Today's News


    After a lot of discussion and back and forth, the Roane County Commission passed an 11-cent increase in the property tax rate during a special-called meeting on Monday.

    “The recommendation out of Budget Committee passed both on the appropriation and tax resolution as submitted,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Jail overcrowding remains problem

    Despite a population well above its certified capacity, an inspector with the Tennessee Corrections Institute had some positive comments about the Roane County Jail during a recent review.

    “The chief deputy, captain, lieutenant and staff are to be commended on maintaining a clean facility and were very professional during the inspection process,” William R. Kane wrote in his report.

    “I’m proud of the employees,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “Keeping the place clean and keeping order.”

  • TVA fly ash, gypsum doesn’t all end up in landfill

    Not all of the fly ash and gypsum produced at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant ends up in a landfill.

    “Here at Kingston, about 65 percent of the fly ash goes to make concrete and other uses,” TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash said. “About 40 percent of the gypsum is redirected for beneficial use in manufacturing drywall, wallboard.”

    Lyash said you may see it and not even know it.

  • Dr. Bass to speak at Children’s Museum benefit

    The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will host a benefit presentation this fall by Dr. William “Bill” Bass, author, renowned forensic anthropologist, and founder of the “Body Farm,” the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at the University of Tennessee.

    Bass will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Museum, discussing the science behind the novel “Bones of Betrayal,” set in Oak Ridge, and answering questions from the audience.

  • Obed healthy hike Aug. 9

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be offering a healthy hike along the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail on Friday, Aug. 9.

    Participants will get a chance to view several different sandstone rock formations as well as the spectacular confluence of the Obed and Emory river junction.

    Those interested are asked to meet the park ranger at the Nemo day-use area parking lot at 10 a.m. (ET) for this two and one-half mile hike. Please also wear sturdy shoes. This program should conclude by noon.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Finding jail alternative is not an easy task

    It looks like Roane County will have to wait a bit longer for the opportunity to improve the school system.

    Virtually all the funding requests of the school board, from building new schools to increasing the number of advanced courses, have been rejected by the Roane County Commission.

    Discussion of funding for the new jail has taken over as a priority for the county commission.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: What makes someone really an American?

    By Mark Banker

    “Who is an American?”

    This is our nation’s most unique, fundamental and controversial question.

    “We the people” has broadened considerably since the Republic’s founding. But advances on that front often spurred negative reactions from citizens who felt threatened by new, fellow “Americans.”

    We are now in an era of reaction.

    Our president’s recent Twitter tirade against four young Congresswomen of color fanned the flames of controversy.

  • Seniors bowling big scores weekly


    JULY 26

    First High Game - Beverly Zeilman, Harold Zeilman 462

    Second High Game - Sylvia Whitehouse, Harold Zeilman 405

    Third High Game - Connie Milhollon, Rick Alderfer 475

    High Scores Friday - Rick Alderfer 231 game

    High Series for Friday - Diane Moore, Rick Alderfer 1317

    High Series for June - Diane Moore, Rick Alderfer 1317

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 166, Rick Matthews 182

  • New shooting park opens Aug. 1

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    The Crossville Shooting Sports Park, located just north of I-40 on Albert Frye Road, will open Aug. 1 with a ribbon cutting ceremony held at 2 p.m.

    A joint effort between the TWRA and the Crossville Shooting Sports Park, a nonprofit organization promoting shooting sports for all ages, this park consists of over 150 acres.