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  • Farmer, Ruppe apply for Rockwood position

    Two former county chiefs — Mike Farmer of Roane County and Becky Ruppe of Morgan County — have applied for the Rockwood city administrator position.
    Farmer served the term prior to current officeholder Ron Woody.
    Rockwood City Council will be interviewing them and Jack Miller, a former city manager in Crossville
    at a workshop Monday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

  • Brakes applied on LOC dissolution

    The Oak Ridge City Council passed a resolution this week that directs its mayor — Tom Beehan — to not vote for the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.
    The committee’s board of directors, on which Beehan serves, is scheduled to have a special meeting today (Friday) at The Roane Alliance Building in Kingston at 3 p.m.
    A resolution to dissolve the committee, a sort of watchdog on U.S. Department of Energy activities in and around Oak Ridge, is on the agenda.

  • TVA ASH SPILL LAWSUIT: Failure signs ‘everywhere’

    No one died when the dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of coal ash slurry on Dec. 22, 2008.
    For an agency that also deals with nuclear energy, another disaster might not turn out as fortunate.
    Attorney Jeff Friedman told U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan that’s why his job is so important.
    “This court has the power to give TVA the wakeup call they so badly need,” he said.

  • Christian youth rallies expand

    Roane County youth groups from different church denominations have been rallying together, uniting in their shared love and worship of God.

    The rallies, “One Body Worshiping One God,” have been going on since June and contunue to expand.They take place on Potter’s House property on Four Mile Drive in Kingston.

    Youth aged 11-20 meet to play icebreaker-type games, participate in relay races, eat, socialize and worship at the lakeside Sunday evenings from 4 until 8.

  • Wild ride in stolen truck ends in arrest for four young men

    If it was a party, it was an expensive and dangerous one.

    Four young men in a stolen pickup truck crashed head-on with a car in Oliver Springs, raced away and led police on a high-speed chase while driving through business parking lots and private yards before wrecking the truck on a utility pole guy line.

    They weren’t done, yet.

    The occupants jumped from the truck and ran, chased by Oliver Springs officer Ricky Hamby and Capt. Brad Aytes, police reports said. They ran from Midway Drive through a residential area until they got to Ray Drive.

  • Police blotter: Tasering, assault, drugs and a hold-up

    An 18-year-old Kingston man, David Lee Moore II, of 1008 Brentwood Way, was asleep in his white Nissan  with a passenger when he was arrested the morning of Oct. 4 at Kingston’s Sonic Drive-In on Race Street for possession of marijuana.

    Sgt. Caleb Strayer allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana when he approached the vehicle after business hours — around 1 a.m.

    Strayer woke Moore and the passenger and reportedly asked Moore if there were any illegal drugs in the car.

  • Operation Christmas Child under way to help needy youngsters

    With the Christmas season quickly approaching, Operation Christmas Child is getting under way.

    Operated under Samaritan’s Purse, an international and evangelical relief organization, Operation Christmas Child is both a national and international project aimed at filling shoe boxes with gifts and sending them abroad to children in need.

    Drop-offs will be accepted during the organization’s national collection week Nov. 14-21.

  • Did TVA money influence report?

    Did the truth motivate Bill Walton — or was it TVA greenbacks that persuaded his conclusions?

    Walton, an AECOM official who conducted the root-cause analysis into the TVA ash spill, insisted it was the former.

    “My job was to give you the why of this failure,” he said during cross-examination at the ash spill trial on Tuesday. “I believe I delivered on doing a thorough investigation.”

  • Roane County High School Homecoming

    Checoria Foster and her brother, Demarcus, were Roane County High School’s homecoming queen and king at the school’s game against Lenoir City on Sept. 23.

  • Oak Ridge oversight group may be nuked

    Susan Gawarecki holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s from Lehigh University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

    Despite those lofty credentials, Gawarecki, executive director of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee, could soon find herself out of a job.

    The committee’s purpose is to ensure that communities adjacent to and downstream of the Oak Ridge Reservation are protected during cleanup and continued operation of the facilities, many of which deal with nuclear materials.