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Today's News

  • TWRA seeking comments

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division is now soliciting comments concerning the plan to study the sustainability of commercial paddlefish roe fisheries on waters not currently open to commercial fishing in the state.

  • HMS sweeps Greenback

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils simply bedeviled and befuddled the Greenback Lady Cherokees by a 28-17 margin on Thursday evening at Harriman. 

  • Middle school tourneys off and running

    The race for the title of best team in East Tennessee is now under way for Roane County’s five middle schools with the start of the Area 4 AA Tournament at Lenoir City Middle School and the Area 4 AAA Tournament at Cherokee Middle School in Kingston.

  • Top teacher understated, worthy

    Bowers Elementary School first-grade teacher Christy Ruskey was understated when she spoke at this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
    That didn’t fool some people.
    Educators who know Ruskey said she does stand out and deserves recognition. She received her National Board Certification last year, and was honored for it at the meeting.  
    “That’s because of her own feelings of ‘I’m not great, I’m not one that gets recognition,’” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

  • Rockwood moves ahead on its Interstate 40 mission

    Rockwood City Council approved a committee to begin working with the state for approval for an interchange and connector road to Rockwood Street from state Hwy. 299.
    The route would replace the old Airport Road, the present roadway down the mountain from Interstate 40’s Exit 340, which has been unstable due to mining activity in the region.
    While officials are supportive, they are also wary of getting too optimistic.
    “I certainly have my doubts it will happen. I certainly would hope we could get it,” said Council member Pete Wright.

  • Ethics charges against Peggy Evans dismissed

    The ethics complaint filed against Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has been dismissed.
    Both outgoing recorder Jim Hines, who filed the complaint, and Evans say it was a technicality that led to the dismissal by Oliver Springs Judge Joe Van Hook.
    “It never even got to the deposition stage, and the rightness or wrongness of the charges was not even considered,” Hines said.
    Van Hook said he felt the city council didn’t comply with the code of ethics.

  • Roane gets TDEC grant for used oil

    STAFF REPORTS
    The state is giving out $189,550 in used motor oil collection grants.
    Of the 15 counties set to benefit from the funds, Roane County is receiving the second highest allotment at $24,600.
    According to a press release from the Tennesssee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennesseans who change their own motor oil produce more than 1 million gallons of used oil every year.
    If not properly disposed, the oil can have a negative impact on the environment. 

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Road trip? Perhaps, but then where to go?

    I’m back on track with my dog-walking this week, thanks to our recent spring-like interlude.
    It has felt good to be in the sunshine.
    January seems to be flying by more quickly than usual, in part because of the more temperate winter weather.
    I figure winter will whomp its hammer down on us at some point; like cats, the extreme seasons toy with us before they really mess us up.
    For now, I’m really enjoying not freezing half to death.

  • Free tax preparation available at United Way starting on Monday

    The Roane County United Way will offer its annual free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Assistance program starting Jan. 30.

    Now in its ninth season, VITA provides free federal tax assistance and electronic filing. These services include Earned Income Tax Credit, student loan deductions and Child Tax Credit and more.

    VITA offers taxpayers an alternative to have their returns prepared and e-filed by knowledgeable volunteers at no cost.

  • DOE cleanup topic at next League luncheon

    Former American Museum of Science and Energy director Steve Stow will discuss the environmental cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Oak Ridge Reservation during an upcoming meeting of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The meeting, Lunch with the League, starts at noon Feb. 7 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.