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Today's News

  • 2011 Roane County Football Jamboree set for Friday

    The 2011 Roane County Football Jamboree will take place Friday night at Midway.

  • Roane Choral Society performs at Hall of Fame
  • Bowers to join rest of county in starting school on Monday

    While the community enjoyed the results of the school construction project in Rockwood on Thursday, some Harriman parents and students wondered if the work would postpone classes for Bowers Elementary.

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff put those worries to rest late last week.

    She said she expects Bowers to open on time.

    McGriff had previously said the school year at Bowers might be delayed for a week.

  • Rockwood 'picked' for TV show about antiques

    Finding a gem in a heap of junk is a popular television show gimmick nowadays, and the hosts of one of them may have found treasure in Rockwood.

    The History Channel’s “American Pickers,” a show geared at searching through antique stores, garages and junkyards, came to downtown Rockwood last month and visited local businessman Bill Wright.

    Wright operates an antique business in the city and is locally known for his singing.

  • Harriman bridge being dismantled

    Norfolk Southern has started tearing down the bridge on Harriman’s Margrave Drive, according to City Coordinator Bob Tidwell.

    “That is not going to stop our plan to work with them to rebuild it, because it has to be torn down anyway,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Harriman officials have been trying to get assistance in replacing the bridge after it was learned that in addition to the cost of rebuilding it, there would be cost involved in moving utilities.

  • Petition filed to ban beer from bar

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland has filed a petition to revoke the Grill & Pub’s beer permit.

    “This is a situation that has gone too far,” he said. “It’s dangerous to the public.”

    A man was killed outside the Grill & Pub on July 23. Officials say that’s just one of many incidents that have occurred at the bar, which is on Hwy. 61 between Harriman and Oliver Springs.

  • Judge rules on TVA lawsuit

    A court ruling puts restrictions on lawsuits against TVA for the fly ash spill that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    This week U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan granted the agency’s request for summary judgment against claims of personal injury and emotional distress.

    TVA’s request for summary judgment against claims of property damage, trespass and nuisance were denied.
    An assessment prepared by the Tennessee Department of Health concluded that the ash spill should not pose a health risk to the community.

  • TVA aims for fun

    Since the massive 2008 ash spill in Swan Pond, meetings between the public and TVA have tended to be angry and intense.

    Not so at an open house in Kingston Tuesday, when agency officials unveiled details on its plans to develop much of the property it has bought up since the spill for recreational uses.

    Those uses include ball fields, birding trails and general recreation facilities, although officials said they also are looking at adding firefighting support to the area.

  • Another chance for TVA to build up public trust

    It was nice to attend a TVA meeting Tuesday where the public’s mood wasn’t angry and the tone was generally upbeat.
    TVA held the meeting at First Baptist Church in Kingston to reveal more details for recreation offerings in the area where the massive 2008 ash spill forced many in the Swan Pond community to have to move.
    The ash spill also left lingering doubts about safety in and around TVA facilities.
    TVA officials are well aware that there is nothing they can do to completely erase those doubts and misgivings.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Republic in danger from extortionate thugs

    We have, on occasion, opined that most governmental entities have become altogether too cozy with the “business community”.
    Much of the time that criticism has been aimed at the federal government with all its lobbyist generated laws granting various favours to the giant corporations that have steadily gained more and more control over the national government.