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Today's News

  • Survey highlights radiation concerns

    Each year, the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board surveys residents in communities adjacent to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation to learn about any concerns regarding environmental cleanup activities under way or about issues that may need to be addressed by DOE’s Environmental Management program.

    The Public Environmental Survey is mailed to about 800 area residents and is distributed at various locations and at presentations the advisory board’s Public Outreach Committee gives to community groups.

  • Dollhouse wins Emilie’s heart

    A Rockwood girl facing a rare genetic disorder now has a new treasure to enjoy when she can’t be outdoors.

    Emilie Gregg, who was diagnosed with plasminogen deficiency in 2010, got a handmade dollhouse decked out with detailed furniture.

    She didn’t know why she was meeting Gail May when the family first came to her home.

    When she was shown the dollhouse, it seemed to take a moment to sink in it was hers.

  • Cox takes role as new school board chair

    The Roane County Board of Education has selected Sam Cox as its new chairman.

    Rob Jago was elected vice chairman at the board meeting late last month.

    “I appreciate the confidence the board showed by electing me the chairman,” Cox said. “I don’t know if I’m going to be able to withstand the pressure like some of the other boys have, but I’ll do the best I can.”

    Cox, who represents the Oliver Springs/Dyllis area, will serve as chairman through September of next year.

  • TVA sponsors second forum on utilities, environment

    Many of the country’s leading electric utilities participated in the second annual Environmental Forum on managing their environmental footprint and improving environmental operations.

    The Utility Environmental Benchmarking Forum,, spearheaded by TVA, was in Nashville on Sept. 27-29.
    It drew participants from throughout the United States and Canada.

    Utility representatives shared their experiences since last year’s inaugural session in Chattanooga, discussed ways to measure that progress and ideas about best-in-class environmental activities.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: There’s nothing better than a good backup plan

    If this edition of the newspaper is late, hang onto this thought: It’s good to have backup.

    When I showed up Monday morning, interim general manager Kevin Kile was trying to solve a problem with a broken image setter.

    The image setter prints large film versions of our news pages, which are then, by technology I can’t explain — (ma-JIC!) — made into plates to go on our presses.

  • Coats for Cold collection begins

    The cooler temperatures of the last few days are a sure sign that fall is here.

    That means Dennis Ferguson is worrying about how to keep folks warm, and he plans start collecting outerwear this week for the 17th annual Coats for the Cold campaign.

  • Bar death case postponed until Jan.

    The court case for the man accused of killing another man outside the Grill & Pub on Hwy. 61 was continued on Monday.

     The case against Eric Gallaher, 31, of Harriman, has been reset for Jan. 23, 2012, in Roane County General Sessions Court. Galllaher is accused of reckless homicide in the July 23 death of David Harvey.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said Gallaher’s hearing was continued because he didn’t have an attorney and because officials are still awaiting the final autopsy.

  • Is Brushy Mountain the answer to jail overcrowding?

    Can an old state prison be the solution to jail overcrowding for some East Tennessee counties?

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he explored the idea with other sheriffs.

    “We went to the old Brushy Mountain site at the request of Morgan County Sheriff (Glen) Freytag to look at the facility to see if it could be utilized in the future for possible overcrowding issues for Scott, Roane and Morgan,” Stockton said. “We went through the whole penitentiary and looked at the pros and cons.”

  • TVA lawyer grills expert in trial

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A TVA attorney worked doggedly to undermine the credibility of the other side’s expert witness during a grueling all-day cross examination Monday.

    The results of his efforts were  mixed on Monday at the TVA ash spill trial.
    TVA lawyer Mark Anstoetter grilled civil engineer Dan Marks for the entire session.

  • Free speech defense should include all sides

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Here’s a quick two-step self-test of how you really feel about free expression.

    Step 1: What did you think about Hank Williams Jr. comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler?
    Should Monday Night Football stop using Williams’ “Are You Ready for Some Football?”

    Step 2: How did you feel about Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks telling a London audience that she was embarrassed that President Bush was from her home state of Texas?