Today's News

  • Kingston wins county championship

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets remained unbeaten and captured the 2011 Roane County Championship Friday night with a hard-fought 20-13 victory at Rockwood's Civitan Field.

    Friday's victory wasn't pretty as both teams made mistakes, especially in special teams, but in the end Kingston head coach Vic King was happy with the victory.

  • 9/11 a decade later: What if your father worked at the Pentagon?

    It was a sunny Tuesday morning, and seventh-graders in Kathy Allen’s first-period science class at Rockwood Middle School were studying the digestive system.

    The normalcy ended abruptly for students and teacher with a phone call early into the class period.

    The date: Sept. 11, 2001.

    One student quickly picked up on cues from the teacher that something was amiss.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: 9/11 was, still is, a very local story

    The phone rang a little after 6 a.m. Arizona time, jangling my nerves on a sleepy September morning.

    I lifted the receiver and croaked, “Hello.”

    “Turn on your TV,” came my mother’s voice from more than a thousand miles away. There was an urgency I didn’t question — I just rose, plodded into the living room and clicked on the television. I knew whatever I was about to see wasn’t going to be good.

  • 9/11 memorial at Kingston Fossil Plant won't be finished for 10th anniversary

    The 9/11 memorial in the works at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will not be finished by Sunday’s 10th anniversary.

    The memorial will include steel from the World Trade Center.

    “They’re still trying to construct the base for the steel,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “They are going to take their time and make sure it’s done right rather than try to rush and put something up.”

    TVA took delivery of the steel during a ceremony at the plant on Aug. 12.  

  • Local pilot scrambles to get home after 9/11

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, veteran pilot David Stevenson and another local pilot, Henry Piper, had plans.

    “To go flying,” Stevenson, a Roane County resident, recalled. “To no place in particular.”

    They took off, but had to make one necessary stop.

    “We flew first to Rockwood for fuel, but finding the office closed we opted to fly to Dayton,” Stevenson said.

  • Goss watched as NYC firefighters rescued, died

    Harriman Fire Department’s stations were somber places on Sept. 11, 2001.

    When firefighters weren’t on calls, they were at the fire hall watching horrific live television images that included firefighters like themselves.

    “All day long, other than answering calls, it was like operations at the fire hall just ceased,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “Everyone was glued to the TV to see if anything else happened.”

  • 911 shock created homeland security priorities

    Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, was off duty when the first plane hit the World Trade Center that fateful day 10 years ago.

    At the time, Rose was working full time at the ambulance service in Roane County, training for the position he’s now been at since 2002.

    “I had got off work that morning and come home,” Rose recalled. “I don’t  remember what I was doing, but I remember the TV was on and Tom Brokaw broke in ... and said a plane had hit the building.”

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints the week of Sept. 9 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road in Roane County.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others each year in the United States, according to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Safety.

  • Get to know Tennessee's notable trees

    Get to know the importance of the “Notable Trees of Tennessee,” an American Museum of Science and Energy of Oak Ridge exhibit featuring photographs of 36 trees selected for the Landmark and Historic Tree Register and
    the Champion Tree Program.

    The Tennessee Urban Forestry traveling photographic exhibition opens Sept. 16.

    The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, established in 1991, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to public awareness and to understanding and improving Tennessee's urban forests.

  • Cooperative Ministries to mark 20th anniversary in September

    Roane County Cooperative Ministries will observe its 20th anniversary of assisting neighbors in need with a special celebration next week.

    The celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1658 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The nondenominational organization was born from an idea of the Rev. Richard Hettrick, pastor of Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church in the early 1990s.