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Today's News

  • Ellis-Ashburn pens first book

    Former Roane County resident Hope Ellis-Ashburn recently released her first book, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.”

    The book outlines the historic Arabian horse breeding program of Bill and Joanne Gutknecht and is primarily based in rural Giles County.

    It introduces the background history of the program, along with the horses that were a part of it from its inception through present day.

    One special chapter on the Milky Way Farm, where Kimbrook Arabians once resided, details the history of the Milky Way Farm.

  • Military Matters: Rue Eskridge

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rue Eskridge recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Mona L. Hopper of Oliver Springs, he is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    His sister is Chelsey M. Eskridge of Oak Ridge.

    Eskridge completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Payton Madox ‘Max’ Richardson

    Payton Madox “Max” Richardson will celebrate his ninth birthday on March 8 with a Minecraft-themed party.

    He is the son of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.

    Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.

  • Maggie Rose Richardson

    Maggie Rose Richardson will celebrate her seventh birthday on March 8 with a Frozen-themed party.

    She is the daughter of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.

    Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.

  • Winter continues its torment

    A man was found unresponsive on the side of Interstate 40 Monday afternoon. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton responded and called for an ambulance when he arrived at the scene.

    “I don’t know if he was suffering from frost bite, hypothermia or having a medical issue,” Stockton said. “It was hard to tell.”

    Stockton said they were eventually able to get the unresponsive man moving.

    “He may have been a transient,” Stockton said. “I’m not sure.”

  • Sheriff busy conducting safety checks

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he’s not sure how many welfare checks his office has conducted since last week’s bad weather hit, but “dozens and dozens” is a good estimate.

    “Luckily the rescue squad and OES and the road department have been helping us tremendously,” he said.

    On Feb. 19, the sheriff’s office posted a message on its Facebook page letting the public know deputies would be happy to do a welfare check on anyone who was without power or at risk due to the cold weather.

  • Man beaten with tree clippers

    A Harriman man was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center earlier this month with a fractured skull he suffered in an alleged assault.

    Kingston police charged Joshua Morgan, 23, with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary in the incident. Morgan allegedly used “a pair of long-handled tree clippers” to beat Matthew Honeycutt.

    The incident happened at 814 S. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

    Honeycutt was found laying in the front yard bleeding when police arrived.

  • Little left to be done after 2008 ash spill

    Cleanup of one of the worst environmental disasters in the country has ever seen continues to wind down in Swan Pond.

    Craig Zeller, remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said an inspection was conducted at the TVA ash spill site on Jan. 29. The final inspection is expected to occur this spring.

    “We have a few loose ends,” Zeller said.

  • Another huge cleanup in Roane County

    The cleanup of TVA’s massive coal ash spill is winding down near Kingston this year, but another massive effort is gearing up in the northeast corner of Roane County.

    Federal officials are down to the last cell in a Bear Creek Road landfill set aside for the demolition of contaminated K-25 buildings on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Another record for TVA production

    Arctic temperatures that averaged in single digits across much of the Tennessee Valley on Thursday, Feb. 19, resulted in record electricity demand of 694 gigawatt-hours for the 24-hour period.

    That’s the most energy ever required over a one-day period during February in Tennessee Valley Authority history and the third most overall for a 24-hour period.

    The all-time one-day record occurred last year when demand reached 703 gigawatt-hours on Jan. 7.