Today's News

  • Price for SROs in every school much too steep

    The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., prompted many, if not most, schools systems across the country to re-evaluate their safety plans.
    It also has prompted calls from some — including people in Roane County — to dedicate a school resource officer at every school.
    Resource is a key word here. If resources were no object, it would be fine to assign an officer to every one of Roane County’s 17 elementary, middle and high schools.
    We could be even safer and assign an officer to each and every classroom.

  • Debate over public notice is not over

    TPA Public Policy director
    State Sen. Ken Yager, sponsor of legislation championed by Tennessee Press Association as a defense against moving public notices from print to government websites, made special notice to his fellow senators that they were considering the bill during National Sunshine Week.
    The Senate passed SB461 on March 14 by a vote of 31-1 and sent it to the House, where HB1001 (the House companion) by Rep. Ryan Haynes, of Knoxville, passed the following week.

  • County porn scandal

    Melvin Moore, a former Roane County Property Assessor’s Office employee, watched pornography during after-hours at the office when he was alleged to be working, the county attorney says.
    Moore was former assessor Teresa Kirkham’s chief appraiser and front man during property appeals.
    “I had a conversation with him about it, just like a boss would an employee,” Kirkham said. “I reprimanded him pretty hard about it.”
    David Morgan defeated Kirkham in last year’s election.

  • Solar dream dimmed

    Kingston’s foray into the solar-farming business hit a slight snag in March.
    It wasn’t, however, enough to keep the city from forging ahead with a portion of the project and seeking alternatives for finishing the rest.
    The city has approval now to move on a 50-kwh farm to be located behind the water plant off James Ferry Road.
    That was the original plan  laid out when the city joined with the private firm Energy Source Partners in this venture.

  • TDOT nixes Kingston parking expansion

    It seemed like a sure bet, but Kingston’s planned trailside parking lot project in Ladd Park fell by the wayside — at least for now.
    It was grounded by bureaucrats’ reservations about its funding and its alleged purpose.
    Kingston had planned to use around $300,000 in accumulated in federal Surface Transportation funds, in conjunction with another $200,000 or so left over from the Ladd Greenway project, to expand the parking lot at the trailhead in Ladd Park.

  • Rockwood seeks funds for firetruck

    How to fund the approved Rockwood firetruck is just one of many issues the city will be considering when tackling the budget for the coming year.
    Rockwood City Council approved the lowest bid at a special-called meeting earlier this year.
    “I think this is a great deal if we can manage to pay it off. We need it,” said Vice Mayor Peggy Evans. She and others, however, worry where money for big ticket items will come from.

  • Eat-and-run plans lead to Cracker Barrel meth bust

    An attempt to skip out on paying for a meal at Cracker Barrel turned into an arrest for manufacturing methamphetamine late Sunday.
    Michael Taylor Adcock, 18, of 741 Ranken Chapel Road, Oakdale, was arrested by Harriman police outside the popular restaurant around 10:20 p.m.
    He was taken to the Roane County Jail on charges of possession of a prohibited weapon and initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine.
    He was also in custody for an unrelated theft charge.

  • General Sessions Court: Dec. 13-14, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 13 — Michael D. Keene, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Frank Vann, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Dustin Patrick Curtis, light law motor vehicle. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Kimberly D. Cronan-Moore, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Tunes, ads from the old days on tap for Roane Choral concert

    Roane Choral Society invites the public to its studio audience at the “WRCS radio station” for favorite music and commercials of the good old days.

    Venue choices in Spring City and Kingston are offered for performances of “Turn Your Radio On.”

    Spring City activities will be in Tennessee Valley Theatre at 184 W. Jackson Ave. on April 20.

    A barbecue dinner will be available for $7 beginning at 5 p.m. The after-dinner concert starts at 7; admission is $10 per person.

  • The Garden Gate: Looking for a sweet hobby? Sugaring may be for you

    Particular things come to mind as we look forward to spring and warmer days to come. One early spring idea for those of us with sugar maples in our gardens is tree tapping.

    “Sugaring” is truly an American enterprise.

    Most of us are familiar with the 19th century Currier and Ives lithographs, with their sentimental depictions of rural New England life.