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Local News

  • TDEC grants make recycling easier in Roane County, towns

    Roane County’s new baler for recycling plastic has been online a short while, but it is still getting attention.

  • TVA: We’ve changed

    The ash piles that once were landmarks in the area around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant are no more.

    Six years of cleaning up one of the worst environmental disasters in history has the landscape looking much different.

    “If you come here in the spring, you’re going to see a nice green, grassy field there behind us,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “It certainly looks a lot different than it did before the spill — and it looks tremendously different than it did right after the spill.”

  • Unique birthday

    When Bailey Walker turned 11 this month, it fell on a special day that made his birthday especially unique.

    Bailey turned 11 on Dec. 13.

    That’s right, the Roane County youth turned 11 on 12/13/14.

    His grandfather John Walker said he didn’t appreciate how much people thought of the special day until he heard a news account.

    “You couldn’t get married in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge unless you had a reservation almost a year because everyone wanted to get married on 12/13/14,” Walker said.

  • Another robbery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 7 at the Rocky Top Market on Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build between 5 feet, 6 inches, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a white mask.

  • Familiar face as Rockwood rec chief?

    A former Rockwood athlete may be helming the city’s park and recreation department.

    Chase Clem will be considered at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 22.

    “That is what I’m going to recommend,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “He is a local boy who loves his community,” he added. “I think this is right down his alley.”

    The 24-year-old played football and baseball for Rockwood High School.

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  • Alleged machete robber nabbed

    Kingston police made an arrest in the machete-man holdup at a Kingston convenience store less than 24 hours after the robbery was reported.

    The machete-wielding suspect took cash and fled from the Exxon at 1007 E. Race St. Saturday.

    Thomas Joshua Branham, 33, 124 Waston Lane, Harriman, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a hotel at 1200 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

  • Key highway patrol officer has local ties

    A former Roane Countian has been promoted from major to lieutenant colonel supervising the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Field Operations Bureau.

    John Albertson has led the Special Investigations Bureau since 2011, having first served as a lieutenant and statewide commander of the Critical Incident Response Team. He has served in various assignments within the Criminal Investigations Division, including years as a narcotics investigator, according to a news release announcing his promotion.

  • AAA says record travel expected over Christmas holidays

    The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume on record.

    AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 4 percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 4.

    Highlights from Holiday Travel Forecast:

    •More than 89.5 million travelers (91 percent of total volume) will celebrate the holidays with a road trip, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2013

  • Living Christmas Tree