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Today's News

  • Thief leaves behind job application

    A man is suspected of stealing a jar containing money donated to Operation REACH from 518 Liquor and Wine in Rockwood.
    Operation REACH is a local charity that gives needy children the opportunity to buy Christmas presents. Police said the jar contained at least $40.
    Authorities have identified the suspect thanks to surveillance video and a damning piece of evidence that was left behind — a job application for the store.
    The application had the man’s name, driver’s license number, date of birth and address.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The big frou-fraw the last few days has been over the “WikiLeaks” of State Department cables.
    This incident proves once again what so few seem to recognize: First, there are no secrets, government or otherwise, (if two people know it, sooner or later one is going to let it out) and second, everyone is placing too much reliance on computers and the Internet to do their business.

  • Gypsum pond leak does not bode well

    It was disturbing to learn Wednesday that Kingston Fossil Plant’s new gypsum pond is leaking — just two years after the December 2008 ash disaster.
    That disaster changed the face of Roane County for many — both inside and outside the area.
    We have heard promises from state environmental officials that this gypsum containment system would be different and safer.
    With seepage showing this early on, we’re not feeling very confident about their claims.

  • 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.