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Today's News

  • Roane Central sample had bacteria

    Tests conducted by the Roane Central Utility District in June showed coliform bacteria in the drinking water.

    “Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present,” the utility said in a newspaper ad. “Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.”

    The utility said boiling water is not necessary, but did advise customers to consult a doctor if they had health concerns.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 26

    Annual Women’s Conference was held at New Covenant Baptist Church last Saturday and Sunday. The theme was “You Don’t Know My Story.”

    Featured guest speaker was Dr. Wanda Taylor Smith. She retired from University Hospital in Cincinnati where she held as staff nurse and interim nursing administrator before retiring in 2003. She had a lot to say talking about, “You Don’t Know My Story.” Four videos were shown where these ladies told us “You Don’t Know My Story.”

  • Proton Power brings energy efforts to Rockwood

    Proton Power has its sights on the future of energy, and its continued success has it expanding into a Rockwood facility for its liquid fuel projects.

    The company, focused on using hydrogen for energy, doesn’t just look at their endeavors as environmentally friendly but economically sound as well.

    “It is energy efficient, environmentally attractive and economical. It has to be all of these to be good in the long term,” said co-founder Dr. Sam C. Weaver.

  • O’Neal’s attorney confident about trial

    If the case against Ralph O’Neal ever does go to trial, his attorney is predicting the state will have a hard time convincing a jury he’s guilty of murder.

    “I honestly don’t think they have the proof to even come close to showing that he’s guilty,” attorney Bob Vogel said.

  • Tennessee recognized for lowest state debt

    Fitch Ratings, one of the country’s top bond agencies, has officially named Tennessee the lowest debt state in the nation.

     The news, which was officially released by Fitch earlier this week, is based on an analysis of total debt ratios in all 50 states. The calculation is measured by combining each state’s total debt and unfunded liabilities and measuring them against the state’s average individual income level.

  • EPA says respirators not needed at ash spill site

    Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said there is a system in place for monitoring the health of people working at the TVA ash spill site.  

    “We have perimeter air monitoring at six stations on site surrounding the work area, and that’s to guard against any off site dust migration from the worker area to local communities,” he said during an interview in June.

    The perimeter monitoring system isn’t the only thing being used, according to Zeller.

  • It seemed like a good idea at the time

    Roane County High School junior Cody Tallent got his Toyota 4-wheel drive pick up truck stuck vertical on the side of the dike Tuesday in Kingston.

    Gary’s Towing came and helped retrieve the vehicle.

  • Motorcycle accident leads to arrest

    A Rockwood man who wrecked his motorcycle last week is facing charges.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robert Fugate was traveling south on Abels Valley Road on Aug. 20 around 3:30 p.m.

    The report said Fugate was on a 2005 Honda CTX when he observed another vehicle making a left turn.

    “The vehicle that was turning is not a vehicle which is related in the crash,” the report said. “The driver of vehicle 1 (Fugate) slammed on the brakes and laid the motorcycle down and slid into a ditch.”

  • Race to benefit cancer center

     The Team Captain Kick-off for the 20th annual BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer to benefit Thompson Cancer Survival Center will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike.  

    The kick-off event presents an early opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to set-up their teams and kick-start their fundraising efforts for this year’s BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer.  The fundraising goal for 2013 is $475,000, with 6,000 registered participants.

  • GLA Services joins Roane Chamber

    New Chamber member GLA Services held a new member celebration event at The Roane Alliance on Thursday, May 23.

    Owner George Alter took the opportunity to talk about his business – a general contractor for residential/commercial/industrial markets. According to George, he’s basically a professional ‘handy-man’. George and his wife and co-owner Lisa can be reached by calling 201-5547.