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  • Winter continues its torment

    A man was found unresponsive on the side of Interstate 40 Monday afternoon. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton responded and called for an ambulance when he arrived at the scene.

    “I don’t know if he was suffering from frost bite, hypothermia or having a medical issue,” Stockton said. “It was hard to tell.”

    Stockton said they were eventually able to get the unresponsive man moving.

    “He may have been a transient,” Stockton said. “I’m not sure.”

  • Sheriff busy conducting safety checks

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he’s not sure how many welfare checks his office has conducted since last week’s bad weather hit, but “dozens and dozens” is a good estimate.

    “Luckily the rescue squad and OES and the road department have been helping us tremendously,” he said.

    On Feb. 19, the sheriff’s office posted a message on its Facebook page letting the public know deputies would be happy to do a welfare check on anyone who was without power or at risk due to the cold weather.

  • Man beaten with tree clippers

    A Harriman man was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center earlier this month with a fractured skull he suffered in an alleged assault.

    Kingston police charged Joshua Morgan, 23, with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary in the incident. Morgan allegedly used “a pair of long-handled tree clippers” to beat Matthew Honeycutt.

    The incident happened at 814 S. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

    Honeycutt was found laying in the front yard bleeding when police arrived.

  • Little left to be done after 2008 ash spill

    Cleanup of one of the worst environmental disasters in the country has ever seen continues to wind down in Swan Pond.

    Craig Zeller, remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said an inspection was conducted at the TVA ash spill site on Jan. 29. The final inspection is expected to occur this spring.

    “We have a few loose ends,” Zeller said.

  • Another huge cleanup in Roane County

    The cleanup of TVA’s massive coal ash spill is winding down near Kingston this year, but another massive effort is gearing up in the northeast corner of Roane County.

    Federal officials are down to the last cell in a Bear Creek Road landfill set aside for the demolition of contaminated K-25 buildings on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Another record for TVA production

    Arctic temperatures that averaged in single digits across much of the Tennessee Valley on Thursday, Feb. 19, resulted in record electricity demand of 694 gigawatt-hours for the 24-hour period.

    That’s the most energy ever required over a one-day period during February in Tennessee Valley Authority history and the third most overall for a 24-hour period.

    The all-time one-day record occurred last year when demand reached 703 gigawatt-hours on Jan. 7.

  • Closings, Cancellations and Reschedules

    Feb. 27
    Closings and Cancellations
    • Roane County Schools

  • No school in Roane County on Wednesday

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said it's unlikely the system will have school on Wednesday, but officials will wait until around 3 p.m. to decide for sure.

  • OES truck in crash

    A Roane County Office of Emergency Services vehicle was involved in a crash earlier this month.

    It happened in Harriman near the Dollar General Market on Feb. 13.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash because it involved a county vehicle. That’s common in those situations.

    The county vehicle was a 2008 Ford F15 driven by OES employee John Rayburn. The other vehicle was a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 88-year-old Josephine Smith of Harriman.

  • Weather won’t affect tax deadline

    People shouldn’t look for an extension on the amount of time they have to pay property taxes because of bad weather.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said the deadline is still Feb. 28.

    “I guess we’re going to have to watch the weather, but the taxes will become delinquent March 1,” she said. “That’s what the state says.”

    Eblen said she’s basing that on past experience.