Local News

  • Three’s a crowd
  • Yard waste solution: Sausage power?

    As brush piles grow bigger for small communities like those in Roane County, a green waste recycling project may be the solution.

    “We have a lot,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe. “It costs about $10,000 a year,”

    Harriman’s ever-growing pile is on city property on Fiske Heights.

    It needs to be dealt with for a Renaissance Festival that wants to locate on the property. The entry to the proposed fair site is where the sizable pile is now.

  • Movie tickets for blood donors

    Medic Regional Blood Center is struggling to meet the needs of area hospitals and will offer a special holiday incentive to get people to roll up their sleeve. Each donor on Monday, Dec. 30, will receive a pair of Regal Cinema movie passes with no expiration date.

    “We usually give away a single pass to donors, but we are in desperate need for donors and thought we would offer two tickets to sweeten the pot,” said Christi Fightmaster, director of public relations.

  • K-25 plant demolition a notable moment in history

    A significant piece of national and Roane County history came down last week with the final demolition of the K-25 building.

    “A number of people from Roane County worked up there,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They helped build it, and once it was built they worked in the facility.”

    K-25, built in 1943, was part of the Manhattan Project. It was once the world’s largest building under one roof.

  • Perfect holidays are rarely in the cards, but how to cope?

    During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” a Vanderbilt psychiatrist says.

    In other words, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and deal head-on with some of the stressors of the season.

  • Website aimed at schoolchildren’s parents

    The Tennessee School Boards Association has developed a site, MyTennesseePublicSchools.net, with the idea that parents shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for answers to questions they have about public schools.

    Information should be easy to find.

    MyTennesseePublicSchools.net is a collection of resources and need-to-know information to help parents help their child rensucceed in public school.

  • Start your year with state park hike

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year as part of the quarterly hikes program.

    “Our First Hikes have been very popular and we are excited to continue this series in the New Year,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “The First Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.”

  • Why no TVA funds for Midtown school?

    Roane County Schools’ $32 million building program didn’t include any projects at Midtown Elementary School.

    “They were in pretty good shape,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “There was no big needs there.”

    The $32 million building program was funded with money TVA made available to the county because of the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    More than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash spilled over 300 acres following an early morning dike failure on Dec. 22, 2008.

  • Reed: 18 kids, one host and varied cultures

    Alan Reed first volunteered as a host family when two college students needed a place to stay as they finished their degree programs at Roane State Community College.

    Coach Randy Nesbit asked Reed to consider it, and the Rockwood High School principal soon found he enjoyed learning about the young people and their countries, Croatia and the Bahamas.

    “Just sitting around and talking and finding out different things about their countries enthused me that would be really neat for our high school students,” he said.

  • International students at home in Rockwood:Rural living adjustment for Vienna’s Pochieser

    Moises Pedroza decided America would be a great place to become more fluent in English.

    The soft-spoken Colombian 16-year-old is attending Rockwood High School this year as an exchange student.

    “I chose this place because nobody speaks Spanish here,” Pedroza said. “In Colombia, English is very important for college work and jobs.”

    He’s staying with Rockwood High School Principal Alan Reed, who has hosted numerous exchange students, including Moises’ brother, Javier.