Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: Aug. 17-24, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 17 — Clyde G. Thompson, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Corey A. Lee, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Tyler H. Paradis, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Richard S. Berry, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Bill Jones, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Property Transfers: Aug. 29-Sept. 11, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Aug. 29-Sept. 11:
    • From Michael T. Johnston, Kristi L. Perau and Thomas S. Johnston Estate to Betty F. Johnston by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, 20 acres, Loudon Road, $0.

    • From Melissa A. Kirkland to Anthony F. Kirkland by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, River Oaks, Lot 18 and 18R, $0.

    • From Wanda S. Smith and Wanda S. Presley to Wanda S. Smith by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Post Oak Farms, Lot 10 and 9, $10.

  • Arrests: Oct. 24-Nov. 4, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 24 — Sherrod Avery Thomas, 30, 239 Manhattan Ave., Oak Ridge: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Nov. 5.

    • Eruviel Pacheco Quezada, 21, 1835 1/2 Broadway Blvd. Albuquerque, N.M.: DUI, violation implied consent law. Total bond $7,500; court date Dec. 3.

  • GUEST OPINION: Cheerleaders, biblical banners get day in court

    First Amendment Center
    In Kountze, Texas, there’s not much daylight between God and football on Friday nights.

    That’s why most fans in the stands cheer loudly when the cheerleaders hoist banners with biblical verses for the football team to crash through as they take the field every week.
    Most, but not all.

  • Residents respond to ash cleanup

    Roane County residents directly impacted by the 2008 catastrophic release of 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash, expressed their disappointment in TVA’s most recent clean up plan.

    Last month, many of them submitted comments on TVA’s latest plan to clean up the fly ash that still remains in the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers.

  • Johnson to head TVA on Jan. 1

    TVA will soon have a new chief.

    William D. Johnson, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy Inc., will become president and CEO of the $11 billion federal agency effective Jan. 1.

    This week the TVA Board of Directors announced that Johnson, 58, will succeed Tom Kilgore, 64, who has served as TVA’s first president and CEO since 2006.

  • City debates leftover TVA funds

    Rockwood officials will be voting Thursday on what they would like to do with the remainder of the TVA funds they have to request through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

    Mayor James Watts said the city has several projects to consider for the more than $600,000 left.

    One of them involves  giving several hundred thousand dollars to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas department to deal with infiltration into the water and sewer systems and for line replacement.

  • Rockwood cleaning up insurance quagmire

    Rockwood’s city hall was once a swinging door for insurance salespeople, who approached employees with life insurance and other policies not related to the city-provided health insurance.

    “We started opening doors and letting a dozen insurance people come through here,” Mayor James Watts said.

    The city began helping its employees by having automatic payroll deductions to pay for these policies, a practice that has now resulted in confusion according to city officials.

  • Midway falls at Cloudland, 28-12

    Midway’s return to the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs did not turn out as well as they hoped, dropping a 28-12 decision to Cloudland Saturday afternoon. 

  • Bobcats end season on high note

    Although they did not make the playoffs, the Oliver Springs Bobcats did play a game over the weekend as Wiley Brackett’s squad defeated Stone Memorial, 47-30, Saturday afternoon at Grace Christian Academy.