Today's News

  • Y-12 not the fortress some had hoped for

    Perception that the Y-12 National Security Complex was impenetrable turned out to be just that — perception.
    Three protesters, one of whom was an 82-year-old woman, debunked the notion on July 28 when they made their way through the plant’s vaunted security and gained access to the area surrounding the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.
    “It’s always been thought to be pretty much impenetrable,” Oak Ridge City Councilwoman Ellen Smith said. “This reduces people’s confidence in the security situation out there.”

  • County wants alerts about Y-12 breaches

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he hopes to be notified about security breaches at the Y-12 National Security Complex in the future. Three protesters made their way into a protected area at the complex during the early morning hours of July 28.
    A special report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Inspector General called the security breach unprecedented, but Woody and Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said they learned about the incident through news reports.

  • Man hurt in motorcycle wreck in Kingston

    An accident involving a car and a motorcycle sent a Rockwood man to the hospital Thursday morning.
    Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said Joseph Vought, 63, was riding east on Hwy. 70 when he was struck by a 1989 Honda Prelude. Nelson said Vought landed in the westbound lane after traveling 36 feet through the air.
    Vought, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by ambulance. Nelson said he suffered head and hip injuries.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Riding the wave of short beach vacation

    Labor Day weekend is but a memory now, but for me, it is a good memory.
    On our four-day weekend, Derek and I hit the road to Florida. I lived for a few years on the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina, but had never been to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
    With Hurricane Isaac looming, he and I oscillated between going and staying.
    As the hurricane made landfall to the west, we realized we’d have better weather in Pensacola than East Tennessee.

  • Births: July 14-30, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    July 14 — Jheri-Ann Ezell, Harriman. A boy, Izaiah Alexander, 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Sibling: Jacob. Grandparents: Ann Ezell; Jerry Ezell.

    July 20 — Taylor Reese, Kingston. A boy, Bentley Michael Scott.

    July 21 — Nikki and Timothy Billings, Harriman. A boy, Kameron, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Siblings: Logan, Ryley and Trinity.

  • Marriage licenses: July 12-Aug. 28, 2012

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from July 12-Aug. 28:

    Jeffrey Alan Glasgow to Brenda Gail Townsend Wolfe

    Elmer Garrell Bailey to Sandra Jean Kelley McCuistion

    Jonathan Adam Mitchell to Jennifer Michelle McIlwain Hill

    Jordan Paul Williams to Jennifer Lee Smith

    Jonathan Derrick Grizzell to Kristen Deetta Layne Jackson

    Jon Elliott Cagle to Tijuana Jo Ford Rockwell

    Charles Edward Taylor to Amelia Erin Keller

  • General Sessions Court: July 18-23, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 18 — Samantha H. Lowe, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Geoffrey H. Wallwork Jr., speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    July 19 — Ronald W. Hendrix, probation violation. Recalled arrest process.

    • Ronald Hendrix, probation violation. Recalled arrest process.

  • Arrests: Aug. 21-25, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 21 — Matthew Benjamin Abston, 20, 741 Montview Road, Kingston: DUI, driving on revoked/suspended license. Total bond $3,000; court date Oct. 29.

    • Darrell Norman Burnette, 32, 115 Renfro Hollow Road, Ten Mile: violation of probation (criminal). No bond; court date Oct. 22.

  • Roane County E-911 August dispatches
  • Tennessee Tech applauds Griffin, Kelley

    Two area Tennessee Technological University students have recently received prestigious honors.

    The students honored are Robert Griffin of Ten Mile and Jacob Kelley of Rockwood.

    Griffin is among 200 students nationwide to be named a Tau Beta Pi Scholar.

    He is the first Tennessee Tech student to receive the honor, which includes a scholarship to help fund his education.