Today's News

  • Officials worry about the safety of ballfields near Kingston Fossil Plant

    Hours after the verdict in the ash spill workers trial was announced, Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis and Commissioner David Bell each said they want the fields at the Swan Pond Sports Complex checked for potential health dangers.

    “I think Roane County should be very concerned,” Ellis said.

    Roane County operates the sports complex on land owned by TVA.

  • Employees win ash spill lawsuit against Jacobs

    A federal jury of six women and four men found on Wednesday that the plaintiffs in the ash spill worker trial had proved their case against Jacobs Engineering Group.

    That means a phase 2 trial will occur sometime in the future that will focus on each plaintiff’s alleged injuries, whether they are entitled to punitive damages and by how much.

    The ash spill occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    A dike failure resulted in the release of more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

  • Voters reject proposed wheel tax

    Many predicted the wheel tax referendum would fail mightily in Tuesday’s election.

    They were proven right by the unofficial returns, which showed 14,813 voted against it compared to just 4,019 for.

    “It was a beat down,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

    “That wheel tax had a blowout.”

    Nearly 79 percent of the people who voted in the referendum were against the wheel tax.

  • RSCC extends deadline for festival of trees

    The application deadline for sponsoring a tree in the Festival of Trees at the Roane State Community College’s “Lighting of the Tree” festivities was extended to Monday, Nov. 12.

    The entry fee is $75 (including tree and tree stand.)

    The application form instructions for registration will be on the Lighting of the Tree website at roanestate.edu/treelighting.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Vox Populi —Listen to the voice of the people!

    Gentle readers, Thank you, thank you, thank you! As you may recall, since our column of 19 October concerning the Wheel Tax Referendum, we have requested you more than once to be sure to vote on this question, and further requested that you vote against the wheel tax. Well, you couldn’t have done better, and we thank you for it. Of the total number of you who voted, 19,617, 18,832 voted in the wheel tax referendum. And of those of you who voted in the referendum, 14,813, or 78.66 percent voted against the wheel tax!

  • Going With the Flo: God uses historical events to accomplish His will

    By Flo Charles

    A note of gratitude to Mr. Largen for the inspiring article he had last week, which so encouraged me!

    I took it to UPS to be laminated. The shared memories were touching also, relieving the grief of Clarence’s absence — each holiday has been difficult, especially in the fall — his favorite season.

    Your article reminded me of Jeremiah 6:16: “Stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths — the good way, and walk therein.”

  • Yager’s chili supper a good time for a good cause

    One of the best reasons to show up at state Sen. Ken Yager’s 25th Annual Chili Supper on Friday, Nov. 16, is the opportunity to help local non-profit organizations.

    But there’s another reason — you never know who you might run into.

    Over the past 25 years a legion of political officials have showed up at the event at Roane State Community College to help serve delicious bowls of hot chili while raising money for good causes.

    Guests are sometimes surprised to see well known state and local officials on the serving line.

  • Kinney reckless homicide case dismissed

    The criminal case against Jacob Kinney — the Harriman teen charged with reckless homicide in the 2016 death of MarStratton Gordon — is over.

    A hearing was held in the case on Wednesday.

    General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey determined Jacob acted in self defense and dismissed the charge.

    “He’s been innocent the whole entire time,” Jacob’s mom, Sherri Kinney said.

  • Roane County tops in deer harvest

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    Tennessee deer hunters had a harvest of 7,683 on the opening weekend of muzzleloader season as reports continued to trickle in Monday (Nov. 5).

    The current harvest number is an increase from the 4,949 recorded on the 2017 opening weekend.

    Roane County had the top weekend with a harvest total of 237. Montgomery County was second with 223. Rounding out the top 10 counties were Sumner (189), Stewart (178), Wilson (176), Maury (167), Cumberland (163), Dickson (160), McMinn (156), and Smith (152).