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Today's News

  • 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?

  • Roane Choral sets season’s first concert

    Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will accompany the Roane Choral Society in its first concert of the 2011-12 season at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    As an inspirational start to the holidays, Concert 1: Gloria, will feature the concert works of famed choral composer John Rutter. Other popular melodies to be performed include “Candlelight Carol,” The Holly and the Ivy” and “O Holy Night.”

  • More than 1,500 took summer bus tour at Oak Ridge

     The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities summer public bus tour concluded Sept. 2, attracting more than 1,500 guests to the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The annual tour offered from June until early September included visitors from 43 states and areas as far as Canada, Germany (Armed Forces) and Puerto Rico.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted more than 26,000 visitors to the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Programs eligible for food, shelter funding

    Roane County has been awarded $6,506 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Programto supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.  

    The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consisting of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.