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Today's News

  • EPA: Coal ash OK in wallboard, concrete

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its evaluation of the two largest beneficial uses of coal ash — the stuff involved in TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant disaster.

    It may be used in concrete as a substitute for Portland cement, and the use of flue gas desulfurization gypsum as a substitute for mined gypsum in wallboard.

    EPA’s evaluation concluded that encapsulated coal ash in concrete and wallboard is comparable to virgin materials.

  • History excellence to be honored

    East Tennessee Historical Society is seeking nominations from across the region for awards of excellence in the field of history.

    Each year, the society recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming, and interpretation of the region’s history.

    Awards are in four categories:

    The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation, or special program, such as a conference, heritage event, publication or lecture series.

  • Adult basketball league turns into slam dunk in Rockwood

    Every Sunday after church, the Rockwood Community Center gym is full of hustling athletes

    This time, however, it’s the adults — not the kids — getting in on the basketball action.

    The demand caught recreation officials off guard.

    “We just kind of threw it together,” said city park and recreation director Jody Mioduski. “I had a couple of people tell me I ought to do a men’s league. I started advertising, put it on Facebook.”

  • Former clients testify in Butler discipline case

    After numerous postponements, Harriman attorney Donice Butler’s disciplinary hearing finally got underway at the Roane County Courthouse this week.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility is seeking to have Butler disciplined over allegations that she violated rules on competence, diligence, communication, scope of representation and terminating representation.

    Butler is also accused of misconduct and lying to a tribunal. She faces a possible censure or suspension of her law license.

  • More than $30,000 for judge’s race?

    Finance records show Mike Pemberton’s campaign for circuit court judge raised more than $30,000 from Jan. 7-15.

    Impressive, perhaps, but rivals Tom McFarland and Kim Nelson said they are not concerned about his hefty war chest.

    “I am focused on my campaign and not what any other candidates are doing,” Nelson said.

    “This is February,” McFarland said. “It doesn’t concern me.”

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    McFarland, Nelson and Pemberton are vying to replace Russell Simmons Jr.

  • The Garden Gate: What’s not to love about our spicy cinnamon?

    Cassia could really spice up your day. It has been spicing up days for a very long time.

    We cannot really know what was the first spice known and used by humans, but most authorities on the subject agree it was most probably cassia — or, as it is now known, Chinese cinnamon.

    Ancient records have proven this bark was used before 2700 B.C. It is still one of the more important and widely used of all spices today.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 12

    25 Years Ago

  • ‘Heart of Caring’ aimed at caregivers

    “The Heart of Caring,” a special day of pampering planned especially for individuals who care for someone suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s or other disease, will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13 in Kingston First Baptist Church; enter through the atrium doors across from Citizens Bank.

    Manicures, chair massages, refreshments and door prizes will be among the attractions.

    Space is limited; contact Kathy Parks at 354-3366, Ext. 105, or admission.rockwd@shccs.com to register.

  • 287th utilizes virtual technology to enhance its training missions

    The Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment took to the field last month for a landmark training exercise combining traditional military muscle with cutting-edge virtual technology.

    Each frigid weekend in January, soldiers from the 278th’s 3rd Squadron surged onto the maneuver area at Volunteer Training Site – Catoosa in northwest Georgia — equipped with Bradley Fighting Vehicles and heavily-armored Humvees.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Hell! (On Grand Cayman, that is)

    “The Roane County News went to Hell with Wayne and Erna Tipps of Ten Mile!” proclaimed the couple, who took the newspaper on one of its hottest adventures.

    Hell — on Grand Cayman Island — offered balmy temperatures, but unlike its biblical namesake, it provided this trio of vacationers a bit of paradise.

    “Hell is a small hamlet just north of Georgetown,” the Tippses said. The “recent two-week trip in the sun was wonderful.”