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Today's News

  • OFF THE CUFF: Say what?!? High school source of quotes passion

    I’m a sucker for a good quote.

    I often call them “quotable quotes.” And I’m not picky. I bounce from the profound to the ironic to the offbeat to the humorous to the colorful ... and then back again.

    My passion for words probably plays a big part in it. Combine that with a journalistic mind, and you have someone who is constantly milling through life looking for someone to utter memorable phrases and/or sentences.

  • Midway students of the month honored
  • TVA's gypsum pond springs leak

    TVA’s effort to regain public confidence took another hit Wednesday.

    A leak was discovered in the gypsum pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The leak was stopped around 1 a.m. Thursday, said TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci.

    In a news release, TVA said the pond was leaking water.

  • Ice so bad fire truck flips

    Ice-covered roads prevented many motorists from successfully getting around Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

    Among those skidding off the road were emergency responders.

    Things got scary for West Roane Volunteer Fire Chief Charlie Redwine and his crew when their truck flipped while responding to a call around midnight Wednesday.

    They were on their way to help a stranded motorists whose vehicle was stuck on the side of Winton Chapel Road near Rockwood.

  • Ash spill second anniversary nears, cleanup continues

    Heavy yellow equipment became a regular sight at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant following the fly ash catastrophe.

    The sight is still common nearly two years later as work on the recovery effort continues.

    “I guess it would be 2014 when we would expect to be completed,” said Barbara Martocci, TVA’s senior manager for media relations.

    Wednesday, Dec. 22, will mark two years since the disaster.

  • Mynatt suffers ruptured appendix

    Harriman City Councilman and Roane County Sheriff’s Office Major Ken Mynatt was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix over the weekend and is still recovering at the hospital at press time.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason asked for the absent Mynatt to be included when Councilman Lonnie Wright led the prayer before the Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14.

  • Road chief defends performance on roads

    Many Roane County roads were still covered in dangerous slick ice Thursday morning, well after weather forecaster said they should be clear.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said road crews began salting roads in Roane County 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and were still at work noon Thursday.

    He said the icy rain coating everything started earlier than his department expected.

    Accidents caused crews to change routes and also slowed them down, Hamby added.

  • TVA finds leak at gypsum containment

    A routine inspection of the gypsum pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant on Wednesday discovered clear water seeping from a single area on the side of the facility.

    Maintenance work is underway to stop the seepage, according to a TVA news release.  Emergency officials and Roane COunty Executive Ron Woody were notified.

    Gypsum is a limestone product resulting from pollution-control processes.  The seepage poses no hazard.  

  • Reasons for slow growth in Roane County?

    “Obviously, the economy is a reason,” County Commissioner Ron Berry said when he heard about Roane County’s relatively slow population growth rate of 3.1 percent over the past decade.
    If Berry is talking about the overall economic slump, then it would be difficult to explain why Loudon County’s (19.5) population shot up around six times the rate of Roane’s, or Monroe’s (17.6) at more than five times the rate.
    Then there is Meigs (11) and Rhea (9.2), each with a substantially higher growth rates.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Folks here at the newspaper get called some interesting names other than the ones our parents gave us.
    We accept this as an occupational hazard.
    But a couple of times a year, we don’t mind it so much.
    That’s because we turn into bonafide ding-a-lings.
    Yep, you got it. For those who might enjoy critically pointing out that we don’t have a clue, I say here’s your chance.