Today's News

  • CNS repeats at EPEAT Purchaser Awards

    Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC was recently recognized as a five-star EPEAT winner for its leadership in procurement of sustainable information technology products at Y-12 National Security Complex.

    The purchaser award is given annually by the Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT ecolabel.

  • Roane State building named after Yager

    By Bob Fowler

    Roane State staff writer

    One of the first buildings constructed on Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus has been renamed in honor of a lifelong public servant who is now a state senator.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved the community college’s request to rename the 41-year-old Technology Building the Ken Yager Building.

  • Rockwood changes to Cigna health insurance

    By Richard Evans

    Following a resolution adopted by the Rockwood City Council Monday evening, city employees will have a new health insurance provider starting Aug. 1.

    Council accepted a proposal from Cigna Local Plus over the proposal submitted by current provider, United Health Care.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller noted that the new plan is more expensive than anticipated.

    “We put aside 10 percent [over last year’s budget] and it wasn’t enough,” he said.

  • Commission trains on new electronic voting system

    The Roane County Commission received training on its new electronic voting and iPad system last week.

    “I love it,” Commissioner Shannon Hester said.

    Instead of paper copies, the information commissioners need for the meetings, such as agendas, committee minutes and resolutions, will be available on the iPads.

    Each commissioner will have one. Officials said that should cut down on copy and postage costs.

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  • Roane buys time on TVA lawsuit

    The attorneys representing Roane County and the cities of Harriman and Kingston aren’t ready to respond to the motions to dismiss filed by TVA and Jacobs Engineering Group.

    The deadline was July 12, but they sought and received more time.

    “Defendants (Jacobs and TVA) have filed motions to dismiss, to which plaintiffs have requested additional time to respond,” an order signed by U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said.

  • Pair take on TDEC

    Two Roane County residents are waiting to hear the outcome of a petition they filed against the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for its handling of a concrete spill.

    “TDEC didn’t do its job,” Jack Farmer alleges.

    “The theme is broken promises,” Glynna White added.

    Farmer lives near a concrete plant operated by Twin K Enterprises on Poland Hollow Road. Farmer and White allege TDEC hasn’t done enough to make Twin K remove concrete that spilled on Farmer’s property and impacted a stream.

  • Sex offender law gets put on hold

    A temporary restraining order barring the state from enforcing a new law that deals with sex offenders is still in place.

    The new law makes it a felony for a sex offender to live with his or her minor child if the sex offender was convicted of a sex crime involving an unrelated child under the age of 12.

    The law took effect July 1. However, several Nashville attorneys filed a complaint against Gov. Bill Lee, TBI Director David Rausch and Department of Correction Commissioner Tony C. Parker in federal court in Nashville.

  • Going With the Flo: We must support Trump’s efforts in national defense

    By Flo Charles

    In reference to the importance of quoting historical figures, I totally agree!

    That’s why I have so many books of history in my library and home school history books that were written before our history was rewritten.

    I spend many hours searching meticulously before I share.

    Hopefully, the intent wasn’t “… if we don’t like the message, discredit the character and credibility of the messenger.” The quote is the focus!

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Col. Isham, our McCarroll kin did the family proud

    Gentle reader, we saw in the paper that June was, in fact, the hottest month globally since records have been kept. We suspect that this month may set an identical record for July, but we’ll have to wait and see.