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  • TVA Clinch reactor discussions planned

    From staff reports

    Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be in Oak Ridge this month to discuss the application process for nuclear power plants.

    TVA is looking to use small modular reactors at its Clinch River Site in Roane County, and may file an early site permit application with the NRC in May.

  • Touch on church bus results in rape charge

    Authorities say a Rockwood man did not deny touching two young girls and forcing them to touch him while both were aboard a church bus earlier this month.

    Larry Lynn Allison, 18, 124 N. Douglas Ave., has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and rape of a child.

    According to Rockwood Police Department’s affidavit of complaint, a 9-year-old girl told her parents that while riding on an Oliver Springs’ Mount Pisgah Baptist Church bus that “Larry” had touched her genitals and forced her to grab his genitals.

  • Comcast pays REU, but still owes $234,187

    Cable giant Comcast has recently paid a portion of a $384,910.06 outstanding bill with Rockwood Electric Utility, but it still owes more than a quarter of a million dollars, according to officials.

    REU General Manager Kendall Bear confirmed this week that Comcast had sent in a $150,722.46 payment in mid-March.

  • Buffet, wine served at Diners Against Drugs Sunday event

    Leadership Roane County will be raising money for WestCare 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Gloria Jean’s Fine Southern Provisions in Kingston.

    The group is hosting what is described as its first “Diners against Drugs” event at a cost of $50 per person.

    For that donation, which will go entirely to WestCare, patrons will be treated to a buffet provided by the restaurant, wine provided by Larry Kornacki and special music by Mike Shannon of The River Sharks.

  • Divorce latest Rocky Houston court appeal

    Certain rules have to be followed when filing an appeal.

    According to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Rocky Houston failed to follow them, so the court threw out the appeal he filed in his divorce case.

    Rocky and Nancy Houston were married on June 22, 1984.

    She filed for divorce on March 31, 2014, less than two weeks after Rocky was found guilty in federal court of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

    She cited irreconcilable differences and said Rocky had been convicted of a crime “that would render him infamous.”

  • Man charged with groping teen Harriman store clerk

    A teenage cashier at the Food City in Harriman was groped inside the store on March 13, according to police.

    Carl Poland, 62, is charged with sexual battery in the incident.

    According to the warrant, he went up to the cashier and started stroking her hair.

    “Then he made sexual contact with her buttocks with his hand for sexual gratification without the consent of the victim,” the warrant said. “I did see a security camera video of this offense prior to arresting Mr. Poland.”

    Poland was released on a $3,000 bond.

  • State’s top court gives right to appeal

    Litigation over the 2014 race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge will continue.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court granted Tom McFarland’s request to appeal a lower court decision that tossed out his election complaint.

    McFarland and Mike Pemberton were the only candidates in the circuit court judge race, which Pemberton won by 343 votes.

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  • No permits needed for Kingston boat slips at 58 Landing

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling admits that the city has not applied for any permits to place 18 boat slips at Hwy. 58 Landing.

    That’s because neither TVA nor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires them — at least not where the slips are to be placed.

    “We don’t need permits,” he said. “We still have an existing permit in place.”

    He is referring to an approved permit for a riverboat that was docked at that same location in the mid-2000s.

    “We are in absolute compliance,” he added.