Today's News

  • Make train ride part of tradition at Thanksgiving

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has the answer for what to do after celebrating the traditional Thanksgiving holiday: Celebrate the tradition of 1940's era rail travel.

    The museum will roll out its vintage Secret City Scenic Excursion train on Nov. 23-24 for one-hour rides through the former Manhattan Project K-25 Site and picturesque Poplar Creek Valley.

  • Roane County Park recipient of $50,000 state grant

    Roane County Park is the recipient of a $50,000 state grant to remove and replace existing playground equipment with ADA-compliant equipment.

    “Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. “This grant will update our equipment and help ensure that all children
    have access to the playground.”

    Roane County Park was among 50 recipients across the state that received part of $6.9 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 7

    25 Years Ago
    Veterans organizations joined together at the courthouse for a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Roane County’s war dead. The brief ceremony ended with a salute and the playing of taps.

    10 Years Ago
    After months of compelling and sometimes volatile debates, 57 percent of Roane Countians voted yes on a ballot referendum which would clear the way for a state lottery. Most other counties followed suit, thus lifting the constitutional ban on a lottery.

  • General Sessions Court: Aug. 17-24, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 17 — Clyde G. Thompson, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Corey A. Lee, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Tyler H. Paradis, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Richard S. Berry, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Bill Jones, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Property Transfers: Aug. 29-Sept. 11, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Aug. 29-Sept. 11:
    • From Michael T. Johnston, Kristi L. Perau and Thomas S. Johnston Estate to Betty F. Johnston by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, 20 acres, Loudon Road, $0.

    • From Melissa A. Kirkland to Anthony F. Kirkland by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, River Oaks, Lot 18 and 18R, $0.

    • From Wanda S. Smith and Wanda S. Presley to Wanda S. Smith by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Post Oak Farms, Lot 10 and 9, $10.

  • Arrests: Oct. 24-Nov. 4, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 24 — Sherrod Avery Thomas, 30, 239 Manhattan Ave., Oak Ridge: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Nov. 5.

    • Eruviel Pacheco Quezada, 21, 1835 1/2 Broadway Blvd. Albuquerque, N.M.: DUI, violation implied consent law. Total bond $7,500; court date Dec. 3.

  • GUEST OPINION: Cheerleaders, biblical banners get day in court

    First Amendment Center
    In Kountze, Texas, there’s not much daylight between God and football on Friday nights.

    That’s why most fans in the stands cheer loudly when the cheerleaders hoist banners with biblical verses for the football team to crash through as they take the field every week.
    Most, but not all.

  • Residents respond to ash cleanup

    Roane County residents directly impacted by the 2008 catastrophic release of 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash, expressed their disappointment in TVA’s most recent clean up plan.

    Last month, many of them submitted comments on TVA’s latest plan to clean up the fly ash that still remains in the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers.

  • Johnson to head TVA on Jan. 1

    TVA will soon have a new chief.

    William D. Johnson, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy Inc., will become president and CEO of the $11 billion federal agency effective Jan. 1.

    This week the TVA Board of Directors announced that Johnson, 58, will succeed Tom Kilgore, 64, who has served as TVA’s first president and CEO since 2006.

  • City debates leftover TVA funds

    Rockwood officials will be voting Thursday on what they would like to do with the remainder of the TVA funds they have to request through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

    Mayor James Watts said the city has several projects to consider for the more than $600,000 left.

    One of them involves  giving several hundred thousand dollars to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas department to deal with infiltration into the water and sewer systems and for line replacement.