Today's News

  • Little public comment on state's health assessment



    An official with the Tennessee Department of Health said public comment on its health assessment of the TVA ash spill has been lackluster.

    “We haven’t received a lot of calls or e-mails or any comments at all,” Communications Director Andrea Turner said.

    The department released the health assessment on the spill in December. It is accepting comments on the assessment through Feb. 9.  

  • Waves split with Harriman


    Roane Newspapers

    It doesn't happen very often, but the Midway Green Waves swept the season series against Harriman with a 53-39 win Friday night at Harriman.

    Midway improved to 8-7 overall and 7-1 in District 3-A with the win while Harriman falls to 4-3 in the district and 8-5 overall.

    In the first game of the evening, it was the Lady Blue Devils picking up a 66-60 win over the Lady Waves.

    Harriman improves to 5-7 overall and 4-2 in the district while Midway falls to 4-11 overall and 1-5 in the district.

    Girls Game

  • 'Cats roar past 'Dogs, 64-41


    Morgan County News

    In a pair of games that meant a lot to the district standings, Wartburg and Oliver Springs battled to a split.

    All four teams entered Tuesday night looking to stay near the top of the District 4-A standings. Wartburg girls kept their hold on second place with an exciting 46-45 win over Oliver Springs, while the Bobcats remained in third with a convincing 64-41 win against the Bulldogs.

    Girls Game

  • Man dies in Harriman fire



    The Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office is assisting in the investigation of a Friday morning fatal house fire at 114 Poplar St., Harriman.

    Harriman officials said  A.J. Melton was found dead between the kitchen and living room area of his burned home.

    “They were good neighbors,” said Johnny “Sambo” Plemons, who lives next door and was among the people who reported the fire to authorities.

  • State cites TVA for leaking pond in Kingston



    TVA violated the requirements of its permit for its flue gas desulfurization stormwater pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant last fall, state officials say.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the violations were for failing to make timely notification of a possible leak and for an unpermitted discharge.

    The flue gas desulfurization stormwater pond is occasionally called the gypsum stilling pond.  

  • Kingston lands national bass tourney



    After a year of being swamped in bad publicity, Kingston and Watts Bar Lake have some good news.

    The city and the lake will be the location of The Bass Federation’s national championship in April.

    City officials announced the tournament at a recent city council meeting.

  • Haiti mission trip takes on urgency



    Rockwood residents Mark Foster and Jay Cooley were on a mission trip in Haiti when a devastating earthquake hit the country on Tuesday.

    Family members of the two Rockwood First Christian Church members said they are well and trying to get back home.

    “I got an e-mail from the U.S. Embassy,” said Kara Foster, Mark Foster's wife and pastor of Rockwood First Christian Church. “They had a message for me from him. It just said he was OK.”

  • County pumping money in 'little white house'



    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry said his mother always told him to run when something is confusing.

    He ran away loudly during the Jan. 11 county commission meeting.

    Not enough of his colleagues ran with him to vote down a resolution that earmarks funds to renovate a white house adjacent to the new jail.

    The commission voted 11-4 to take $332,000 out of fund balance to “complete the jail, the (white) house on the corner of Third and Spring streets and the communication tower.”

  • Lady Waves top Oakdale


    Roane Newspapers

    After dropping a pair of games at Oakdale in November, the Midway Green Wave and Lady Waves were looking to even the score Saturday night at home and they accomplished half the feat.

    The Lady Waves opened the evening with a surprising 61-45 victory over the Lady Eagles, but Midway's boys weren't as fortunate as they dropped a 68-47 decision to the hot-shooting Eagles.

    Girls Game

  • Spit, fire bring Houstons back to court



    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston were back in court Monday, each with separate cases pending before Judge Jeff Wicks in General Sessions Court.

    Officers charged Rocky with assault after he allegedly spit on them during a scuffle in October 2008.

    “Are you here representing yourself, Mr. Houston, or are you going to need an attorney?” Wicks asked.