce.
    That means that a family of five — perhaps with two working adults — pays the same as an elderly person who lives along on a limited, fixed income.
    Where’s the fairness in that?

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    My social-network friends often share snippets of their lives with me and the rest of the cyberworld on a daily basis.
    That’s fine. I enjoy keeping up with their comings and goings that way.
    To be honest, though, I seldom post much about my world.
    I choose to share those thoughts with you here in this space.
    While I am known to blog at roanecounty.com, I am much more comfortable offering up ramblings on paper with ink.

  • 4-H Chick Chain
  • Roane County welcomes Miss Tennessee
  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 6-4 to extend Director of Schools Toni McGriff's contract for one-year.

    "I moved to the place where I did want to stay another year,” McGriff said following Tuesday night's special-called meeting. “I hoped that I had done a good enough job that the board would want me to return.”

    McGriff's contract was set to expire on June 30. The one-year extension will keep McGriff in charge of the school system until June 30, 2012.

  • Tough third quarter leads to Harriman's exit, 86-64

    In real life 3:43 doesn’t seem like that long a period of time.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 16.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 16.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March.