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  • EPA says respirators not needed at ash spill site

    Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said there is a system in place for monitoring the health of people working at the TVA ash spill site.  

    “We have perimeter air monitoring at six stations on site surrounding the work area, and that’s to guard against any off site dust migration from the worker area to local communities,” he said during an interview in June.

    The perimeter monitoring system isn’t the only thing being used, according to Zeller.

  • It seemed like a good idea at the time

    Roane County High School junior Cody Tallent got his Toyota 4-wheel drive pick up truck stuck vertical on the side of the dike Tuesday in Kingston.

    Gary’s Towing came and helped retrieve the vehicle.

  • Motorcycle accident leads to arrest

    A Rockwood man who wrecked his motorcycle last week is facing charges.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robert Fugate was traveling south on Abels Valley Road on Aug. 20 around 3:30 p.m.

    The report said Fugate was on a 2005 Honda CTX when he observed another vehicle making a left turn.

    “The vehicle that was turning is not a vehicle which is related in the crash,” the report said. “The driver of vehicle 1 (Fugate) slammed on the brakes and laid the motorcycle down and slid into a ditch.”

  • Schools hope state shares budget surplus

    The state finished the 2012-13 fiscal year with a $42 million surplus in its general fund. With such good fortune abounding, Roane County Schools is hoping more revenue will find its way to education.

    “Between now and next budget time, we will be asking them if they can help us,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said about the state.

    The school system is facing a financial crisis that school officials said was caused by cuts in state funding.  

  • Upgrading technology: Kingston, Rockwood get computers

    The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam has awarded 137 children’s computers to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee.

    Rockwood and Kingston Public libraries received stations that feature  more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children. These educational programs use engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.

  • Area ‘Rosie the Riveter’ now celebrating 100 years

    During World War II, Rebekah Givens became a “Rosie the Riveter” when she and her late husband, Beecher, moved to Detroit for work.
    Rosie the Riveter was the name given women who took over the war-effort factory jobs left empty by men who had gone to fight.

    “I have been right up there with the big old gun with the rivets,” said Givens. She made wings for the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver,  a scout-bomber that began rolling off the assembly lines in 1942.
    Givens, who turned 100 last month, grew up fast.

  • Kingston finance committee plan steams ahead

    Kingston City Council members took a step toward increased fiscal oversight at the August full council meeting — approving on first reading an ordinance that would establish a financial review committee to act as a liaison between council and city financial planners.
    The proposed ordinance provides for the committee to consist of two council members plus the city manager and the city finance officer, assisted by one administrative staff member. The council members would be appointed by the council, and serve for the duration of their council terms.

  • Marina owner’s woes pile up

    Legal troubles continue to haunt Bayside Marina owner Alan Schneider.
    With criminal charges pending in Roane County over an altercation, he also is a defendant in lawsuits filed locally. 
    On Aug. 15, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined him $18,480 for violating the state’s Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Remembering Momma — Martha M. McGlothin

    Some time back, it occurred to me that this year, 2013, would see the hundredth anniversary of the birth of my mother, Martha Mac McGlothin.
    And since I had chosen to honour her and my father, John Roy Largen, in naming the McGlothin-Largen Park, I thought that people might like to know something about the life and times of these two honourees.

  • Harriman downtown success?

    At least two of 14 city-owned  downtown Harriman properties may soon be sold to prospective owners.
    Proposals have been accepted by the Harriman Industrial Development Board for 307 and 319 Devonia St., and contracts are being worked out for sale.
    “They are in negotiation,” said board member Bill Alexander. “Hopefully, we’ll get more. I keep hearing this one is interested and this one is interested.”