Today's News

  • Court forces EPA’s hand

    More than three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a Knoxville hearing for input on its plan to regulate coal ash, the agency has failed to implement the regulations.
    This week, a federal judge may have given the EPA the spark it needs to get moving.
    Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the agency to file a written submission with the court setting a proposed deadline “for its compliance with its obligation to review and revise if necessary its Subtitle D regulations concerning coal ash.”

  • Halloween fun for the young
  • More time granted in TVA mediation

    The parties involved in the TVA ash spill litigation were granted an additional 105 days to mediate on Oct. 24.
    “This litigation shall continue to be stayed during the mediation,” Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said in the order granting the extension.
    The plaintiffs and TVA filed a joint motion requesting the additional time on Oct. 22. It was the third joint request for an extension since Varlan ordered the parties to mediate on Nov. 20, 2012.
    The first request was granted on March 21. The second one was granted on July 12.

  • Blake Norman honored as top Rockwood officer

    Rockwood Police Department officer Blake Norman was recognized as officer of the quarter at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday.
    “He’s one of those fellows that we can all be proud of. Blake has led the department in arrests,” and been consistent with all his duties, Mayor James Watts said.
    Watts said arrests alone don’t qualify Norman for the honor.
    Norman arrives early for work and leaves late and has a great attitude, follows orders and has a high energy level, according to Watts.

  • Concert at Princess Theatre

    John Fee and The Tuckasee Highway Band will perform Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.
    Presented by Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures Committee, the concert also features Johnny Cash tribute artist Philip Ray.
    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Roane State campuses, by calling (865) 354-3000, Ext. 4515, or at the door on the day of the concert.
    The concert will help fund other Arts and Lectures Committe activities.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: In-again, out-again Harry growing old

    Harry is a tuxedo cat who was born, according to the rescue outfit I got him from, on Valentine’s Day.
    With long black fur, a snowy bib and oversized white feet, he stole my heart immediately.
    When I brought him home to my apartment in Chicago, Harry reveled in life outside of a cage.
    He stretched across a panel of sunlight on the hardwood floor of my apartment, his tail curling into a question mark. Itwas as if he was ask if this could be his home.
    He came up with the answer soon enough, wandering from room to room chirping happily.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to the Grand Canyon

    The Roane County News joined Tom Martin and his granddaughters, from left, sisters Cassidy Martin Adkisson, Skylar Martin and Karly Martin for a trip to the Southwest for breathtaking views at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

    The family followed Interstate 40 through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona to reach their destination on a vacation planned to coincide with Skylar’s fall break from Rockwood High School.

  • United Way accepting applications from agencies for emergency food, shelter funds

    Roane County has been awarded $22,357 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the funds must contact the Roane County United Way at 882-7711 for an application.

    The application deadline is at 4 p.m. Nov. 4.

    Due to the quick turn-around required by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, no extensions can be permitted for the application deadline.

  • Bowers Elementary honor rolls, first nine weeks 2013

    Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, applauds students who earned placement on its honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period.

    They are:


    Third grade — Abraham Barry, Addison Oliver, Caiyden Grigsby, Cooper Qualls, Emma Long, Jessica Ramirez, Skyler Johnson, Kylee Brackett, Loretta Ketterer, Madelyn Ladd, Mason Mullins, Savannah Trew, Talan Moore, Zack Spradlin, Jayden Hawn and Zoe Abernathy.

  • Raiders relying on pressure defense


    Intense, nonstop defense for 40 minutes.

    That’s what Roane State Community College men’s basketball coach Randy Nesbit expects from his team this season.