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Today's News

  • Drunk woman steals, wrecks police cruiser; dog bites teen and other general mayhem

    A Crossville woman wrecked a stolen Cumberland County patrol car in Roane County on Sunday, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Troopers charged Michelle Lee Owens, 25, with DUI, driving on a revoked license, felony evading and reckless endangerment.

    The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will have charges against Owens as well.

    A state trooper started pursuing the stolen patrol car on Intestate 40 in Cumberland County.

    The pursuit ended at the 360 mile marker in Roane County when the vehicle hit a cable barrier.

  • Researchers looking at TVA ash spill’s impact on community bonds

    Over the past several weeks, selected Roane County residents have received a survey regarding the 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill.

    This research is funded entirely by the National Science Foundation, and the main objective of the study is to understand the various social impacts of the coal ash spill on people and communities in the region.

    To learn about these issues, several waves of surveys have been sent to randomly selected households in the area.

    The final batch of surveys has recently been delivered to selected homes.

  • Making math fun
  • HMS downs Midway, 28-14

    Ball control was the name of the game for the Harriman Middle School Blue Devils as they posted a 28-14 win over Midway Thursday night. 

  • Cherokee tops Rockwood, 40-12

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets ran their season record to 4-0 Thursday night with an impressive 40-12 victory at Rockwood.

  • 'Cats, Jackets prepare for "Big Mountain Brawl"

    It's not quite the Hatfields and McCoys, but anytime the Oliver Springs Bobcats and Coalfield Yellow Jackets lock horns on the gridiron a good-old fashioned slobber-knocker can be expected between the two long-time bitter rivals that are separated by just five miles.

  • The People vs. TVA: Kilgore, Rose and Kirkham on witness list

    Both sides in the litigation over the TVA ash spill expect to call Bonnie Bashor as a witness during the civil trial expected to start Thursday in U.S. District Court.

    Bashor is director of the state’s Environmental Epidemiology Program that conducted a public health assessment on the spill.

    Plaintiffs have argued the disaster caused personal injury, but the health assessment found the spill should not have caused harm to the community’s health.

  • Widening at 58/70 gets a go

    By Mike Gibson
    It’s a project that’s been on Troy Beets’ to-do list ever since he took the mayor’s seat in Kingston six years ago, and now it’s finally on a fast track.

    At a recent Kingston City Council meeting, Beets reported that the perpetually problematic intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 is scheduled for widening by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    Beets said the project would probably be let in the latter half of 2012.

  • 9/11 prompted fast action at DOE

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Energy immediately started work to make sure America’s defense — including its immense nuclear energy supplies — were protected.

    Paul Golan, now acting manager at DOE’s Oak Ridge Office, was active in the DOE Emergency Operations Center in Washington, D.C., during and after the attacks.

  • Lee’s rains a sigh of relief for firefighters

    Tropical Storm Lee brought some much-needed rain to Roane County last week.

    “The rain has actually really helped us,” said West Roane County Fire Chief Charlie Redwine. “I was getting very concerned because we couldn’t have stood much more” dry weather.

    “It keeps us from worrying so much,” he added.

    His volunteer department responded to a few vehicle crashes due to the rain, but nothing serious, Redwine said.