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Today's News

  • Lawyer wants Jacobs lawsuit back in Roane

    Knoxville attorney John Dupree wants the lawsuit he filed on behalf of an ash spill cleanup worker back in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Dupree’s client, Corryton resident Bill Rose, is accusing Jacobs Engineering Group of causing him to contract leukemia by lying about the safety of fly ash at the TVA ash spill cleanup site in Roane County.

    The lawsuit, in which Rose is seeking $10 million, was filed in Roane County Circuit Court on Dec. 12.

    Jacobs had it moved to U.S. District Court in Knoxville last month.

  • Powerball ticket worth $50 million sold in Harriman

    The state’s newest millionaire could come from Roane County. According to the Tennessee Lottery, the winning ticket for Saturday’s $50 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Harriman.

    Tennessee Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock said the cash value of the winning ticket is approximately $33.5 million, meaning that’s how much the winner would receive if they take the prize in one lump sum.

    The winning ticket matched all six numbers drawn. 

  • UPDATE: Suspect, victim identified in shooting, standoff

    A shooting and hours-long standoff with law-enforcement officials on Saturday ended early in the evening without further incident.

    Roane County sheriff's deputies have taken Alex Gambrill, a former Lenoir City and TVA police officer, into custody.

    Gambrill is accused of shooting his former wife, Jenny Gambrill, during the incident that began at 142 Bridges Drive between Harriman and Oliver Springs.

    Jenny Gambrill was rushed to a trauma center and was reportedly in stable condition Saturday night, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • Rockwood softball falls just short of Oliver Springs

    Leading up to this year’s softball season, Oliver Springs’ Courtney Jones, a Tennessee Wesleyan College signee, and Rockwood’s Baylee Young were touted as two of the best pitchers in the county.

    On Wednesday, Jones and her Lady Cats got the best of the Lady Tigers, claiming an 8-0 victory to improve to 4-0.

    “We needed this,” Oliver Springs head coach Matt Headden said. “We needed to see some good pitching and good hitting and I think this game will help us out along the way.”

  • Rockwood softball falls just short of Oliver Springs

    Leading up to this year’s softball season, Oliver Springs’ Courtney Jones, a Tennessee Wesleyan College signee, and Rockwood’s Baylee Young were touted as two of the best pitchers in the county.
    On Wednesday, Jones and her Lady Cats got the best of the Lady Tigers, claiming an 8-0 victory to improve to 4-0.
    “We needed this,” Oliver Springs head coach Matt Headden said. “We needed to see some good pitching and good hitting and I think this game will help us out along the way.”

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Pancakes still a bargain at Kingston Lions breakfast

    In spring, thoughts turn to daffodils, tulips, forsythia — and pancakes.

    To satisfy the sweet tooth, the Kingston Lions Club has scheduled its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. March 28 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family center.

    The cost is the same as last year: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    The menu will again include pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

  • USDA statistics reveal 97 percent of all U.S. farms are family owned

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

    The latest data come from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, “What is a family farm?”

    “As we wrap up mining the 6 million data points from the latest Census of Agriculture, we used typology to further explore the demographics of who is farming and ranching today,” said Statistics Division Director Hubert Hamer.

  • State House ‘pre-meetings’ in secret, grow commonplace

    By ERIK SCHELZIG and LUCAS L. JOHNSON II • Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret “pre-meetings” to discuss pending legislation.

    The public isn’t informed or invited.

    No public notice is given for the time or location of the meetings held at odd hours by at least 10 of the 15 standing committees in the House.

  • Positive Peer Pressure: Oliver Springs Middle School P3 Club

    A group at Oliver Springs Middle School is working hard to build confidence in their fellow students.

    The Positive Peer Pressure Club — P3 Club for short — is an extension of the Roane County Antidrug Coalition.

    Its goal is “to eradicate bullying and to make positivity contagious,” said Jennifer Huckaby, the school counselor who serves as the club’s adviser.

    Huckaby works closely with Kris Hontz of the Antidrug Coalition and the students on projects to brighten the days of others.