Today's News

  • ‘Just Say No’ balloon release Nov. 9

    Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

    The event will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

  • Kingston First Baptist accepting applications for Christmas baskets

    Kingston First Baptist Church will accept applications for Christmas basket assistance for the Kingston and Harriman areas next week.

    Applications will be taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13, as well as from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14.

    All applications will be accepted in Kingston First Baptist Church at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    Applicants must provide either photo identification or two forms of identification.

    They must also provide proof of address and proof of income.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Now they’ve got it, what will they do with it?

    Nirvana, gentle reader. As you well know, nirvana is a state of bliss, of happiness, free of pain, want, or other concerns normal to human existence. It has always seemed unlikely that we should ever achieve or experience this state of complete contentment, but, come New Year’s Day, no doubt we will, for that is the day that the great Republican Upheaval becomes operative and the winners in Tuesday’s election triumph assume their various offices in the state and national government.

  • New mayor for Oliver Springs

    Oliver Springs voters decided to make some big changes.

    Mayor Chris Hepler will be going out of office, and he'll be replaced by newcomer Jerry Vann, who owns Vann's Auto Parts.

    “I appreciate the voters that came out and voted for me. Hopefully, we can get some good things done for the city,” Vann said.

    “It is all about the citizens. It is not about the town council,” he added.

    Vann has a family history of public office, but this is his first time seeking a seat.

  • Oliver Springs manager suddenly calls it quits

    Oliver Springs Manager Tina Treece resigned 24 hours after an election in which a new mayor and two new aldermen were elected.

    The Roane County News could not reach Treece for comment.

    Newly elected mayor Jerry Vann said he was surprised about the resignation. He said a rumor had been swirling that he was going to fire her.

    “I never said to anybody I was going to fire her,” said Vann.

    He said he’d spoken no more than five or six words to Treece in the time she’s been manager.

  • Ash spill containment cell near closure

    Work on the ash spill cleanup project is expected to continue into next year, but a major undertaking appears to be over.

    “The cell is essentially closed out,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said last month.

    Zeller was referring to the 240-acre containment cell where spilled ash is being permanently stored onsite. In March, TVA announced that it had finished construction of an earthquake-resistant, underground retaining wall around the cell. Attention then shifted to capping and covering the cell.

  • Woody addresses TVA board in Nashville

    One of Roane County Executive Ron Woody’s first acts as president of the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments was addressing the TVA Board of Directors during its quarterly meeting in Nashville on Thursday.

    Woody said he touched on a number of things during the three minutes he was allowed to speak.

  • Car seat checks
  • Miller back as Rockwood mayor

    Rockwood overwhelmingly returned former Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller back into the position Tuesday night.

    “I just want to thank everyone that went out and voted, period, but especially for those that voted for me,” said Miller.

    Miller, who was last mayor in 2009, was term-limited from seeking any city office until this election.

    Unofficial vote tallies show Miller garnered 657 votes, 298 more than contender Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who opted to run for mayor instead of re-election to a council seat.


    Kingston voters decided incumbent mayor Troy Beets has had enough time in office.

    Beets, who was first elected in 2005, lost his bid for a third term to Councilman Tim Neal, who will be taking the reins Dec. 1.

    “I really appreciate everyone coming out and voting. One of the reasons we, as a city council, changed the election day to coincide with the federal and state election was to get more people out to vote, and it did,” said Neal.