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  • Second ash-spill trial called off

    An agreement between plaintiffs attorneys and TVA nullifies the need for a second ash spill trial in November.
    The parties agreed to adopt the record produced at the trial that concluded on Oct. 12.
    “It is the parties’ intent in entering into this stipulation to promote judicial economy, to avoid the expense of a lengthy trial on issues litigated in related proceedings, and to avoid the potential of inconsistent rulings,” a court filing on the agreement said.

  • Rockwood recall petitions issued

    Rockwood residents who want to see Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long ousted can now put their names on recall petitions for the two.
    The Roane County Election Commission approved the final wording of the petition at a special-called meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.
    Election administrator Charles Holiway made only one change to the petition other than what was recommended by the full commission — that was to add the Tennessee Code Annotated Section 2-5-151, which supersedes the city’s charter.

  • Burned-out house sparks action

    Carter Street residents troubled by the charred remains of a neighboring home will soon have their hopes answered.
    The Harriman City Council voted to demolish what is left of the structure at 316 Carter St., where fire more than a year ago heavily damaged the home.
    The building may be gone as soon as the end of the year, thanks to the vote last week.
    “It will make that neighborhood pretty happy down there,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.
    Neighbors had complained to council members about the home owned by Carolyn Daniels.

  • Oliver Springs’ October Sky Fall Festival is Saturday

    Oliver Springs is having its fifth October Sky Fall Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The festival plays off the popular movie of the same name, much of which was shot there.
    This year’s festival includes a 5K race, food and craft vendors, car and quilt shows, live music throughout the day, rocket launch, a historical tour of the town and a re-enactment of the infamous Pony Cash shootout.

  • Harriman officials hold ‘salty’ talk

    Harriman officials’ desire to consider going to brine, a liquid alternative to salt for icy roadways, was detoured when a decision on ordering salt turned out to be more pressing than realized.
    Harriman City Council voted to move forward with getting a contract for 100 tons of salt at its recent meeting.
    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said many area salt providers have already contracted out most of their salt supplies. Either the city would need to move fast to get a contract or go on a waiting list.

  • Dog rescue mixes family, community

    “Welcome to chaos,” Stephanie House, 64, said upon entering her and her husband John’s Dogwood Animal Rescue Monday afternoon.

    The House family has operated their rescue facility, a licensed foster program through Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee, from their home on Dogwood Road in Rockwood’s Ozone community for the past two years.

  • Ohio exotic animal mess gets Roane attention

    Emergency officials in one Ohio town had their hands full earlier this week after dozens of wild animals, including lions, tigers and bears, were let loose from a sanctuary.

    “These animals were on the move,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said during a press conference Wednesday. “They were showing aggressive behavior. Once the nightfall hit, our biggest concern was having these animals roaming.”

    Reports said the owner of the sanctuary let the animals out of their cages before shooting himself.

  • Man charged in fatal car accident

    Dylan Seth Headrick, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide.

    On June 20, Headrick, who was 19 at the time, was traveling north on Gateway Avenue near Jerry’s Bait Shop in Rockwood when he collided head-on with Rockwood resident Nancy Hill.

    LifeStar confirmed Hill dead while preparing to transfer her to medical facilities in Knoxville.

    Headrick was transported via LifeStar for a puncture wound.