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  • EPA: Coal ash OK in wallboard, concrete

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its evaluation of the two largest beneficial uses of coal ash — the stuff involved in TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant disaster.

    It may be used in concrete as a substitute for Portland cement, and the use of flue gas desulfurization gypsum as a substitute for mined gypsum in wallboard.

    EPA’s evaluation concluded that encapsulated coal ash in concrete and wallboard is comparable to virgin materials.

  • History excellence to be honored

    East Tennessee Historical Society is seeking nominations from across the region for awards of excellence in the field of history.

    Each year, the society recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming, and interpretation of the region’s history.

    Awards are in four categories:

    The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation, or special program, such as a conference, heritage event, publication or lecture series.

  • Adult basketball league turns into slam dunk in Rockwood

    Every Sunday after church, the Rockwood Community Center gym is full of hustling athletes

    This time, however, it’s the adults — not the kids — getting in on the basketball action.

    The demand caught recreation officials off guard.

    “We just kind of threw it together,” said city park and recreation director Jody Mioduski. “I had a couple of people tell me I ought to do a men’s league. I started advertising, put it on Facebook.”

  • Former clients testify in Butler discipline case

    After numerous postponements, Harriman attorney Donice Butler’s disciplinary hearing finally got underway at the Roane County Courthouse this week.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility is seeking to have Butler disciplined over allegations that she violated rules on competence, diligence, communication, scope of representation and terminating representation.

    Butler is also accused of misconduct and lying to a tribunal. She faces a possible censure or suspension of her law license.

  • More than $30,000 for judge’s race?

    Finance records show Mike Pemberton’s campaign for circuit court judge raised more than $30,000 from Jan. 7-15.

    Impressive, perhaps, but rivals Tom McFarland and Kim Nelson said they are not concerned about his hefty war chest.

    “I am focused on my campaign and not what any other candidates are doing,” Nelson said.

    “This is February,” McFarland said. “It doesn’t concern me.”

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    McFarland, Nelson and Pemberton are vying to replace Russell Simmons Jr.

  • Former law office may house kids

    Attorney Chris Cawood’s old Kingston law office could become a temporary shelter for displaced children.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said law enforcement has a need for such a place when children have to abruptly uproot because of meth labs and other unforeseen circumstances.

  • When they aren’t marching, they’re running


    Members of the Roane County High School Band and Zack Williamson, the band’s director, have been participating in BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer events since 2006, when 11 people ran and walked in honor of Marc Sherrod, the late pastor at Bethel Presbyterian Church and a proud RCHS band parent.  Each year since, the band family has been affected by cancer in some way, and the band’s team continues to grow and support the efforts to fight cancer. Here, the team poses at the 2013 event in Knoxville.

  • School canceled Wednesday due to anticipated bad weather

    With more inclement weather in the forecast, Roane County school officials decided to cancel classes Wednesday.

    “We just called it off,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. “We thought it was best to let people know as early as possible, so they could make arrangements.”

    The National Weather Service said a significant winter storm is expected to hit the area Wednesday through Thursday morning.


    Workers have been busy in the medians along the interchanges at Interstate 40’s exit 350 in Midtown.

    The work is in preparation for traffic signals that will go up this spring at the busy intersection on Pine Ridge Road.

    “Between 3 to 6 p.m. is when we have a bad problem,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason. “That is mainly what it is for.

    “I’m glad to have it.”

  • Harriman charter changes off to Nashville

    Several Harriman City Council members said they wish the city had held a public hearing on a resolution proposing changes to the Harriman City Charter.

    That didn’t stop the resolution, which includes provisions for a city manager form of government, from approval last week.