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  • State veterans affairs head to speak at Rockwood BPW

    Tennessee Commissioner for Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder will be the guest speaker for the Rockwood Business and Professional Women’s meeting on Nov. 19.
    The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Victorian Square at 214 S. Chamberlain Ave.
    Dinner will be $10 per person. Reservations are required no later than Nov. 8 and many be made by calling Gladys at Victorian Square at 354-1133.

  • New faces, new places at 9th District DAG office

    Expansions, departures and shifts in manpower have resulted in substantial changes at District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office.
    Today — Friday — the 9th Judicial District office will have a swearing-in ceremony at the Roane County Courthouse for new assistant district attorney generals Tiffany Smith and Alyson Kennedy.
    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood will do the honors.

  • Court forces EPA’s hand

    More than three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a Knoxville hearing for input on its plan to regulate coal ash, the agency has failed to implement the regulations.
    This week, a federal judge may have given the EPA the spark it needs to get moving.
    Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the agency to file a written submission with the court setting a proposed deadline “for its compliance with its obligation to review and revise if necessary its Subtitle D regulations concerning coal ash.”

  • Halloween fun for the young
  • More time granted in TVA mediation

    The parties involved in the TVA ash spill litigation were granted an additional 105 days to mediate on Oct. 24.
    “This litigation shall continue to be stayed during the mediation,” Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said in the order granting the extension.
    The plaintiffs and TVA filed a joint motion requesting the additional time on Oct. 22. It was the third joint request for an extension since Varlan ordered the parties to mediate on Nov. 20, 2012.
    The first request was granted on March 21. The second one was granted on July 12.

  • Blake Norman honored as top Rockwood officer

    Rockwood Police Department officer Blake Norman was recognized as officer of the quarter at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday.
    “He’s one of those fellows that we can all be proud of. Blake has led the department in arrests,” and been consistent with all his duties, Mayor James Watts said.
    Watts said arrests alone don’t qualify Norman for the honor.
    Norman arrives early for work and leaves late and has a great attitude, follows orders and has a high energy level, according to Watts.

  • Concert at Princess Theatre

    John Fee and The Tuckasee Highway Band will perform Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.
    Presented by Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures Committee, the concert also features Johnny Cash tribute artist Philip Ray.
    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Roane State campuses, by calling (865) 354-3000, Ext. 4515, or at the door on the day of the concert.
    The concert will help fund other Arts and Lectures Committe activities.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: In-again, out-again Harry growing old

    Harry is a tuxedo cat who was born, according to the rescue outfit I got him from, on Valentine’s Day.
    With long black fur, a snowy bib and oversized white feet, he stole my heart immediately.
    When I brought him home to my apartment in Chicago, Harry reveled in life outside of a cage.
    He stretched across a panel of sunlight on the hardwood floor of my apartment, his tail curling into a question mark. Itwas as if he was ask if this could be his home.
    He came up with the answer soon enough, wandering from room to room chirping happily.

  • Official calls Spooktacular a success
  • Another delay in murder trial

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen has control over a lot of things.
    Unfortunately for those who hoped to see Ralph O’Neal tried for murder next week, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts isn’t one of them.

    Eblen allowed O’Neal’s state-paid defense to hire an expert witness in the case, but the decision still had to go through the Administrative Office of the Courts for approval, which means another delay.