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Today's News

  • Rain pounds region

    Heavy rains wreaked havoc across Roane County Monday, leaving flooded roads and homes, mudslides and accidents throughout the day.

    Emergency crews were dispatched to a wreck on Lawnville Road around 4:30 p.m.

    Dispatch said there was a vehicle wrapped around a tree with people inside.  

    Emergency personnel were kept busy assisting people out of their homes as rising flood waters trapped them inside.

    An emergency shelter was opened at Roane State Community College for people who evacuated.

  • Federal aid iffy after severe stroms

    Monday’s bad weather is unlikely to produce a federal disaster declaration for the state, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

    “We get damage assessments from all the counties,” spokesman Jeremy Heidt said. “They’re doing that right now, but based on what we’re getting reported, it does not seem that that is likely to happen.”

    A disaster declaration could make counties eligible for federal assistance.

  • Rockwood to address sewage plant violations

    Rockwood officials say they are  ready to move forward with meeting the requirements of a state order that came down last month regarding issues at the Rockwood wastewater treatment plant.

    Those issues include illegal discharges and failing to turn in paperwork in a timely manner.

    Engineer Mike MacIndoe of Fulghum MacIndoe & Associates met with the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas officials last Tuesday to discuss the next steps.

  • Oneida tops Rockwood, 46-44

    To advance in the TSSAA State Tournament, one has to play to the best of their ability and for Oneida, they did things the "Wright" way as Jake Wright dropped 18 points on the Rockwood Tigers en route to a 46-44 squeaker that extended Oneida's season by at least one more game. 

  • Wartburg knocks Harriman out of region tourney, 74-55

    For the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs, it wasn't their easiest win, but the Lady Bulldogs, led by Kellie Kidd's 27 points, managed to pull away in the final period to keep their season alive with a 74-55 win over the Harriman Lady Blue Devils. 

  • Postseason run ends for Lady Tigers

    The most successful basketball season since 2001 came to an end Monday night for the Rockwood Lady Tigers as Amy Breazeale's squad suffered a 51-32 setback at the hands of Coalfield in the Region 2-A semifinals.

  • Jellico ousts Midway in 2-A opener, 72-45

  • Harriman survives Coalfield's upset bid, 74-67

    For three quarters Saturday night it looked like Harriman’s dreams of a return trip to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament would end at the hands of Coalfield in the first round of the Region 2-A Tournament.

  • Lots of work involved in new catering venture

    Hungarian chef Andras Bartha lays the foundation for his new Kingston business, Caramella Catering.

    The business will be in the former Blue Moon Café near Kingston City Park.

    Bartha plans to set up cooking classes and different events each month.

    He also plans on having a sidewalk bistro during the summer with premade lunches for Watts Bar Lake visitors and a European-style market at Christmas.

    “I think I’m making something really good for the community,” he said.

  • OR plant workers part of cancer scanning

    Nuclear workers from Oak Ridge are among the 10,000 who have received low-dose CT scans to detect early-stage lung cancer.
    The scans are part of the Worker Health Protection Program, a medical surveillance program for U.S. Department of Energy workers.
    A recent national study confirmed that low-dose CT scans can prevent death from lung cancer in high-risk individuals.
    Nuclear workers from Oak Ridge’s K-25 Site, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 facilities continue to be offered this medical screening technology at no cost.