Today's News

  • Sulfur dioxide leak sets off alarm

    Leaking sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas, set off alarms at the Oliver Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant on Joel Road in Roane County Wednesday morning.
    A HAZMAT team dealt with the situation.
    “We don’t know what caused it. There was a leaking valve,” said Howie Rose, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. His and other agencies responded to the scene.

  • Rockwood takes aim at feral cat problem

    Feral cats and the number of animals on one property were addressed in ordinances approved in first reading by Rockwood City Council recently.
    The feral cat ordinance establishes a definition of a feral cat and cat colonies, what the ordinance calls “more than five free roaming cats.”
    Mayor James Watts said problems with cats are the reason behind the ordinances.

  • Saturday letter delivery to end

    Saturday mail delivery could soon become a thing of the past. The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it plans to transition to a Monday-through-Friday delivery schedule for mail.
    It will deliver packages Monday through Saturday.

  • Kingston Clothes Closet ministry goes worldwide

    Kingston United Methodist Church’s Clothes Closet has begun broadening its ministry of providing clothes, household goods and furniture — even bridal gowns and prom dresses — to other parts of the state, nation and around the world.

    The Clothes Closet began more than 20 years ago in one room in the church’s Ministry Center on Church Street.

  • Big Emory Baptist Association making plans for Pigeon Forge youth conference

    Big Emory Baptist Association will continue a tradition of more than 30 years with its Draw the Line youth conference next month in Pigeon Forge.

    Worship, praise, skits, testimonies and black lights are planned for the conference, which will be March 22-23 in the Country Tonite Theatre, the latest venue for the Pigeon Forge event.

  • Church Calendar: Feb. 6-16

    FRIDAY, FEB. 8
    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have a large two-day rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road. Call 376-2990 for details.

  • Student leaders sought for upcoming Academy

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce is looking for rising high school juniors to participate in this summer’s Roane County Youth Leadership Academy.

    Students from the five Roane County public high schools and homeschoolers are invited to submit their application to attend the Academy on June 3-7 on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

  • GUEST OPINION: Inaugural prayers now weathervane

    First Amendment Center
    Prayers delivered at presidential inaugurations are rarely quoted and quickly forgotten (at least in the earthly realm).

    But in today’s deeply divided America, who prays the prayers – and who doesn’t – is fast becoming a religio-political weathervane pointing in the direction cultural winds are blowing.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What mischief will state legislature produce?

    There used to be a saying concerning state legislatures to the effect that no man’s life nor property was safe as long as the legislature was in session.

    That saying could never have been more appropriate than now, in the state of Tennessee.

  • Harriman man charged in beating

    A 29-year old Harriman man is in custody after allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend at her Wartburg home last Thursday.

    Eric W. Turner, of 2373 Sugar Grove Valley Road, was arrested by Roane County deputies and handed over to Morgan County officers late Monday night.

    Turner is facing assault charges for beating his 38-year old girlfriend.

    She is seven-months pregnant.

    According to the police report, Turner head-butted her in the face, pulled her hair out, and dragged her through the house.