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Today's News

  • Kingston city worker hurt when beam slips

    A Kingston city employee was hurt on the job Monday morning while performing maintenance at the Kingston wastewater plant. 

    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said plant manager Mike Jolly was injured when a beam struck him in the back.

    The accident happened around 11:30.

    Pinkerton said a cable attached to an A-frame had some slack that employees didn’t see.

    The beam was going to be used to lift a piece of equipment so the bearings could be replaced.

  • Roane schools get 'reasonable' report card

    Achievement is not the challenge facing Roane County Schools.

    “Our challenge is growth,” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

    That was reflected in the Tennessee Department of Education’s latest state report card.

    According to the data, Roane County had exemplary or above average grades in math, reading/language, social studies and science in the report card’s achievement category.

  • Yager says crunch is on

    State Sen. Ken Yager met with the Roane County Tea Party this month to discuss issues facing the 107th General Assembly.

    “The No. 1 issue is the same one that we’ve dealt with for the last two years is the state budget,” said Yager, who was appointed chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. “We have experienced a very serious budget crisis in Tennessee because of the dramatic drop in revenues.”

    Yager said he expects the state will balance its budget with current revenues and additional cuts.

  • Lawyer who worked for TVA now over TDEC

    The new head of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Robert J. Martineau Jr., once represented TVA in a lawsuit, according to federal court documents.

    The state of North Carolina sued TVA in 2006.

    The lawsuit alleged that pollutants from TVA power plants traveled into North Carolina and harmed human health, safety, comfort, the environment and economy.

  • Haslam order a slap in the face of Tennesseans

    After the inaugural celebration for Gov. Bill Haslam this weekend, the new governor turned and immediately slapped the face of the public who elected him.
    He signed three executive orders that, according to a news release from his office, were intended to set out his commitment to transparency and openness in state government.
    Some commitmment.
    Included in those orders was language that eliminates the governor and his top aides from having to disclose how much they earn in outside income.

  • Impressions: Flap over flapjacks leads to warning

    Folks know I get around. They also know that while on my travels I like to eat.
    Well, sometimes, overeat, as witnessed by the spare tire hanging around my middle.
    Since work regularly takes me to several counties in the greater Knoxville area, I’ve had an opportunity to sample many a restaurant’s fare.
    As not to cut into Bethel Poston’s “Out to Lunch” feature, I won’t name any names.
    Let’s just say there’s plenty of good places to chow down here and around here.

  • Take your sweetheart for a ride on the rails this Valentine’s Day

    The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train’s traditional Valentine's dinner train ride offers a romantic setting for couples.

    Sweethearts are welcome to take in the beauty of East Tennessee with fine dining in the style established by the great passenger railroads of the 1930s-40s.

    The annual Valentine trips have become so popular that Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, which operates the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train, has scheduled four Valentine dinner trains on the weekend leading into Valentine's Day.

  • Hurley appointed to Transportation, Government Operations committees

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has been named to the powerful House Transportation and the Government Operations Committee for the 107th General Assembly.

    Both committees will play a key role in the upcoming session.

    “Ensuring Tennessee’s infrastructure is safe and state of the art will assist our state in drawing new business here and creating jobs,” Hurley said.

    “I am honored to have been named to this committee and I look forward to our work.”

  • Yager chairing Senate’s State, Local Government Committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been appointed chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, a key legislative appointment.

    Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made the appointment late last week as the State Senate wound up a week of organizational tasks.

    “Sen. Yager has vast experience in state and local government matters,” said Ramsey of the senator, who served for 24 years as Roane County executive and mayor from 1982-2006.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Joshua S. Bradley, speeding March 31. Traffic ticket paid May 6.

    David C. Standish, speeding March 31. Traffic ticket paid May 6.

    Billy J. Wilson, speeding April 1. Traffic ticket paid May 5.

    Arthur G. Izer, speeding April 1. Dismissed May 7, cost to defendant.

    Dennis Washington, speeding March 29. Dismissed May 7, cost to state.