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Today's News

  • Flooding forces road closings

    It wasn’t just a dreary end to a holiday weekend.
    The steady rains that began Sunday and continued into Tuesday pushed rivers and creeks from their banks, forced road closures, prompted calls for voluntary evacuations and delayed one Christmas parade for a few days.
    “We have two playgrounds under water right now,” said Kingston parks and recreation director Rick Ross. “Every one of our docks are under water.”

  • Two proposals could impact quality of public education

    State Rep. Julia Hurley said she’s against elected school superintendents.
    However, she has not made up her mind when it comes to school vouchers.
    Both issues could be debated by lawmakers when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
    “I don’t know how I feel about the school vouchers yet,” Hurley said. “I need to do more research on the bills and ideas coming out before I make a definitive decision on that.”
    Hurley’s district currently includes Roane County and Lenoir City.

  • TVA refires Kingston Fossil Plant

    STAFF REPORTS
    The Kingston Fossil Plant started firing up again this week.
    TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said all nine units at the plant had been offline since September for yearly maintenance, to finalize repairs to the scrubber system and to connect the dry fly ash system.
    Units 1 to 3 came online Monday. Unit 4 was in startup Tuesday, and the remaining five are expected to come back into operation by the end of the year.

  • Miller manager of Rockwood

    Jack Miller didn’t have to wait long to hear confirmation of his new role as Rockwood city administrator.
    In fact, the Rockwood City Council said very little other than a few words of welcome and of high expectations before unanimously voting to move forward with accepting him for the position.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans said she thought Miller would do a fine job for the city.
    “I think he’s going to be great,” she said. “We’re going to put a lot of stuff on him.”

  • ‘Nutcracker’ helping shelter pets

    Those planning to attend this weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker” are urged by staff and students of Arts in Motion  studios to open their hearts to help the county’s homeless pets.

    Members of the audience are asked to donate pet food prior to each performance in the O’Brien Theater of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4. A school performance will start at 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

  • Santa is Rockwood bound

    It’s may be his busiest time of the year, but Santa Claus is taking a break from the North Pole hustle and bustle to visit with all the boys and girls in Roane County on Friday.

    He’s joining his friends at Rockwood 2000 for a free family event beginning at 7 p.m. at Rockwood Homecoming Park.

    Photo opportunities will be available; the public is encouraged to bring along cameras for this special event, which is part of the annual tree-lighting celebration that ushers in the holiday season in Rockwood.

  • 9 teams represented at Relay for Life kickoff

    Volunteers, participants and cancer survivors launched fundraising efforts recently during a rally to kick off the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Roane County.

    Roane Countians Steve and Linda Beason shared their experiences with the Hope Lodge in Nashville.

    Hope Lodge is a program funded by the money raised at Relay for Life. It offers free lodging to cancer patients and a caregiver while the patient is undergoing treatment.

  • Wood, Dunn have works in national juried exhibition

    Two Roane County artists will have their works shown during the Arts & Culture Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition of 2011.

    Katie Wood of Harriman and T.P. Dunn of Kingston are among the 38 artists in the Southeast and Midwest whose works are included in the new exhibition featuring both traditional and non-traditional work.

    The exhibition will be displayed from Dec. 2-Jan. 27, 2012, in the Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville.

  • Hospice volunteers sought

    Caris Healthcare is seeking volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients.

    No experience is necessary.

    Free training, tuberculosis test and hepatitis B vaccine will be provided.

    Contact the Caris Healthcare volunteer coordinator at 1475 Simpson Road West, Lenoir City, TN 37771; 865-988-8034; or cmcdaniel@carishealthcare.com.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 30

    25 Years Ago
    Established and newcomer in Rockwood: Evans Mortuary celebrated its 10th anniversary with an open house where visitors were taken on a tour of the facility and treated to refreshments. Further south on Gateway Avenue, plans were finalized for the construction of a new Hardee’s restaurant.

    10 Years Ago