Today's News

  • Lady Tigers hope for strong 2015 showing

    Rockwood High School’s Lady Tigers look to follow up last seasons’ district championship with a new season of excellence.

    “We had a great season last season. I think it was just the hard work the girls have been putting in the last few years. We had a very large senior class with lots of talent. They worked hard for four years,” said Coach Wes Ford.

    After losing 10 seniors from last year’s squad, Ford still sees a lot of promise in his younger team, which includes two seniors this year.

  • Football season kicks off Thursday night



    After nine months off, football season returns this week, as all five Roane County high school teams will be in action.

    If opening the season isn’t enough reason to celebrate, Roane County fans are in for an added treat this week as there are a pair of county rivalry games on two different nights.

    Thursday night will see Roane County’s green teams square off when Midway travels to Rockwood.

    Friday night will see two more county teams clash, as Kingston hosts Harriman.

  • Sequoyah worker accuses TVA of age discrimination

    A woman is accusing TVA of age discrimination in a federal lawsuit.

    Deborah S. Payne said she was a radiation protection technician at the agency’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy in November 2012 when a job opening for a site/field performance analyst was posted.

  • State seeking to help area’s Civil War sites

    The Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission are requesting applications for projects to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee.

    The grants are funded through the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Act, established in 2013.

    “This is a valuable source of funding to help conserve time-honored battlefield properties,” Tennessee Historical Commission Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre said.

  • New ‘invisible utility’ serves wastewater customers

    Last year Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas completed the oxidation ditch that was an integral part of meeting a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.

    A year later, other important aspects of the project are now complete.

    “We have a new lab,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The facility opened up last winter, and it’s made for the long haul.

    “This lab will last for the longterm,” Ramsey said. “We feel good about that.”

  • GLIMPSES: A second American Revolution?


    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Commissioner’s DUI dismissed

    Not necessarily everyone who drinks and drives is committing a crime.

    “We can’t prosecute a case where someone is not under the influence,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Under Tennessee law, .08 is the “presumptive level of intoxication” for alcohol.

    Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was below that number when he was arrested for DUI on March 2.

  • Mayors tout unity at conference

    More help could be on the way for rural communities like Roane County when it comes to economic development.

    During an economic development conference at Roane State Community College last week, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the creation of a rural development task force.

    “We can’t do this alone,” Boyd said. “Rural development isn’t an ECD issue. It’s multi-task, it’s holistic, it takes the entire community and the entire state to come together.”

  • Harriman seeing results of work on student improvement

    Harriman High School faculty have worked hard to see their students at all skill levels get ahead.

    They’ve shown how hard they’ve worked on progress by getting a Level 5 on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System.

    The system measures the impact schools and teachers have on student growth, not proficiency on assessments.

    “Our kids have really worked hard and are going to continue to do so,” said Principal Scott Calahan.

    He said teachers are working hard to help pull students along.

  • No applications for Eblen judge’s seat

    Applications apparently aren’t pouring in for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge seat.

    “I am told the Council has not received any applications yet,” Michele Wojciechowski, director of communications for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, said last week.

    The criminal court judge seat has been held by E. Eugene Eblen since 1978. He is retiring at the end of the year.

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments began accepting applications for the seat on July 28.