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Today's News

  • Wading right in

    “I’m walking on water,” Thackery Porter exclaims while traipsing around Kingston City Park’s flooded boat dock area with his uncle, Mike Torrans, on Friday afternoon.
    Water spilled over various docks and over the banks of Watts Bar Lake, including at Kingston’s Gravel Pit area, due to the previous day’s steady rainshowers.  
     

  • Enthusiastic Eaton top lawman for 2011

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office top brass picked a familiar recipient for its 2011 officer of the year award.

    The honor went to Larry Eaton, who also received the award in 2009.

    “I was very appreciative of it,” he said, “but at the same time, I want to share it with the other deputies because we’re all fellow officers and we all get out here and do the job.”

  • 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.