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Today's News

  • Witness lists set in ash worker trial

    Both sides in the upcoming ash spill worker trial have submitted the names of witnesses they expect to call. One of the names on the list for the plaintiffs is Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis.

    “Whatever is asked of me I will be truthful,” Ellis said last week.

    The litigation stems from the cleanup of the ash spill, which occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. On Dec. 22, 2008, an early morning dike failure resulted in the release of more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

  • Lurking turkeys
  • Metro chatter returns

    The county may take another look at metro government.

    “During the election process, I had a number of people say you know we need to shake the dust off of this thing and try it again,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    He presented the County Commission’s Budget Committee with a resolution that calls for creating an exploratory committee to study municipal consolidation. The committee passed it unanimously.

    “I may not vote for it again, but I think it at least needs to be studied,” Commissioner Mike Hooks said.

  • Roane State EMT students lend a hand to hurricane victims

    By Bob Fowler

    Roane State staff writer

    Driven to help others, Roane State Community College students enthusiastically rose to the occasion.

    The 17 students in the Emergency Medical Technician night class collected about 20,000 pounds of water, pet food, toiletry items and cleaning supplies for victims of Hurricane Florence, Jason Fox said.

    Fox, an adjunct faculty member who teaches the three-night-a-week course at Roane State’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences, said the students rounded up the items in eight days.

  • Tempers fizz when Dr. Pepper consumption questioned

    A soft drink reportedly sparked an altercation between a mother and daughter last week. One of them ended up going to jail.

    According to a report, Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to 428 West Tedder St. on Oct. 9 to look into a domestic incident.

    “I made contact with Mrs. Tina Rea Clower and her daughter Ms. Tiffany N. Hebert,” the report said. “I asked Mrs. Clower what happened. Mrs. Clower said she and her daughter got into an argument over her not drinking a full Dr. Pepper.”

  • Knoxville man facing weapons charges

    Rockwood police said they took a stolen firearm off of a Knoxville man.

    Narada D. Saffell, 20, is charged with unlawfully possessing a weapon in the incident.

    According to a report, police were dispatched to Walmart at 4:18 a.m. on Oct. 8 regarding a suspected drug deal in the parking lot.

    “The complainant told dispatch a silver Avalon and a red Toyota were parked on the employee’s side parking lot,” the report said.

  • Oliver Springs hosting October Sky Festival at 6 Arowhead Park

    Oliver Springs is in a state of excitement over the 11th annual October Sky Festival at 6 Arrowhead Park on Kingston Avenue.

    The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Entertainment will feature local artist Clay Jordan formerly of the 1970’s group, the “Four Seasons,” along with Rachael Smith, Oak Ridge String Quartet, the ever popular Dudley Evans & Victorious, and Greg Johnson and his ‘Tribute to Elvis.”

  • Whoa! Some budget panelists balk at resolution for schools building funds

    Some officials continue to ask for brakes to be applied on the Roane County Board of Education’s building program.

    “I can’t keep it sorted out in my mind because it’s go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go,” Commissioner Mike Hooks said during a Budget Committee meeting earlier this month. “Well we got to put the brakes on it.”

  • Students’ mom denies threatening Harriman principal, school staff

    A mother is vowing to contest allegations that she harassed Harriman High School Principal Scott Calahan.

    “I deny the charge,” Jateal Pendergrass said Wednesday. “What do I look like pleading guilty to something I didn’t do.”

    According to a warrant filed in the case, Calahan expelled one of Pendergrass’ children and suspended another for fighting on April 20.

  • Father who left infant son in car after crash arrested

    The man who allegedly left his 1-year-old son in a vehicle following a crash last month was arrested over the weekend.

    David Ray Diebel, 31, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, custodial interference, child abuse and neglect, driving on a revoked/suspended license, leaving the scene, aggravated assault, duty to give information and render aid, immediate notice of accident and domestic assault.