Today's News

  • Janelle Arthur to perform for first Carmichael School banquet Aug. 16

    The Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will host its inaugural banquet on Aug. 16 in the New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur, a top 5 finalist in the 2013 season of FOX-TV’s “American Idol,” will give a musical performance for the event that benefits the organization in her hometown.

    The doors open at 5 p.m., and nearly 400 guests are expected to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live auction, dinner and entertainment.

  • It’s a good time to stock up Teachers Supply Closet

    For 12 years, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the Teachers Supply Closet to benefit the teachers and students in Roane County.

    “The Supply Closet is one of the Chamber’s most popular programs,” said Fran Puckett, chairwoman of the Chamber committee which heads up the annual effort.

    “The Supply Closet supports the county’s educational efforts and it is a program that everyone can take an active role in supporting,” she added.

    “Every donation is greatly appreciated.”

  • Justices stump in Roane for retention

    Two of the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in a tough fight for retention were on the stump in Roane County last week.

    Justices Cornelia “Connie” Clark and Sharon Lee said they visited the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston on July 31 to bring their case to the people.

    “We’re in a fight to preserve fair and impartial courts in Tennessee and I know the folks in Roane County want to preserve fair and impartial courts in their county, so we just want to spread that message,” Lee said.

  • More than 15 charged in plot to make meth

    More than a dozen Roane County residents have been charged in a methamphetamine conspiracy.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on July 16.

  • TVA settling coal ash suits for $27.8 million

    A resolution has been reached to resolve the litigation over the TVA ash spill.

    Sixty-three lawsuits encompassing more than 850 plaintiffs were pending against the agency in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

    Under the mediated global resolution, TVA will pay $27.8 million to the clerk of the federal court.

    The clerk will disburse $25.5 million to attorneys for the plaintiffs. The remaining $2.3 million is to be retained by the clerk for further disbursement orders of the court.

  • Ambulances flunk state inspection

    Two Roane County ambulances failed inspection on July 24.

    The inspections were conducted by the Tennessee Department of Health.

    “Outside rear tires are slick and left will not even measure tread,” the inspection report on Unit 502 said.

    Scott Stout, acting director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, said the problem was quickly corrected and the ambulance was back on the road in less than an hour.

  • No tax increase needed to fund Harriman budget

    Harriman City Council will have its first reading of the city’s 2014-15 budget at the regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The proposed budget will not include a property tax increase — but it will also not include a lot of bells and whistles, either.

    “The only thing I can see us doing as far as this budget is concerned is pretty much operating as we have the last 10 or 12 years and try to maintain that,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt last week.

  • Rockwood workers’ investments not made, made deals for repay

    A handful of longtime Rockwood employees were supposed to have money taken from their paychecks to be invested with Security Benefits.

    That never happened.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans took Rockwood officials to task for being told she could not know the amounts — because the funds were personal to be invested for individuals, not city funds.

  • Hotel study OK’d

    Can Rockwood support a hotel?

    Officials mean to find out, and they’ve agreed to hire Dimond Hotel Consulting Group to do a market and economic feasibility study.

    They believe a successful study is key to prove to any potential business person it would work.

    “I support doing a feasibility study because I’d like to have an outside opinion on whether we need to hush about getting a hotel or whether we have an opportunity to get a hotel,” said Mayor James Watts.