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Today's News

  • RSCC concert choir silver recipient at Spain fest

    Roane State Community College’s Concert Choir won a silver award at an international choral festival in Malaga, Spain.

    The choir traveled to Malaga, a seaport on the Andalusian coast of southern Spain, during spring break.

    Under the direction of Brenda Luggie and accompanied by Geol Greenlee, the choir performed in the Canta en Primavera (Sing in Spring) festival.

  • GUEST OPINION: Expect fireworks over Hobby Lobby decision

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    We celebrated the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sen. Howard Baker’s Roane roots ran very deep

    As the unofficial keeper of the family genealogy, since the death of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., we have been contacted by more than one mutual cousin seeking information clarifying the exact nature of Howard’s relationship to the caller, which we have been glad to provide.

    On reflection, it struck us that since there are literally hundreds of relatives of the late senator in the readership of this paper,
    it might be a good thing to give a brief history of this relationship to them and so many other Roane Countians.

  • Rockwood may seek hotel help

    Could Rockwood support a hotel?

    Officials would like to find out, hoping the revenue generator would do well, especially during baseball season when teams and their families fill area Harriman hotels and spill into other areas.

    City officials are looking at hiring a hotel consulting firm, Diamond Hotel Consulting Group, to do a feasibility study  according to Mayor James Watts.

    From fishing tournaments kicking off at Tom Fuller Park to more ball tournaments, Rockwood officials see opportunities for tourism dollars.

  • Voting machines locked, loaded for elections

    Ninety machines residents will use to cast ballots for the Aug. 7 election were programmed Wednesday.

    “You all have the longest ballot that maybe I’ve ever seen down here this time,” Casey Hayden with Harp Enterprises said.   Harp provides election support for 34 counties in Tennessee.

  • Kingston gives thought to noisy bar problems

    Kingston City Council members plan to stay quiet about noise for another month.

    After a period of reflection and study, they hope to come back in August with some needed tweaks to the city’s noise ordinance, which is a subject of debate once again after causing a stir in 2012.

    The problems have arisen in the same neighborhood that was the source of complaints two years ago.

  • Hester shines at Blue Chip Academy

     

    Football fans around Roane County know how good Midway rising senior Hayden Hester is.

    Late in June, a lot of college coaches found out just how good Hester is also, as the 6’3” 325-pound Green Wave lineman took the first place in the 2014 Lineman Challenge at the 2014 Blue Chip Academy at Mars Hill College.

  • Oliver Springs fined $175,000+

    Oliver Springs, a town once renowned for healthful waters, has been slammed with fines for releasing poorly treated sewage into its main creek.

    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has levied more than $175,000 in damages and penalties for violations of the Water Quality Control Act.

  • Contaminated site set for cleanup

    Harriman officials can look forward to seeing a final cleanup of contaminants at the paper mill property.

    “The (U.S.) EPA has contracted with a contractor to clean up this site,” said Councilman Buddy Holley. “They said they’d be done within the year.”

    Holley has been the most vocal about the site, which was once operated by Mead Corp., followed by a few other companies.

    “Mead Corp. has private contractors cleaning up their part,” added Holley. “Mead is cleaning up most of it.”

  • Swan Pond Road work to remove concrete barriers

    STAFF REPORTS

    As cleanup from the 2008 ash spill winds down, TVA will be temporarily closing one lane of Swan Pond Road the week of July 14 to remove concrete barriers and install guardrails next to the Kingston recovery site.

    The work is expected to last about one week.

    The lane closure will take place between the intersection with Swan Pond Circle extending south toward the plant entrance.

    Crews will be using flags at either end of the closure to direct traffic during that time.