Today's News

  • Arrests

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

    Oct. 4 – Thomas Jason Aslinger, 32, 364 Half Moon Road, Oliver Springs: assault. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 28.

    Jason Scott Babb, 37, 429 White Wing Road, Lenoir City: dom/12 hour and condition waived due to occur date; and after trial mitt. Total bond $1,000; no court date listed.

  • MATCH gets national kudos for Ridgeview

    The Modified Assertive Community Treatment for Co-Occurring Homeless program Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center Inc. is one of 11 nationwide winners of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2011 Service to Service Award.

    Ridgeview, a provider of mental health and substance abuse services for Roane County and four other East Tennessee counties, represented the only Southeastern state awarded this distinction and was the sole winner nationwide in the Co-Occurring category.

  • ORNL tank to go out

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) is in the midst of offsite shipments of soils excavated from around an underground waste tank at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    This removal action is being performed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and will eliminate a known source of contaminants being released to the groundwater.

    The action includes excavation of Tank W-1A and 355 cubic yards of soil and associated secondary waste. The soils are being packaged in lead-lined boxes and shipped off site for disposal.

  • Volunteer Energy’s helping hand

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share board member Alton Lingerfelt presented a $1,000 grant check to L.K. “Butch” Barding of the South Roane Volunteer Fire Department. VECustomers Share is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering VEC’s 17-county service area, including Roane County’s South of the River area.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Cookie Jar adventure a resounding success


    One morning as we left the Roane State Fitness Center, Jim and Mae Grasham told me I needed to write an “Out to Lunch” article on the Cookie Jar Café.

    “We went last week with two other couples, and the food was really good,” Jim said. “Be sure to save room for the homemade coconut cream pie.”

  • ‘Major’ industry eyeing Roane site

    According to a resolution on Roane County Commission’s tentative agenda, a major industry is finalizing plans to construct a distribution facility in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who submitted the resolution, would not disclose the identity of the industry.

    The county commission meets today – Monday – at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at 7 p.m.

    The resolution is to apply for an industrial access road grant to service the unnamed industry.

  • Land value to stand for assessor’s ex-husband

    An administrative judge has denied Steve Kirkham’s request to have his 2010 property appraisals thrown out.

    Kirkham, a local convenience store magnate, was once married to Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham. The two went through a heated divorce that his lawyer said included “great animus coupled with animosity and rancor.”

  • Reporters Notebook by Damon Lawrence: TVA trial lawyers still have work to do

    Phase 1 of the first TVA ash spill trial concluded last week, but the work is not done for the lawyers involved.
    U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan instructed the parties to provide the court with their proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law along with closing argument briefs.

    The briefs will allow each side to expand upon or reiterate what they told Varlan during verbal closing arguments last week. Varlan asked that the briefs be limited to 25 pages.

    He also instructed the parties to submit summaries of the witness testimony.

  • A toot of the flute for band festival


    Midway High School student Amanda Ooten performs the flute during the 10th annual Roane County Rotary Clubs Band Festival at Rockwood High School last week. The schools rotate hosting duties for the event, which the Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood use as an opportunity to collect items for various food banks throughout the county and give the bands a chance to visit and watch each other’s shows in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

  • Robbery suspect muses: Why do police want me?

    Any confusion Tina Nicole Goldberg had on why officers were looking for her was cleared up on Oct. 10.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department arrest report, Goldberg flagged an officer down on North Gateway Avenue and asked him why the police wanted to talk to her.

    “I advised her she was being investigated as the suspect in a robbery of a business in Harriman,” the report said. “Dispatch did verify the warrant was in hand, and I arrested Tina Nicole Goldberg.”