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  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: It’s up to us to protect our water

    A public hearing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Roane County Courthouse General Sessions Courtroom, with regard to a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation permit for the TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant.

    The permit would allow TVA to discharge cooling water, process wastewater and storm water runoff from the Kingston plant. TDEC staff will be collecting oral and written comments from the public. There will also be a question-and-answer session starting at 6.


    A new owner lovingly cares for a historic and iconic Victorian home that towers over the historic Cornstalk Heights community.

    The home that Ed and Mariann D’Alessandro poured their love and memories into now belongs to Renka Santos and her cousin Joel Self.

    “You complement this house so much. This is what the home was meant to be like. I think Mariann would be going bonkers over this house,” said Ed D’Alessandro.

    D’Alessandro sold the house this year after the death of Mariann at 73.

  • Man accused of running over cop gets July trial date

    Kingston Police Sgt. Jerry Singleton used a walking cane in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    The injured sergeant was attending a status hearing for the man accused of running him over, Henry Nicholas Brown.

    “Both the state and public defender announced they would not be able to reach an agreement for guilty plea,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    With no deal in place, the case was tentatively set for trial on July 24.

  • Driver injured in Christmas Eve ’15 police shooting pleads to assault

    The man shot by a police officer on Christmas Eve pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Joshua McDaniel Scarlett was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and evading arrest. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. The remaining two charges were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

  • Roane jail deficiencies on TCI board agenda

    Overcrowded and understaffed. That was the Tennessee Corrections Institute’s take during two inspections of the Roane County Jail this year.

    “It’s a problem for every county in the state of Tennessee,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Roane County thought it had solved its problem when it opened the nearly $10 million jail in 2009. Two years after opening the facility was already dealing with overcrowding issues. The problem hasn’t gotten better.

  • Rockwood deputy chief back at RCSO

    Rockwood Deputy Chief John Mayes is slipping back into a familiar role.

    He is returning to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office as investigator, a role he filled for several years until he came to Rockwood earlier this year.

    “It is just to better me financially,” said Mayes.

    Mayes, who joined the Rockwood Police Department in May of this year, said he’ll miss serving his hometown.
    Mayes said he first started in law enforcement as a patrolman for Rockwood.

  • OS man accused of sending porn to teen

    An Oliver Springs man is accused of sending a pornographic video to a 13-year-old girl in October.

    Chester Phillips, 52, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Oliver Springs Police Officer John Carr investigated the incident.

    According to the warrant, Carr was notified about the pornographic video by the girl’s mother.

    After talking to the mother, Carr tracked down Phillips to speak with him about the allegations.

  • Mega school too big for RSCC sites

    The Roane County Board of Education’s plan to build a new consolidated high school is still alive.

    The architectural firm the board hired to put it together gave an update last month.

    “Currently we are evaluating a number of sites adjacent to Roane State Community College as was directed by the school board,” said Richard Foster, director of design for Lewis Group Architects. “All of them are smaller than I think typical, but we’re looking to kind of maximize efficiency and see what we can fit on there.”

  • Rockwood floats hope for lakeside developer

    Rockwood officials have been trying for years to develop 55 acres on Watts Bar Reservoir deeded to the city in the 1950s.

    They now are working with Knoxville-based Blue Ridge Development LLC., who wants a ground lease of the property to have amenities such as a marina, park for recreational vehicles, and other activities.

    “I have been dealing with a developer really interested in developing our lakefront property,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Have yourself a Mary little Christmas