Today's News

  • TVA’s ‘slime’ disputed

    TVA’s hired-out analysis of the ash spill was under attack again on Wednesday.
    Dan Marks, an expert witness for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against TVA, said he doubts a “slimes layer” contributed to the disaster.
    That was the theory put forth in a root-cause analysis conducted by Bill Walton of AECOM. Walton’s report said a slimes layer was one of the factors that led to the disaster.
    “I’m not sure how to phrase this, really,” Marks said. “The problem I have with the report basically boils down to attempting to identify a so-called slimes layer.”
    Marks took it a step further.

  • Animal blessings this weekend

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, will join other churches across the country on Oct. 2 in the tradition of the Blessing of Animals.

    The line of pets — everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and horses — will begin forming at 2 p.m.

    All animals — four legged, two legged, Episcopalian or other, furry, feathered or scaled — are welcome.

  • Christmas basket applications slated

    Kingston First Baptist Church has set aside three dates to take applications for its 2011 Christmas basket and angel tree programs.

    The angel tree is designated for children through eighth grade.

    Applications will be taken for both programs from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 at the church’s Loveliss Street entrance.

    Those applying are asked to bring identification and proof of address, such as a current electric bill.

    Call 376-6041 for details.

  • Arrests

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

    Sept. 23 – Alexis Nicole Tirado, 19, 306 Oak Park Drive, Knoxville: violation drinking age law. Bond $975; court date Oct. 3.

    • Robert Scott Turpin, 32, Watson Trailer Park, Harriman: two counts violation of probation. Total bond $8,000; court date Oct. 24.

  • 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.


    Larry Eugene Dodson, probation violation. Guilty.

    Jared A. Disney, failure to appear misdemeanor and simple possession/casual exchange. Bound over.

    Tonya M. Kelly, failure to appear misdemeanor and probation violation. Dismissed. Driving while license suspended. Dismissed, cost to defendant.

  • Combining technology and English

    Roane County English teachers, from left, Jeff Davis, Lindsay Harris, Ruth Thompson and Deborah Rice spent part of their summer break participating in an Improving Teacher Quality training, funding by a grant through Tennessee Tech University and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

    The professional development included many ways to incorporate technology into their English classrooms using iPads as the tool for implementation.

    The grant is a year-long process with Tennessee Tech faculty members Jeremy Wendt, Julie Baker, Janet Isbell and Brenda Wilson.

  • Run for Your Health to help boost school wellness program

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program will conduct the the third annual Run for Your Health 5K race/walk on Nov. 5 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Proceeds from the race will supplement health and wellness initiatives for students in Roane County Schools.

    “Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success,” said Patti Wells, race coordinator and coordinated school health coordinator.

  • RSCC students graduate, honored

    Twenty-four Roane State Community College students from Roane County graduated following summer semes-

    Grace Claudy of Harriman graduated with magna cum laude honors. Students who achieve such honors have a grade-point average of 3.89-3.7.

    Other Roane County graduates include:

    Harriman — Charles Evans, Bridgett Holder, Alisun Moore, Alexander Morphew, Anna Singleton and Bowman Wright.

  • Service makes a difference in communities of 4-H’ers

    Like most teenagers, they spend their week with school, activities and sports, but they also find time to help others.

    Quiet revolutionaries, all of them, but making a huge noise in their communities with their service.

    As Tennessee 4-H gets ready to celebrate Oct. 2-8 as National 4-H Week, the organization recognizes youth statewide for performing more than 100,000 hours of Service Learning Projects each year.

  • Interruptions shouldn’t be celebrated

    First Amendment Center

    You don’t have to spend much time watching cable television or listening to talk radio before you hear people being interrupted and cut off.