Today's News

  • International students at home in Rockwood: Moises second Pedroza to stay with principal

    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.

  • Could TVA disaster have been prevented?

    During his closing argument in the 2011 TVA ash spill trial, plaintiffs’ attorney Jeff Friedman told the federal judge presiding over the case that signs of impending failure were everywhere.

    Friedman wasn’t referring to the Dec. 22, 2008 disaste. He was talking about the fateful Oct. 20, 2008, inspection of the dike that would fail just more than two months later.

    That inspection was performed by TVA employees Chris Buttram, Jamey Dotson and John Albright.

  • $1 billion later: Ash cleanup likely to continue into 2015

    Five years after the ash spill, the area around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant still remains an active construction site.

    “I would estimate we are about 85 percent complete,” said Craig Zeller, the project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is overseeing the cleanup.

    Work is expected to continue well into next year.

    “The bulk of the ash recovery project should be completed a year from now,” Zeller said. “We may have some minor loose ends to tie up, perhaps into February 2015.”

  • Suit: Lag in report of alleged sex abuse

    A lawsuit filed against Roane County Schools alleges a Midway Middle School special-needs student was sexually abused by another student on a school bus in October 2012.

    Bus driver Steve Hunter, Midway Middle School Principal Nadine Jackson and Middle School Supervisor Tony Clower are also named as defendants.

    The alleged victim and his mother are identified in the lawsuit as John Doe and Jane Doe.

    Their attorney, Stephen S. Duggins of Chattanooga, said that’s due to the highly sensitive nature of the case.

  • Meadows BPW top employer

    Rockwood physician Angela E. Meadows is Rockwood Business and Professional Women’s Employer of the Year.

    “Although a doctor’s office is a different dynamic from a retail operation or an industrial setting, addressing the concerns of women in the workplace remains the same in all settings,” said Meadows’ nomination.

    Meadows practices medicine with Dr. Eric Bowman in Summit Medical Group at 450 S. Chamberlain Ave., Suite 300.

  • RSCC job fair to focus on manufacturers

    Manufacturing employers are welcome to participate in a Jan. 23 job fair for Roane State Community College students training to become manufacturing technicians.

    Roane State offers courses in composite materials, has a one-year mechatronics certificate program, and provides a variety of courses through its Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.

  • Out to Lunch: Food not all that’s special at Harriman’s Roane Street Grill

    A telephone call from one of my “Out To Lunch” scouts, Darlene Brandel, prompted me to set a date for my visit to Roane Street Grill in Harriman.

    “My husband, Lee, and I went there for lunch after church Sunday,” she said. “He had the Sunday buffet, and I ordered from the menu. You’ll like it.”

    My wife, Carol, and I became acquainted with Darlene and Lee when they joined Kingston First Baptist Church. Darlene has recommended other places to visit for “Out to Lunch.”

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 23

    Last Saturday evening, Gloria Ward, Marie Frazier, Carolyn Clemmons, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams and Louise Warmley attended the retirement banquet for Pastor Harold Middlebrook, who is retiring from Canaan Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    About 350 guests attended the banquet.

    The Rev. William Caldwell from Clinton and the Rev. Rusty Flemmons from New York City roasted Pastor Middlebrook. Melvin Kimbrow from “I Won’t Complain” in Cleveland, Ohio, attended.

    Afterward, dinner was served. This was a delicious dinner.

  • Christmas tree recycling starts up Jan. 6

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his department will offer Christmas tree recycling from Jan. 6-9 at the road department at 3072 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Ferguson said the success of last year’s event and the number of requests received so far prompted the decision.

    Trees will be recycled from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Wreaths and garland are also welcome, but brush is prohibited.

    The public is asked to remove all tinsel, lights and decorations before taking trees to be recycled.

    Call 882-9782 for details.

  • MMS splits with Greenback


    The Midway Middle School Green Waves picked up a nice win heading into Christmas break when they pounded Greenback, 50-29, Thursday at Midway. 

    The win pushed the Green Waves record to 6-7 with four more regular season games left.