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Today's News

  • LAZY SUMMER DAY
  • Roane Commission to go to electronic voting

    The Roane County Commission is planning to use an electronic voting system for meetings.

    “Everybody will either push yes, no or abstain,” Commission Chairman Randy Ellis said. “After we vote we’ll have a screen that shows how everybody voted.”

    Commissioners are supposed to receive training on the new system Tuesday, and it could be used for the first time at the Commission’s special-called meeting on July 29.

  • Weigh in on county budget at hearing

    The public has an opportunity this week to weigh in on the county’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

    The County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A Budget Committee meeting and Commission work session will follow. All will take place at the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We always talk about the budget,” County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody told the Commission last week. “That’s your-all’s and my main responsibility – the financial affairs of the county.”

  • Place in the shade
  • Driver hits pole, gets DUI charge

    A suspected intoxicated driver crashed into a utility pole in Rockwood, the force of the crash causing the pole to snap.

    The suspect, identified by police as 41-year-old Noah E. Buff, is facing multiple charges in the incident, including DUI.

    According to the report, Rockwood Patrolman Chris Kennedy was dispatched to the 500 block of South Gateway Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on July 7 to investigate a one vehicle accident.

  • Whitestone, Pattersons partner on concert series

    Whitestone Inn in partnership with Pattersons Home Appliances has launched a Summer Concert Series with plans to make the series an annual event.

    The Voices of Lee kicked off the concert series on July 6, with many more Gospel favorites still to come: Wes Hampton, Gordon Mote, Guy Penrod, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Martins, Adam Crabb and The Isaacs.

    Next up, Gordon Mote will take the stage on Aug. 3.

  • Mom faces child neglect for three tots

    A mother is in trouble after her three young children were allegedly found in the road by a passerby.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office were contacted and found the mother, identified as Latrisha Ann Cline, asleep in a nearby residence.

    Cline, 30, was arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse and neglect.

    According to the report, deputies responded to the Swan Pond area around 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6.

  • FETCHING SMILES
  • TVA is here to stay, CEO says

    Despite controversy surrounding its operations and handling of the ash spill, TVA is planning to continue producing power at the Kingston Fossil Plant for years to come.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: How we propose to handle student loan debt

    “A dirty war set in motion out of weakness by a weak man posing as a strong man ... A weak, powerful man, a tyrannical child driving a tank.” Does this description remind you of someone, gentle reader? It certainly did the old curmudgeon.