Today's News

  • Midway picks up split at Oakdale

    The Midway Green Wave and Oakdale Eagles completed their season series Friday night and as it turned out, not a lot changed since their first meeting on Nov. 25.

  • Ladd Landing developer among new TVA ash lawsuits

    TVA continues to find itself the subject of lawsuits over the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill.

    The most recent was filed Monday by Ladd Landing developer Matt Caldwell of Kingston. Parties to the lawsuit also include businesses and people who own property in the development.

    The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages “in an amount that fairly compensates plaintiffs for their various damages and losses, together with interest and costs.”

  • McGriff announces retirement

    The time has come for the Roane County Board of Education to search for a new director of schools. Board Chairman Sam Cox received a letter from current director Toni McGriff, informing him of her intentions to retire at the end of the fiscal year.
    “I want to give the board time to do what they need to do,” McGriff said.
    The board hired McGriff in 2005. She’s received two contract extensions during her tenure, with the most recent coming last March for one year.

  • No plans to prosecute for audit finding

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson does not plan to prosecute anyone for an audit finding in the Roane County Road Department.
    State auditors discovered a road department employee asked a vendor to change the date on an invoice for diesel fuel. By changing the invoice date, the $22,766.24 purchase was inappropriately expensed in the 2011-12 fiscal year on the county’s accounting records instead of the 2010-11 year, when the purchase was actually made. 

  • Hurley supports Roane’s stand on Sunshine Law

    State Rep. Julia Hurley hasn’t always agreed with the Roane County Commission.
    However, the Lenoir City Republican said she supports the county solons when it comes to the Sunshine Law.
    “I think the way that it is right now is fair to the voters,” Hurley said. “I think it’s fair to the public.”

  • Conflict of interest reason Simon not reappointed to zoning commission

    What looked to be a run-of-the-mill reappointment took a strange twist when Kingston Council failed to re-up Celia Simon for another five-year term on the Historic Zoning Commission on Dec. 13.

  • Annexation on Harriman officials mind

    Harriman officials disagree on whether to proceed with annexing the Emory Gap and Childs Memorial areas.
    Councilman J.D. Sampson, who has been pushing for annexation to grow the city and potentially its coffers, believes it’s plausible because both these two areas of the county are surrounded by the city limits already.
    “I make a motion now to put Emory Gap and Childs Memorial on notice. We’re turning it over to the planning commission to draw up a plan of service,” Sampson said.

  • REACH wraps up Christmas

    Aisles and check-out lines at Wal-Mart were packed Friday night, Dec. 9, and the next morning after kids and their familes shopped for Christmas with help from Operation REACH. Jessica Ross and Rodney Harback of Operation REACH help fill bags during the shopping extravaganza that Friday, as seen in the second photo. Families were given a budget of approximately $225 to fill carts with anything they wanted or needed, which included groceries as well. The first photo includes Wal-Mart employee Linda Cushman and REACH volunteer Carolyn Neeley helping bag items during the rush.

  • Kroger pharmacy improves drive-through

    Workers prepare the new drive-through lane at Krogers Pharmacy in Harriman. The new lane will have a pneumatic tube to allow customers to place their prescription orders.

  • Unemployment continues drop this November

    Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis announced Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November fell to 9.1 percent, down from the October revised rate of 9.5. The national unemployment rate for November 2011 was 8.6 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage point from the October rate.