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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Family makes due while waiting for electricity

    Last week was an adventure in pioneering for Jonathan and Leann Isham and their brood.

    The family of six — including twin toddlers Ella and Anna — were making due Thursday in their Edwards Lane home while waiting for the electricity to be restored.

    “You can see your breath in any other room,” said Leann, huddled up on a couch with elder children Tristan and Olivia.

    “I have to curl up in a ball,” quipped Tristan.

  • Pill ring leader says he’s dying of cancer

    John Wesley Goss, the mastermind behind an elaborate Roane County pill ring, could be released before sentencing.

    According to his attorney, Goss is suffering from stage 4 cancer and has three months to live.

    “In view of the exceptional circumstances in this case, the court has the authority to release Mr. Goss pending sentencing,” federal defender Paula R. Voss said in a motion for release.

    Voss included a letter from Goss’ doctor with her motion.

  • DEEP FREEZE TURNS FATAL

    Tony Dean Stanley, a 44-year-old Roane County man, died of hypothermia last week.

    “He was found yesterday,” Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said late Thursday afternoon.

    “We can’t be sure exactly when the death occurred, but sometime between Sunday (Feb. 15) and yesterday (Feb. 18).”

    Boduch said Stanley was last seen alive on Sunday, Feb. 15.

    He lived in the Eagle Furnace area south of Rockwood.

  • Sub-state turnout 'means a lot' to Oliver Springs administration

    While the sub-state game between Oliver Springs and Hampton was the focal point at Oliver Springs High School on Monday night, school administrators took notice of how the community piled in to see the Lady Bobcats play.

  • Lady Bobcats defeat Hampton in overtime to earn state tournament trip

    During the 2009-2010 basketball season, the Oliver Springs boy’s basketball took the nearly 150 mile drive to take on Hampton in a sub-state game to decide which team would travel to Middle Tennessee State University to compete for a championship.

    Fast forward five years later and the girl’s from Hampton would travel that same path on Monday to take on the Lady Bobcats, with both teams looking for a state berth of their own.

  • School decision by 5:30 a.m. Thursday if bad weather hits

    The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a winter storm watch for March 5 in Roane County.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said early Wednesday afternoon that no decision had been made thus far about canceling school for Thursday, but he and other officials are monitoring the weather situation.

    "We will definitely make a decision by 5:30 in the morning," Aytes said. "We've already determined we're not waiting any later than 5:30 the morning of, but hopefully we'll be able to make a decision tonight."

  • Obed River imagery sought for contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for the annual Obed Wild and Scenic River photo contest.

    Striking digital images highlighting spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities and diversity of life in the park are sought.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.