Today's News

  • Y-12 honors innovators with Tech Transfer Awards

    The Y-12 National Security Complex recently honored 21 innovators for their fiscal year 2018 accomplishments at the site’s 15th annual Technology Transfer awards ceremony in Knoxville.

    The group’s innovations garnered nine patents in areas including radiation area monitors, ergonomic glovebox workspaces and a sensor and methods of detecting target materials. Of the nine patents, many were developed from Plant Directed Research and Development-funded projects.

  • Genera Energy recognized at 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony

    Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources, recently hosted its 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards.

    The ceremony was held in Nashville and presented 17 awards to recipients from all corners of the state, including two area residents and two locally based organizations.

  • Legal options for former Harriman Hosiery workers

    Plant workers employed before 1981 diagnosed with various cancers are entitled to special benefits.

    Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and mesothelioma are frequently caused by asbestos exposure.

    Asbestos-laced products were used for decades at Harriman Hosiery. Neither employees nor management were aware of the asbestos risk.

    Asbestos is a mineral that in its natural state is harmless.

    It becomes harmful when it is pulled apart or ground up into flexible fibers.

  • Learning the ropes as principal for a day

    Local leaders got a chance to be “principal for a day” at Roane County schools last week.

    A group of 19 business and civic leaders reported for duty at the beginning of the school day and shadowed the principal on daily rounds to classrooms and meetings with teachers and students.

    Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis participated at his alma mater Harriman Middle School.

    He said he had not walked around the school since he graduated in 1995.

  • Man shoots out of Nissan, but no ID forthcoming on the suspect

    A suspect reportedly fired eight shots out the window of a moving vehicle earlier this month. Rockwood police are investigating.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Patrolman Charles Haubrich was dispatched to 240 Black Hollow Road on May 10 to look into the incident.

    “When I arrived I spoke with the complainant, Mr. James McQuillen,” the report said.

  • Former attorney’s sex offender case reset

    The criminal case against former attorney Kent Booher has been reset.

    Booher was on last Tuesday’s Roane County General Sessions Court docket for charges of violation of the sexual offender registry and solicitation of a minor.

    The case against him was rescheduled to Aug. 20.

    Booher’s days as an attorney ended because of sex crimes. In 2014 he pleaded guilty on two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County.

    He was later disbarred by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Kingston votes to put bumpers on lake wall at Kingston City Park

    The Kingston City Council last Tuesday voted unanimously to purchase “bumpers” for the lake-wall at Kingston City Park.

    The bumpers, which will line the cement wall along the shore of Watts Bar Lake, will make it easier for the city to attract fishing tournaments, according to Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

    Wright said that following a recent fishing tournament organizers of the event told her some fishermen were reluctant to pull up along the seawall for fear of damaging their boats on the concrete wall.

  • Rockwood motorcycle recovered in Caryville

    Caryville police recovered a motorcycle reported stolen out of Rockwood.

    Timothy Alan Flynn contacted Rockwood police about his 1999 Honda CMX 250 last September.

    “Mr. Flynn stated on 9/3/18 he left the motorcycle and a black and yellow Fulmer helmet at a friend’s residence at 222 S. Church St., and went out of town to visit family for the holiday,” the report said.

    “Mr. Flynn said when he returned on the 4th, he noticed the motorcycle and helmet were gone from the side of the house where he left it.”

  • Jets derail Kingston soccer post-season run

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets’ post-season run ended Tuesday evening with a 2-1 loss to the Cumberland County Jets in the Region 2AA semi-final game in Crossville.

    The Jets scored twice in the first half to put pressure on Kingston early.

    The Jackets were able to get on the board in the second half thanks to a penalty kick from Avery Sinnott, but that was as close as they could get.

    Kingston finishes the season with a 3-3-1 record.

  • Cherokee takes 2nd straight title

    By Melissa Coley


    Winning the regular season AA district championship with relative ease was a great way for the Cherokee Yellowjackets to end their season.

    It was icing on the cake to win the district tournament the hard way by having to play four games in one day to come out of the loser’s bracket and defeat North Middle twice to take the first place trophy.

    Cherokee was the number one seed going into the tournament and played Lenoir City on April 25 and defeated the Panthers 14-0.