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Today's News

  • Second ash-spill trial called off

    An agreement between plaintiffs attorneys and TVA nullifies the need for a second ash spill trial in November.
    The parties agreed to adopt the record produced at the trial that concluded on Oct. 12.
    “It is the parties’ intent in entering into this stipulation to promote judicial economy, to avoid the expense of a lengthy trial on issues litigated in related proceedings, and to avoid the potential of inconsistent rulings,” a court filing on the agreement said.

  • Rockwood recall petitions issued

    Rockwood residents who want to see Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long ousted can now put their names on recall petitions for the two.
    The Roane County Election Commission approved the final wording of the petition at a special-called meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.
    Election administrator Charles Holiway made only one change to the petition other than what was recommended by the full commission — that was to add the Tennessee Code Annotated Section 2-5-151, which supersedes the city’s charter.

  • Burned-out house sparks action

    Carter Street residents troubled by the charred remains of a neighboring home will soon have their hopes answered.
    The Harriman City Council voted to demolish what is left of the structure at 316 Carter St., where fire more than a year ago heavily damaged the home.
    The building may be gone as soon as the end of the year, thanks to the vote last week.
    “It will make that neighborhood pretty happy down there,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.
    Neighbors had complained to council members about the home owned by Carolyn Daniels.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Life was over the top at Cumberland Gap

    Most people in these parts are familiar with the history of Cumberland Gap and its importance as a route to open up frontier country.
    My history with Cumberland Gap is personal — I lived there for several years in my 20s. I loved it, especially around this time of year.
    On crisp autumn days, I could look out the kitchen window in my second-story apartment and see the people — tiny in the distance —on the Pinnacle Overlook at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

  • Oliver Springs’ October Sky Fall Festival is Saturday

    Oliver Springs is having its fifth October Sky Fall Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The festival plays off the popular movie of the same name, much of which was shot there.
    This year’s festival includes a 5K race, food and craft vendors, car and quilt shows, live music throughout the day, rocket launch, a historical tour of the town and a re-enactment of the infamous Pony Cash shootout.

  • Harriman officials hold ‘salty’ talk

    Harriman officials’ desire to consider going to brine, a liquid alternative to salt for icy roadways, was detoured when a decision on ordering salt turned out to be more pressing than realized.
    Harriman City Council voted to move forward with getting a contract for 100 tons of salt at its recent meeting.
    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said many area salt providers have already contracted out most of their salt supplies. Either the city would need to move fast to get a contract or go on a waiting list.

  • Asian missionary sharing his story at Morrison Hill

    Altaf Naseem, a Christian missionary who works to spread the words and love of Jesus Christ in the predominantly Muslim nation of Pakistan, will share insights into his work during a presentation on Oct. 23 in Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston.

    The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the church at 106 Morrison Hill Circle.

  • Blessed Sacrament’s fall bazaar this weekend

    Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church parishioners, from left, Joan DeGroff, Mary Jo Hooker and Mariann D’Alessandro are among the Council of Church Women members gearing up for their annual fall bazaar.

    The bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 in the church hall at 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman.

    Attic treasures, holiday crafts, home-baked goods, plants and a silent auction are among the attractions. Lunch will be available.

  • DAR starting scholarship program to pay for books

    Avery Trace Chapter DAR has established a $400 book scholarship to be awarded in 2011 to a Roane State Community College honors student pursuing a degree in history.

    The scholarship was established with the assistance of Roane State Foundation coordinator Linda Brown.

  • RCHS band voted tops at Foothills Classic

    Roane County High School’s marching band recently won the 2011 Foothills Classic in Seymour.

    The Kingston school’s band bested 24 other marching bands for the honor.  

    The RCHS band also competed in the Volunteer Classic at Maryville Heritage. It will participate in the Alcoa Marching Festival on Oct. 29.

    The band is able to make these competition trips thanks to fundraisers. Visit www.rchsband.org for details.