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Local News

  • TVA moves on six nuclear reactors for Roane

    TVA has signed a letter of intent for the creation of up to six small modular reactors at the TVA Clinch River Site in Roane County off North Hwy. 58.

    A press release from the Babcock and Wilcox Co., majority owner of Generation mPower LLC, said “GmP remains on track to deploy the first B&W mPower reactor by 2020 at the Clinch River site.

  • School board quietly protests budget decision

    Sometimes so little says so much.

    That seemed to be the Roane County Board of Education’s attitude about its unanimous passage of a resolution rebuking county officials for cutting $450,000 from the school’s general purpose fund for the upcoming year.

    “I think it speaks for itself,” school board member Wade McCullough said in the only discussion before he and his fellow board members officially went on the record to back the resolution.

  • Harriman names HUB members

    New and familiar faces will be taking seats on the Harriman Utility Board this summer.

    While it isn’t July yet, Harriman City Council went ahead and approved two appointments to the board.

    Roane State President Gary Goff, who is the board chair, will be stepping off the board in July. He will be replaced by Chris Whaley, vice president of student learning at Roane State.

    Whaley, who lives in the Cornstalk Heights community of Harriman, was recommended by Goff, said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Humor helps when Kingston vice mayor says her goodbyes

    Last week was an emotional time for Kingston Vice Mayor Teresa Nichols.
    After choosing not to run for re-election, her final council meeting was Tuesday night.
    Nichols, who emerged as something as a peacemaker when conflicts arose on the council, expressed her fondness for her fellow city council members and city employees.
    “Guys, it has been a pleasure working with each of you,” she said at the start of the meeting.
    She recalled her earliest days on the council.

  • Princess marquee gets grant help

    The Princess Theater Restoration Committee accepted a $2,500 grant to help pay for the replacement of the theater’s marquee last month.
    The grant was the first Knox Heritage announced from its Save Our Signs program. 

  • Rockwood fire
  • Spring Street sidewalk construction
  • Man drowns at Roane County Park

    A 22-year-old man drowned in the swimming area at Roane County Park on Monday.

    The incident was reported to E-911 around 7:30 p.m. Dispatch was told that two men said their friend, Caesar Uribe, went under and did not come back up.  

    “It’s been ruled an accidental drowning,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We don’t know if alcohol was involved or not, but we found the body (Monday) night about 10:30 right in the swimming area.”

  • Woman killed in Rockwood accident

    A Roane County woman died after a head-on collision Monday afternoon in Rockwood.

    Nancy Hill, who was in her early 60s, of Mountain View Road, was traveling south on Gateway Avenue in a Nissan Versa.

    She collided with Dylan Headrick of North Wilder Avenue in Rockwood, next to Jerry’s Bait Shop.

    Headrick was northbound.

    Hill was confirmed dead as LifeStar prepared to transport her to Knoxville.

    Headrick was taken by LifeStar to UT Medical Center for a puncture wound.

  • A welcome midweek rainy day

    Leaves at Caney Creek get a drenching in last Wednesday’s long-awaited downpour.

    The often-heavy rainfall was a welcome relief for the dry, scorching weather that preceded it for two or more weeks.

    Look for the heat to be back on this week — the National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the 90s through at least Wednesday.