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  • Agency forces action after Watts Bar Unit 2 falsification

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Order to TVA, which agreed to a series of corrective actions regarding the falsification of work records at the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction project in 2010.

    An NRC investigation concluded that two subcontractor employees deliberately falsified documents indicating required work had been done when in fact it had not been. Both subcontractor employees were prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

  • Parents in custody

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death are in police custody.

    Officers escorted Matthew Dotson into the Roane County Jail around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Amanda Dotson was picked up in Cocke County. She was booked into the Roane County Jail around 10 p.m.

    The Dotsons were indicted for first-degree murder by the Roane County grand jury.

    Authorities said their son, Clifford, died of severe malnutrition.

  • FAST with the pigskin

    Madison Rossi-Dupas shows off her football skills at last week’s FAST Football Academy at Roane State.

    Madison was among the more than 50 children who attended the camp that was put on by area coaches Wiley Brackett, Brian Pankey and John Webb.

  • ‘Same as last year:’ No county property tax increase, and workers to get more in their paychecks

    Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year should give taxpayers and county employees a reason to feel good.

    There will be no increase in the property tax rates — and county workers are in line to get a 2-percent raise.

    The budget committee voted to recommend the raise at last Thursday’s meeting.

  • Kingston land owners to pay more next year

    It came in like a lion and left like a lamb — like March in the middle of June.

    After many long nights of accounting, some testiness and wrangling, and several meetings in which a few city residents (and a couple of non-residents) voiced their displeasure over a proposed 9-cent tax-rate increase,  Kingston City Council passed its budget appropriation for 2012-13 on second reading with hardly a ripple of protest.

    The passage brings Kingston’s property tax rate to $1.17 per $100 valuation.

  • Going Home: More than a year after fire, work finishing on church

    Kingston United Methodist Church members will soon return to their sanctuary for the first time since a fire damaged the building on April 30, 2011.

    The newly renovated sanctuary includes a new stained-glass front window. The chancel area, which was destroyed by the fire, has been rebuilt larger than before with expanded space for the choir, a grand piano and new organ.

    “It’s an exciting time,” said church member Judy Rose. “You just can’t believe how excited we are. It is kind of like a totally new beginning.”

  • DA suspends worker for campaign site signup

    Angie Vittatoe, an employee at the District Attorney General’s Office, was suspended for two days without pay last week for using an office computer to register a domain name for Roane County road superintendent candidate Dennis Ferguson.  

  • Girlfriend in the clear, for now

    The state elected earlier this week not to prosecute Tammy Ellen Rosado on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.
    The 43-year-old woman is not in the clear, however.
    Defense attorney Mike Ritter said he expects prosecutors to seek an indictment against his client with the Roane County grand jury.
    “I think there’s a good possibility that’s going to happen,” he said.
    Rosado allegedly shot her boyfriend, James R. Cobb, on April 4 at the couple’s home on Rosedale Avenue in Kingston.

  • Harriman again looking to grow into Midtown

    Harriman officials are moving forward with a plan for expanding the city’s boundaries into Midtown.
    Though officials are asking Harriman Regional Planning Commission to develop a plan of service for the Hwy. 70, they are stopping short at putting an annexation referendum on the ballot for August.
    “We think we’ve got four yeses and a whole bunch of people who don’t live in their houses,” said Harriman City Council member J.D. Sampson.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Case closed — feeling better about court system

    My mother loves watching court-type TV shows.
    She also loves keeping up with area legal cases — both criminal actions and lawsuits.
    Now and then, she will hear about a particularly outrageous lawsuit or a criminal case and call me in a tizzy about the allegations.
    “Wait a minute,” I sometimes tell her when she takes a side. “You haven’t heard all the facts yet.”
    Over my many years as a journalist, I have covered many a seemingly air-tight case, only to see it unravel in court.