Today's News

  • Brakes applied on LOC dissolution

    The Oak Ridge City Council passed a resolution this week that directs its mayor — Tom Beehan — to not vote for the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.
    The committee’s board of directors, on which Beehan serves, is scheduled to have a special meeting today (Friday) at The Roane Alliance Building in Kingston at 3 p.m.
    A resolution to dissolve the committee, a sort of watchdog on U.S. Department of Energy activities in and around Oak Ridge, is on the agenda.

  • TVA ASH SPILL LAWSUIT: Failure signs ‘everywhere’

    No one died when the dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of coal ash slurry on Dec. 22, 2008.
    For an agency that also deals with nuclear energy, another disaster might not turn out as fortunate.
    Attorney Jeff Friedman told U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan that’s why his job is so important.
    “This court has the power to give TVA the wakeup call they so badly need,” he said.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Sept. 9-21:

    From Jason Rose and Kimberly Rose to Thomas P. Hanrahan by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, Lot T24C, Phase 3, sub-area E, $100,000.

    From Tamara B. Miller and Thomas M. Kain to Jennifer Hess by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Villages of Center Farm, Newport Village, Lot 106, $156,000.

    From Howard A. Fehl to Federal National Mortgage Association by deed, Dist. 4, 12.25 acres, Gap, Lot 1, $0.

  • 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.


    Justin Levesque, probation violation. Dismissed.

    James Randall Pelfrey, probation violation. Dismissed.

    Don W. Johnson, probation violation. Guilty.

    Wayne A. Cooper, probation violation. Dismissed.

    James Davis, probation violation. Guilty.

  • Christmas basket applicants sought at Kingston church

    Kingston United Methodist Church has reserved dates and times within the month to take applications for its 2011 Christmas basket program.

    Applications will be accepted in the church’s ministry center at 212 W. Church St.

    They will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and Nov. 1.

    Daytime hours have also been established. Applications may be submitted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1.

  • ETSU dean's list: Summer 2011

    Brian S. Burnett of Oliver Springs earned placement on East Tennessee State University’s dean’s list for summer semester.

    To earn placement on the dean’s list, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate course work with a grade-point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

    ETSU is in Johnson City.

  • Spotlight on Rockwood First Christian Church
  • Children's Health Week noted

    Children’s Health Week has become a yearly tradition in Tennessee, and Roane County students celebrated with a variety of activities highlighting this year’s theme “A Healthy Tennessee Begins with a Healthy ME!”

    At each of the 17 schools, the health school team of staff, parents, community partners and students planned and carried out special events and educational initiatives that focused on creating a healthier lifestyle.

  • The game of life: Harriman High students test their financial savvy during simulation

    Harriman High School students recently participated in Roane County Extension Office’s financial simulation, where students participate in a mock game of life and its expenses.

  • Excelsior College graduate

    Krista Susanne Whaley of Oliver Springs recently earned an associate’s degree in Nursing from Excelsior College.

    The school is in Albany, N.Y.