Today's News

  • Midway splits with Coalfield

    The Midway Lady Green Waves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 50-42 win over Coalfield last Friday night at Midway. 

  • Team Elite Performance has strong showing at state event

    Team Elite Performance recently took home several first place awards in the 2012 Tennessee State Open Championship Powerlifting Competition held at Elite Performance Gym in Harriman.

  • Rockwood sweeps Berean Christian

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers were feeling festive during this Christmas season in a 56-19 rout over the Berean Christian Lady Eagles. 

    Rockwood took the early 14-1 lead at the end of the first period and took a convincing 33-6 halftime advantage. 

  • Tax error brought up again

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan wasn’t holding any toys when he addressed the commission on Dec. 10, but some thought there was something playful about his explanation for erroneously having a $4,577 refund approved.

    “Why you playing yo-yo?” Commissioner Bobby Collier asked.

    “I’m not,” Morgan responded.

  • Stroll by the lake


    An American coot strolls along the waterfront in Kingston, presumably looking for a handout from one of the feed dispensers installed along the waterfront. The red-eyed bird, which generally eats vegetation, is a common sight in the water, where they can dive up to 20 feet. In spite of their vibrant red eyes and noisy nature, these birds tend to get along with other waterfowl.

  • ‘Home’ eludes hurting family

    Bridget Fritts would like nothing better than to come home.

    The former Dyllis resident, who still owns the property where her Pine Ridge Drive home burned in October 2008, rents in Oak Ridge.

    She, like so many others, has been hit by the recession, with the jobs through union Laborers Local 818 drying up.

    The divorced mother of two also has had to deal with uterine cancer and other health issues — and the loss of health insurance.

  • TVA borrows $1 billion through power bonds

    TVA has borrowed $1 billion through new 30-year global power bonds with an interest rate of 3.50 percent — the lowest rate ever on a TVA 30-year institutional bond.

    TVA was able to take advantage of a window of opportunity during a period of government fiscal negotiations and the holiday season to obtain low-cost financing.

  • Fly ash concern four years later

    Coal plants deposited more than 200 million tons of ash or scrubber sludge into ponds or landfills between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report out today from Environmental Integrity Project.  

    EIP issued the coal ash data to mark the fourth anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant fly ash spill.  

    On Dec. 22, 2008, 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry was released in the Tennessee River system when a dike ruptured.

  • GUEST OPINION: Do you have free speech in a shopping mall?

    First Amendment Center
    Most Americans know that they can speak their mind in the public square, thanks to the First Amendment.

    But what about shopping malls, arguably the modern equivalent of a village green?

    Well, outside of California and New Jersey, the First Amendment’s strong protection for free expression — particularly speech involving public issues — likely won’t apply in your local mall if it’s privately owned.

  • Director Aytes reports on state of schools

    The State Report Card was released last month, so now is a good time to update our citizens on the status of Roane County Schools.  

    The report card shows academic improvement — and also shows many areas for growth.

    Our greatest improvement was in math, where we received an A in value-added scores and a B in achievement.  

    Our goal this year will be to maintain the A and improve our achievement score.  

    Our other achievement scores were an A in social studies with B’s in reading and science.