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  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Serving those who sacrificed

    Roane County native Matt Cofer has one of the most important jobs in the U.S. Armed Services.

    He is responsible for honoring our military serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 2013 Rockwood High School graduate is a member of an elite unit stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, formerly Fort Myer, Va., home of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Lake Weeds BLIGHT or BENEFICIAL?

    If there is one thing that all sides of the lake weed issue seem to agree on it’s that the problem — if there is a problem — needs to be studied carefully before any action is taken.

    “We do know there is a problem and we’re trying to learn more,” County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said last Monday.

    County Commissioner Carolyn Granger, a member of the county Environmental Review Board, told the commission that a workshop where more information will be presented on weeds is scheduled February 6.

  • Clinch reactor under review

    From staff reports

    TVA’s small modular reactor aspirations have gotten a boost. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced last week that it will review the agency’s Early Site Permit application for its Clinch River site.

    “We are pleased with this development,” TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said. “This means that the NRC staff will now begin its technical review of TVA’s Early Site Permit application for potential construction and operation of SMRs at the Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge.”

  • Fired up by facilities tour
  • ACT scores fall short of lotto benchmark by more than half

    A composite score of 21 on the ACT is one of the requirements for qualifying for the HOPE Scholarship.

    Less than half of students attending Roane County Schools achieved that score during the 2015-16 school year, according to the State Report Card.

    The data released last month showed the percentage of students who scored at least a 21 on the ACT was 41.2 percent.

  • Drought help available to Roane farmers

    Roane and Loudon counties have been approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from the 2016 drought.

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency is accepting applications through Feb. 1, said FSA Executive Director, Sandi Childs.

    Approved ECP practices under this authorization include emergency water solutions for livestock due to the 2016 drought.

    FSA administers the Program to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to predisaster conditions.

  • Margrave Bridge work underway

    From staff reports

    The replacement of Harriman’s Margrave Bridge is expected to be completed by Oct. 23.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation construction bid was awarded to Jones Bros. Inc. Work on the project began on Sept. 22, 2016.

    “Currently the contractor has cleared the site; installed new storm drain piping and drain structures; and is performing grading operations on Margrave and Queen streets,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. “Also, construction of bridge foundation structures is beginning.”

  • ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATION
  • Five injured in Rockwood wreck

    Five people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash early last Thursday.

    The wreck, called in at 4:23 a.m., was at the former Exxon gas station on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    “It was a single vehicle vs. a sign pole,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

    The injured were driver Charles Haga, 30, of Rockwood; passenger Shannon Sherrill, 23, of Westel; and three children younger than 3.