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  • Christmas trash aftermath

    The ribbons and paper that once adorned the presents beneath Christmas trees are no longer quite so lovely.

    They’ve been making their way to the Roane County convenience centers and Roane County Recycling Center as the remnants of packaged toys, gift wrap and more are thrown away.

    “We have a lot every year,” said Ralph Stewart, Roane County Solid Waste coordinator.

    This year, extra containers were placed at the convenience centers because of the sheer amount of trash.

  • Man dies after I-40 accident

    A Cookeville man who was being treated for injuries sustained during an Interstate 40 accident Saturday morning had a heart attack and later died.

    According to preliminary reports, Jack Craig, 79, had the heart attack while being treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center for his injuries.

    Jack Craig and driver, Norma Craig, 70, were extracted from the 2014 Cadillac XLU after the two-vehicle collision near Gallaher Road.

    They were taken by ambulance to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Grant unlikely for storm drain issues

    Harriman officials were eying a Community Development Block Grant for a significant project to repair the city’s aging storm drains.

    However, Evan Sanders, from Community Development Partners, who does the grant preparation and administration for Harriman Utility Board’s CDBG grants, explained that storm drains would likely be low on the priority list.

    “About 85 percent goes to water and sewer projects. That is the primary focus,” Sanders said.

  • Hands of Mercy opening Harriman site

    Hands of Mercy in Kingston has never served exclusively Kingston.

    The food pantry, which has been headquartered in Kingston for a number of years, recently acquired a new building in Harriman.

    The Harriman building, at 421 Devonia St., will serve as a satellite office.

    “I’m really hoping our presence in Harriman will make people realize we are in Kingston, but we’re not just a Kingston entity,” said Sharon Pinner, the food pantry’s director.

    “We serve all of Roane County.”

  • Kingston education leaders mourned

    The community is remembering Jess Plemons and Joe Woody, two local residents who passed away recently.   

    “I am sad at the news of the passing of two Roane County stalwarts, Jess Plemons and Joe Woody,” state Sen. Ken Yager said. “These two men have made many enviable contributions to Roane County and will be sorely missed.”

    Plemons passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20. He was 83. During his career in education he served as a teacher, football coach and Roane County school superintendent.

  • Hearing site too hard to find?

    A community organizing group is demanding the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation hold another public hearing on TVA’s application for a permit modification of its Class II landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “We’ve got letters out to the governor and we’ve got phone calls in to TDEC,” Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Board President Patrick Morales said.

    “We want a public hearing that’s not happening during the Christmas season.”  

  • Rockwood seeks federal grant to pave Airport Road

    To pave or not to pave.

    Rockwood City Council balked at paying for the paving of their portion of Airport Road back in November, when bids were considered and the lowest bid was in the $20,000 range.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he and Public Works Director Hugh O’Dell went up to the roadway when state officials were on site and were told they could get a federal safety grant with a 10-percent match.

    He estimates the city portion would be $5,000 if the grant is awarded.

  • Kingston’s White back on REU board

    Kingston City Councilman Don White is serving another term on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

    The REU retiree was recommended by the Kingston City Council, and Rockwood City Council approved the recommendation this month.

    Also reappointed this month is James “Russ” Cisson, to serve on the Rockwood Park and Recreation Board.

    The Rockwood City Council also approved the city’s holiday schedule for 2015.

  • Roane, ETHRA accused of probation scheme

    A Morgan County woman is suing East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Roane County in federal court, alleging the two engaged in a scheme to keep people on probation longer than the law allows in order to continue collecting fees.

    Rachel Dawn Bohanan claims the scheme resulted in her “illegal” arrest on July 15.

  • TVA truck aids in trench rescue

    Mike Stanton, a maintenance supervisor for TVA, was working at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 12 when he got a call from his incident coordinator.

    “He said that Roane County had a situation down the road where an individual had been trapped in a trench and they believed our vacuum truck could help speed up the process,” Stanton said.

    An employee with Sparta-based Danson Construction got trapped while working on a Roane County sewer project on Moses Lane.