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Today's News

  • Kingston Fossil Plant OK after quake, TVA inspections continue

    TVA is inspecting 15 of its dams and ash impoundments and all of its nuclear plants after an earthquake hit near Richmond, Va., on Tuesday.
    “The seismograph at Tellico Dam was the only TVA site that recorded any shaking as a result of the earthquake,” said TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum. “TVA is inspecting its nuclear plants and several dams and impoundments out of an abundance of caution to be sure the earthquake had no effect on these facilities.”

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Tea Party wants nothing from government! Really?

    Gentle Reader, it is not too soon to give some thought to your schedule for Labor Day, Monday, 5 September.
    If you do not already have firm plans for that day, some of you might well wish to attend the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic at Roane County Park from noon to 3 p.m.
    The event is as usual sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party, but this year it is designated to honor Teachers and one of the guest speakers is scheduled to be Reba Luttrell, Representative of the Tennessee Education Association.

  • State gets its best ever ranking in Kids Count study

    Despite the challenges of the recession, Tennessee has achieved a state best in the National Kids Count Data Book’s ranking on child well-being.

    Its ranking, 39th in the nation, is its best ever. The ranking was included in a recently  released report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The book also looks at how children have been affected by the recession.

  • Gala supporters coming forward

    The Roane County Heritage Commission’s gala for the historic Roane County Courthouse is Oct. 1, and sponsors are already signing on.

  • Passenger car coming back to its Southern Railway roots

    Southern Appalachia  Railway Museum has been chosen as the new owner of former Southern Railway Coach No. 829.

    The 52-seat passenger car is the generous donation from the Bluewater, Mich., chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

    The chapter considered several organizations to provide 829 a new home, and settled on museum based on its record of restoring and operating many pieces of former Southern Railway equipment.

    The transfer was completed on Aug. 1.

  • Rockwood Rotary chili supper today

    Today’s Rockwood Rotary Club annual chili supper kicks off a busy couple of months for the civic group.

    The chili supper will precede Rockwood High School football team’s first home game against South Greene.

    The meal will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the new state-of-the-art Rockwood High School cafeteria.

    Tickets are $5 each and can be bought from any Rockwood Rotarian or Rockwood High School cheerleader.

  • Yager on state Aging, Disability Commission

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been appointed by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to serve on the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

    The commission is the designated state agency on aging to provide leadership relative to aging issues on behalf of older persons in the state.

    For a number of years the commission has administered state funds providing multipurpose senior center programs, public guardianship, homemaker services, and home-delivered meals. 

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    JULY 11 CASES DISPOSED

    Jackie H. Kelley Jr., first-offense DUI, implied consent, financial responsibility law and drivers to exercise due care. Dismissed.

    Reed E. Sandifer, probation violation. Dismissed, cost to defendant.

    Michael A. Gaines, probation violation. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 7-15:

    From Terry Vann and James Michael McCloud to Mary Edith Richardson by trustee’s deed, Dist. 3, 0.96 acre, Lake Awana Valley Resort, Lot 3, $5,000.

    From Roane County to Sam Ernest Ellis Estate by quit-claim deed, Dist 3, 35.088 acres, Jones Road/Jones Island, $0.

  • Many graduate from Roane State

    A number of Roane State Community College students from Roane County graduated from Roane State Community College during the 2010-11 academic year.

    Graduating summa cum laude with a grade-point average of 4.0-3.9 were:

    Harriman — Phillip James and Gary Waldron.

    Kingston — Stacie McNeely and Ashley Randles.

    Oliver Springs — Lana Hensley.

    Rockwood — Shelbey Jolley and Shawn Long.