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Today's News

  • Weed foes seek volunteers

    The Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council is expanding its board of directors and looking for volunteers.

    Several dozen volunteers met Monday at the Rockwood Community Center to discuss the ongoing evolution of the council, which was formed over the past few months in response to the challenge of invasive weeds on Watts Bar Lake.

    The council has already named at least a dozen stakeholders to its board of directors and is looking for volunteers to chair the various committees that are in the process of being organized.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Reason says we should have health care for all

    Faithful, long-time readers should be aware that there is likely no one any more devoted to the principles of personal responsibility than the old curmudgeon.

    However, he is also devoted to the corollary of those principles, or what some might well regard as being, in fact, an integral part of those principles, that is to say one should be fully, personally responsible for his own actions or those actions which he has caused or precipitated, together with the natural, reasonably anticipatable consequences arising therefrom.

  • ‘NOT IN MY BACKYARD’

    If it wasn’t for proximity, officials with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission might have never heard from Jake Almond on Monday.

    “I never wanted to be a NIMBY – not in my backyard,” he said.

    That changed when TVA began flirting with the idea of putting a small modular nuclear reactor at its Clinch River site in Roane County.

  • Paving, sidewalks on tap for Rockwood

    Rockwood residents won’t see a property tax increase this fiscal year if the Rockwood City Council approves Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller’s proposed budget.

    Miller presented his 2018 fiscal year budget at a workshop last week.

    The $5.2 million budget shows a beginning fund balance of $841,891.

    “Things are better. They aren’t where I want them to be, but they are better,” said Miller.

    One item Miller plans on tackling this year is some paving, albeit at this point it’s not a huge amount.

  • KNIGHT AFTER KNIGHT
  • Harriman wreck numbers crashing

    Harriman has some bustling streets, so traffic accidents are to be expected.

    Harriman Police Department has been trying to turn that trend on its head, however — and it appears they are getting results.

    “Last month, I believe, was the first time we have only had one accident with injury in a month,” said Police Chief Derek Pacifico at his recent State of the Police Department address.

    In April, that one crash with injury was a minor one on Emory Drive.

    There were 14 total accidents for the month, slightly up from March.

  • Ambassadors give new look to Boys & Girls Club

    Boys & Girls Club of Roane County attendees found a different building when they returned to the club last Friday afternoon.

    Thanks to donations from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and dedicated volunteers from the Roane County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, the club got a needed facelift, with new paint, new shelving, counters and other storage space and new supplies.

    “I’m forever grateful,” said Director Zack McFarland.

  • GLIMPSES: Church Called Bethel turning 200

    By Mark Banker

    My parents, Gene and Katy Banker, joined Bethel Presbyterian Church on Jan. 7, 1951 – two months after they moved to Kingston and three weeks before I was born.

    In those days when Bethel was open, our large family was there. But Biblical names did not deter we six Banker sons from youthful irreverence. Our squirming on Bethel’s second pew and the stern glances they evoked from Mom and Dad doubtlessly distracted (and perhaps amused) other worshipers.

  • Webb’s blast ends Kingston’s title hopes

    By Michael Lindsay

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

  • District Champions

    After losing two players to injury in a 7-4 District 4A Tournament loss to Coalfield last Tuesday, many believed it was a foregone conclusion that the Lady ’Cats would finish no better than second place at Oneida’s Bear Creek Sports Complex.