Today's News

  • Board tackles lack of quorum issue for TVA

    The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors at a special meeting on Monday approved delegations of authority to enable TVA to manage with maximum effectiveness while the process for filling board vacancies continues.

    “We’re making these authorizations and delegations today as contingencies, in case the board does not have a quorum in the coming weeks,” said Chairman Bill Sansom. “These decisions will ensure that TVA continues to operate effectively.”

  • County jail water bill has officials sputtering

    For Tim Phillips, being chief deputy of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is about more than finding bad guys.

    Lately it’s been about finding the reason behind the jail’s exorbitant water bills. The average bill the first nine months of this year is $14,011.

    According to a spreadsheet Phillips provided, the highest bill the jail got in 2011 was $7,244.61.

    “It just doesn’t make sense,” the chief deputy said about the increase.

    The city of Kingston is the jail’s water provider.



    A house at 517 Old Valley Road, Harriman, is engulfed with flames Wednesday evening. Multiple agencies responded to the fire. Midtown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randy Scarborough said no one was in the house. He said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Wednesday was a busy day for firefighters. A house at 317 Lakemont Drive, Rockwood, caught on fire Wednesday morning. According to emergency dispatch records, West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department assisted Rockwood Fire Department in fighting that blaze

  • 12-12-12: Hopping day to get hitched

    December is a common month for weddings, but a number of Roane County residents decided to make their wedding anniversary extra special — and easy to remember.

    As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, four couples had visited the Roane County Clerk’s office to apply for their marriage license and to tie the knot there with former Roane County Commissioner Una Coffman as justice of the peace.

    They were following a common theme.

    Many couples around the world decided to make it official on 12-12-12.

  • "The Breastplate" signing set Saturday

    Roane County’s Shirley McCracken will sign copies of her historical novel, The Breastplate, this weekend.

    The book-signing event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Browder’s Ace Hardware in Kingston’s Ladd Landing.

    The novel, set during the Civil War, centers around an artifact McCracken’s husband found 40 years ago on their farm.

    The story centers around the war in Tennessee, particularly Kingston, and Kingston’s residents.

  • Health fair a tribute to trio

    Speights Chapel AME Zion Church, Rockwood, is making plans for its inaugural Davison, Inman and Hawkins Health Fair.

    The event, planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave., will be in memory of Rob Davison, Deidre Inman and Mechelle Hawkins, said the Rev. Bea Thomas of Speights Chapel.

    She added that the health fair is planned for the benefit of families in the community.

  • OS’s Christmas in the City this weekend

    Oliver Springs’ Christmas in the City on Dec. 15 will kick off with a 3:30 p.m. opening ceremony at the Court of Flags on Hwy. 61.

    Lineup for the town’s annual Christmas parade starts at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park.

    The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed along Main Street.

    A turkey dinner and music starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Disabled American Veterans Building at 530 Kingston Ave.

    Tickets for the dinner are $10 each.

    Greg Johnson and Sharon Tarwater will provide music.

  • Babahatchie brings sounds of the season to the Princess

    Babahatchie Community Band’s Christmas concert will offer some traditional holiday favorites in what will be a new venue for the Harriman-based ensemble.

    “We will be at the Princess Theater,” said Babahatchie spokeswoman Alison Westrich. “The band is very excited to be able to play at the Princess again.”

    The free concert gets under way at 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Refreshments will be served during intermission for this special performance, which is dedicated to Hal and Margaret Jones.

  • Ridge View students trim winning REU Christmas tree

    Tammy Mullins’ first-grade class at Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, took first-place honors in Rockwood 2000’s Christmas-tree-decorating contest.

    Seven trees displayed in downtown buildings were decorated by Ridge View students participating in the contest.

    “The participation was truly in the spirit of Christmas and so well done that it was very hard for the judges to choose winners,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    The winning tree is on display in Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • Cox Outstanding Student for year at Tech Center

    Jodi Cox of Wartburg was recently chosen as Outstanding Student of the Year for Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.

    Cox was selected from a group of nine to represent the school for the 2012-13 school year.

    She is enrolled in the Computer Information Technology class and is a member of the Honor Society.

    Cox is an Easy tech associate with Staples of Oak Ridge. She is working on an internship through the school.