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  • TVA borrows $1 billion through power bonds

    TVA has borrowed $1 billion through new 30-year global power bonds with an interest rate of 3.50 percent — the lowest rate ever on a TVA 30-year institutional bond.

    TVA was able to take advantage of a window of opportunity during a period of government fiscal negotiations and the holiday season to obtain low-cost financing.

  • Fly ash concern four years later

    Coal plants deposited more than 200 million tons of ash or scrubber sludge into ponds or landfills between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report out today from Environmental Integrity Project.  

    EIP issued the coal ash data to mark the fourth anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant fly ash spill.  

    On Dec. 22, 2008, 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry was released in the Tennessee River system when a dike ruptured.

  • Volkswagen plant to open April 1
  • Man wields gun at kids’ b-day party

    A Rockwood man was arrested Wednesday evening by Rockwood police after pulling a .22-caliber rifle at a children’s party on Chamberlain Avenue.

    James Rodney Wilson, 50, of 820 N. Chamberlain Ave., was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

    Police took him into custody at his home, which was next door to the party.

    “He was arguing with an adult male at the birthday party,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.

  • ‘ ... she’ll go down in history ....’

     

    Savannah Davidson dons felt antlers and a blinkin’ beacon of a snout in honor of The Most Famous Reindeer of All during a Friday assembly at Midtown Elementary School. She and all the boys and girls in Roane County are sure to be heading to bed early tonight as sleigh bells jingling from above are a sure sign that Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is leading the way for Santa’s annual whirlwind visit.

  • Gold medalist urges kids to make a splash in waves of life

    Davis Tarwater lived out a dream when he won a gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

    Now the former Webb School of Knoxville star is encouraging children to do the same, and that’s just what he told the students at Midtown Elementary Friday morning.

    “I want them to understand that every day is a path to the gold,” he said.

  • Parks head hired

    Rockwood has a new parks and recreation director.

    Former Rockwood resident Jody Mioduski was recommended by a committee to the finance committee, who then approved and recommended it to the full council.

  • Decking the halls in Cornstalk Heights

     

    Some places don’t need a lot of lights and add-ons to look festive at Christmas. This house, Pat LaDue’s residence at 402 Morgan Ave. in Harriman’s Cornstalk Heights neighborhood, already comes with a tasteful red and green paint scheme.

  • Café kids ‘eat mor chikin’

    Chicken sandwiches were on the menu Dec. 18 at the Rockwood Housing Authority Kids Café.

    But not just any chicken sandwiches.

    Thanks to volunteer Rebecca Wiskerchen, these were Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches.

    Last month Wiskerchen responded to a question on Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page that asked: “What would you do if you won 50 sandwiches?”

    “I replied back that I volunteer here at Kids Café and that if I won 50 sandwiches, I would bring them here for the kids to eat,” Wiskerchen said.

  • Area angels make sure abuse victims have happy holiday

    Children who have been the victims of sexual abuse are already dealing with a lot.

    Chris Evans-Longmire, executive director of the Kids First Child Advocacy Center in Loudon County, said the last thing they need to experience is the disappointment of waking up on Christmas morning with no presents.

    Thanks to a program offered at the center, some won't have to.