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  • ORNL reactor makes history books

    The high flux isotope reactor, now in its 48th year of providing neutrons for research and isotope production at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.

  • Tornado repairs in Kingston
  • Bigfoot searchers to look in Roane County

    Some people say a dark, hairy creature may be lurking around the woods of Roane County.

    A group called EastTennesseeBigFoot.org believes there may even be three of them.

    Alleged sightings of a creature gliding on two feet through the woods inspired the start up of the group.

    “We have been here since 2005. We only recently really started to grow,” said member Matt Seeber.

  • Longtime law official dies


    A former Rockwood police chief and retired Tennessee Highway Patrol lieutenant has died at 75.

    J.W. Cisson, who was most recently a bailiff in the Roane County courts, served in law enforcement more than 40 years.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright worked with Cisson for several years with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.



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    Joe Williams with the Harriman Lions Club tests the eyes of Enrique Roman at Ridge View Elementary Monday. The Lions Club holds free annal vision screening in all Roane County schools.

  • No tax hikes for school system

    Property tax rates will remain the same in Roane County for another year.

    The Roane County Board of Education had asked for a 9-cent rate hike, but that request was voted down 11-4 at Monday’s County Commission meeting.

    “I’ve been inundated, as some commissioners I heard, have been all weekend and all day today with no new taxes,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

  • TVA funds divvied up by board

    TVA’s plan for divvying up $1 million in public-image repair funds got the OK from the Roane County Economic Development Foundation during a special-called meeting on Monday at Kingston City Hall.

    The approval was over strong objections from Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    He produced minutes from a Sept. 30, 2009, foundation meeting as well as a budget matrix prepared by TVA that indicates the money was earmarked for Roane County.

  • ‘God’ plaque goal reached

    A $1,000 donation on Monday puts Roane County over what Commissioner Randy Ellis said needed to be raised to post “In God We Trust” at the courthouse.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen has been collecting money for the county. She said the $1,000 donation was from Eagle Furnace Baptist Church.

    “The gentlemen who came in said they just took a love offering at church yesterday (Sunday),” Eblen said.


    On the football field, Midway senior lineman Gage Patterson likes nothing better than leading the Green Wave to victories.

    Off the field, however, Patterson looks to lead the community in a different way. He has answered a calling from God and has begun his ministry as a preacher.

    “I recently went through a bad time where things were very depressing for me,” he said. “God got me through it, and I realize now he was using that bad time as a way to prepare me for this.”

  • Proposed tax hike goes to vote tonight

    The property tax rates that have been proposed for the 2014-15 fiscal year include an additional 9 cents requested by the Roane County Board of Education.

    Whether the increase goes through remains to be seen, however.

    The Roane County Commission meets today – Monday – at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

    Resolutions to set the tax rates and budget for the fiscal year are on the agenda.

    The commission is the funding body for the school system.