Today's News

  • Oak Ridge to host dragon boat races


    The inaugural Oak Ridge Dragon Boat Race Festival, which will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, is free to all spectators. It will be held at the Oak Ridge Marina and Pavilion, but officials say it’s unsafe to park along Melton Lake Drive.

  • Roane lands 18 on all-district teams


    The 2014 softball season recently ended and the news was good for a total of 18 individuals from Roane County as that’s the number all-district selections from the county’s five high schools.

  • EPA must act on ash regs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to a Dec. 19 deadline to take final action on regulating coal ash waste from power plants.

    In 2010, in the wake of the TVA coal ash spill in Kingston, the EPA announced it was considering two options to regulate coal ash. Environmental groups sued the agency for failing to take action on the proposed regulations.

    Last fall, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the EPA to set a deadline.

  • REU move gets city’s attention

    Rockwood Electric Utility may be eyeing the possibility of moving to its Tedder Street property, but Rockwood City Council approved a resolution asking the utility to instead consider renovating and expanding operations at its current location.

    Councilman Pete Wright said REU’s location at 341 W. Rockwood St. is an important element of downtown.

  • Rockwood mayor’s vote is new

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts voted at the Rockwood City Council meeting last Thursday.

    His second vote was on what could be a controversial topic: dismissing Jody Mioduski as Rockwood Park and Recreation director.

    Giving Watts the power to vote was part of the city charter changes that were recently approved at the state level.

  • Trails Day embraced

    In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 7, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state.

    Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.

  • Hawkins produces another winner

    Christian Hawkins, a Kingston resident and recent graduate of Roane County High School, won first-place in advertising design at the Skills

    USA State Competion in April.

    Hawkins finished second in 2013, and used that to step up his game this year.

    “It was a big motivator,” he said. “That was my plan. I kept enough air in my head that I knew I was coming home with a gold medal.”

    Even so, Hawkins had some butterflies at the state event.

    “We had a lot of good competitors,” he said.

  • Bridges build teams for students

    Cherokee Middle School seventh-graders took a more hands-on approach to learning.

    “They are building bridges to the community in more than one way,” said Carrie Guy, seventh-grade teacher.

    Students finished a 10-day class project where they worked in teams to design, plan and build scale-model bridges.

    The mock architectural companies had to design and construct sturdy, weight-bearing bridges while keeping up with construction costs.

    Materials used were toothpicks for lumber, white glue as welding materials and cardboard.

  • GUEST OPINION: We all want free speech when we agree on topic


    First Amendment Center

    Campus collisions over commencement speakers. Over-the-top public reaction to celebrity shockers. And genuine fear of physical reprisals over controversial issues.

    Clearly, we’re a nation vigorously exercising our lungs as well as our rights.

    Vigorous give-and-take in the “marketplace of ideas” is part and parcel of the First Amendment.