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  • State: TVA having no impact on Watts Bar Lake water quality

    Dozens of residents and environmentalists from around the region filled the benches in a Roane County courtroom Thursday night for a public hearing on permitting for TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation permit for treating and discharging wastewater at the Kingston plant has currently expired.

    According to TDEC representatives at the meeting, TVA is in compliance with the rules but changes at the federal level have delayed the issuance of the permit.

  • Pursuit through Rockwood, Harriman ends with arrest

    Tennessee Highway Patrol and other departments pursued and later arrested a Harriman man Friday morning.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol incident report said Johnny Spears, 35, of Harriman, is charged with fleeing, seatbelt law and other traffic charges.

    Trooper Paul Dubroc reported he attempted to stop a 2001 Pontiac sedan on Hwy. 70 near Winters Loop Road for a seat belt violation.

    The driver refused to stop, and a pursuit was initiated.

    An E-911 call sheet indicates the trooper didn’t consider it a pursuit initially.

  • Attorney on 2nd lawsuit over ash spill

    Birmingham, Ala., attorney Jeff Friedman is joining the legal team suing Jacobs Engineering over its handling of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    “I will be filing a notice of appearance next week,” Friedman said Friday.

    The spill occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008. This month will mark nine years since the disaster, which released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

  • Pay part of reason to scrap boards

    Roane County Commissioners get paid $102.50 for committee meetings. District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis said the cost is another reason why he’s pushing to do away with the Commission committees that aren’t required by state law. 

    “If we have a once a month workshop and cut a lot of these committees out, it’s going to save the taxpayers a lot of money,” Ellis said. 

  • A piece of history, and it can be yours

    The oldest and most historic home in Roane County is for sale.

    Located on the corner of Cumberland and Kentucky streets in Kingston, directly across from the historic Roane County Courthouse, the more-than-200-year-old Col. Gideon Morgan House is a rare example of the Federal style.

    Priced at $399,000, the four-bedroom, one-bath home is a bargain considering its history, location and condition, said Kathy May-Martin, listing agent with Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates.

  • Harriman home rehab grants talk Tuesday

    Those needing assistance in rehabilitating their homes may want to learn about possible help at a public meeting to discuss the $500,000 in home grant funds the city of Harriman was given by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. 

    The meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • Chancellor: ‘Clean up half that mess’

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III had some stern advice for Helen Hayes on Thursday.

    “I tell people to stay out of court,” he said. “Don’t ever come to court because bad things happen to people when they come into a courtroom, and something bad is going to happen to you on Jan. 4 if you don’t clean up half that mess.”

    Williams is referring to the mess on the property that Hayes owns at 1812 Bluff Road, Harriman. 

  • New counsel for man charged with shooting at police

    A Harriman man charged with shooting at police in March 2016 is set to go to trial on July 26.

    Nathan Robert Manis, 29, also has a new attorney in Ian McCabe after Judge Jeff Wicks ruled in favor of attorney Mart S. Cizek’s motion to withdraw over a conflict of interest. 

    Cizek was the Police Benevolent Association representative for former Harriman officer Steve Hart while the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into the officer-involved shooting. 

  • County boards history?

    Some County Commission committees are required by state law.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis wants to do away with the ones that aren’t.

    Ellis and fellow District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson have filed a resolution for Monday’s regular meeting that calls for abolishing 24 Commission boards and committees.

    The idea, Ellis said, originated with Commission Chairman Ron Berry.

    “When he became chairman a few years ago, he made the comment that he would like for us to go to doing workshops,” Ellis said.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS

    For years many of the residents of Van Stowe Road have gone above and beyond to make their neighborhood one of the merriest places to be around the Christmas season.

    The unassuming road may not seem like Christmas central at first, but as you crest a hill and pass under a row of lighted archways you quickly find out the source of the nearby glow you were seeing, as numerous houses go all out with lights, inflatables, nativities and more.