Today's News

  • Plucked from the ice

    Neil Crass hadn’t used the boat he purchased last year.

    “I bought it to duck hunt in and had never gotten to take it out,” he said. “About two weeks ago I was thinking, why in the world did I buy this boat?”

    He’s not asking any more.

    Crass, his son, Hunter, and Blair Volunteer firefighter Larry Sather used the boat Saturday to rescue three boys who had fallen into the Emory River.

    The incident began around noon on Saturday in the area of 161 Lakewood Estates Lane.

  • TVA ash spill mediation gets extended again

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan has approved another extension in the TVA ash spill mediation. It’s the fourth time Varlan has done so since he ordered the sides into mediation on Nov. 20, 2012.

    The ash spill occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008. The spill released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

    TVA became a magnet for lawsuits after the disaster, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regards as one of the worst ever.

  • Now North Carolina is dealing with ash spill

    Officials with Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources were responding to a coal ash spill in Eden, N.C. Ash spilled into the Dan River.

    According to Duke Energy, a broken stormwater pipe at the retired Dan River Steam Station in Eden caused the breach.

  • After 50 years on board, McNelley steps down

    A longtime Rockwood planning commissioner and former Rockwood mayor has resigned from the Rockwood Board of Zoning and Planning Commission.

    He was put on the planning commission since shortly after World War II by Col. Clint H. Putman.

    “I worked with him to organize and put together the planning commission,” McNelley said. “It has been more than 50 years.”

    McNelley, 86, he decided to take a step back. He is continuing his role on the 911 board and his involvement in his church activities.

  • Changes for REU board mean former employees can serve

    Former employees can now sit on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to allow retirees or former employees to be on the board that oversees the utility’s operation, including its budget, and potentially issues that impact retirees or former employees themselves.

    City Council members believe it will give the board the benefit of the former employees’ knowledge and expertise.

  • GUEST OPINION: More free speech in the face of bigotry

    First Amendment CenterOne of the most difficult times for the public image of the First Amendment is when its protection for freedom of expression means sheltering speech that most people find offensive, degrading or vile.

  • Horsehead Corp. fines for emissions

    Horsehead Corp. in Rockwood was cited by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for exceeding its permitted emission limits in December.

    It was fined $500.

    Its emissions of cadmium and chromium were above those allowed under its initial permit.

    Horsehead officials contend the emissions are below what is required to be protective, and that TDEC is currently amending the permit, company officials said.

  • CMS opens TMSAA Sectional with wins

     Saturday was a great day for the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as both won opening round games in the TMSAA East Tennessee AAA Sectional in Sevierville.

    Cherokee’s girls entered the tourney as the No. 3 seed from Area 4 and pulled off a slight upset when they knocked off the No. 2 seed from Area 1, Vance Middle School, 40-37.

  • Cherokee teams advance to TMSAA Sectional


    With their season hanging in the balance, the Cherokee Lady Yellow Jackets knocked off Rhea Middle School, 42-40, Friday evening in the consolation game of the Area 4-AAA Tournament at Cherokee.

  • Road trip no fun for Patriots


    The Mount Pisgah Patriots and Lady Patriots traveled to upper East Tennessee Friday night to take on Tri-Cities Christian. The trip was not a good one as both squads suffered defeats.

    The Lady Patriots took the floor first and were knocked off by the Lady Eagles, 56-52.