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  • Facebook posts cost Ellis seat

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis used Facebook to rally support against the property tax rate increases that were passed earlier this year. 
    That didn’t sit well with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who didn’t recommend Ellis for another term on the budget committee.
    “Randy served, and he served well,” Woody said. “Randy did, however, try to rally a group for the public hearing on the blogs and Facebook, and I didn’t appreciate that.”

  • Earthquake danger still a question

    Is there an earthquake threat in East Tennessee?
    Robert D. Hatcher Jr. a University of Tennessee professor in tectonics and structural geology, said there is — but the level of the threat requires more research.
    “We don’t know what the level of hazard is. We think that at least magnitude 6.5 earthquakes have occurred in East Tennessee, not necessarily under Douglas Lake, or what is now Douglas Lake. It could have occurred anywhere. We just happened to find evidence out there,” Hatcher said at a recent conference in Oak Ridge.

  • Police Explorers program coming to Kingston

    The Kingston Police Department has launched a youth program that may help shape future officers.
    The new Police Explorers post will be chartered with the Boy Scouts of America.
    Matthew Sackett, the adviser for Explorer Post 376, is a former explorer himself.
    He has spent about a year and a half working in the reserves and getting the co-ed program, dedicated to young people aged 14-20, started in Kingston.
    The job wasn’t as easy as it may have appeared.  Sackett wrote bylaws and codes of conduct and gathered medical forms and waivers.

  • Gala to benefit old Roane Courthouse

    Interested in Roane County history? The place to be on Saturday, Oct. 1, is the newly restored courtroom of the historic Roane County Courthouse. 
    This year the Roane County Heritage Commission Gala in honor of the historic courthouse will celebrate the completion of the most recent phase of restoration work.

  • Kingston officials cite need for new city hall building

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Kingston City Council added motions to its agenda at a workshop last week to use additional money from a federal energy grant to shore up the local library and community center.

    However, officials deemed spending money on an aging city hall to be a lost cause.

  • Drunk woman steals, wrecks police cruiser; dog bites teen and other general mayhem

    A Crossville woman wrecked a stolen Cumberland County patrol car in Roane County on Sunday, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Troopers charged Michelle Lee Owens, 25, with DUI, driving on a revoked license, felony evading and reckless endangerment.

    The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will have charges against Owens as well.

    A state trooper started pursuing the stolen patrol car on Intestate 40 in Cumberland County.

    The pursuit ended at the 360 mile marker in Roane County when the vehicle hit a cable barrier.

  • Researchers looking at TVA ash spill’s impact on community bonds

    Over the past several weeks, selected Roane County residents have received a survey regarding the 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill.

    This research is funded entirely by the National Science Foundation, and the main objective of the study is to understand the various social impacts of the coal ash spill on people and communities in the region.

    To learn about these issues, several waves of surveys have been sent to randomly selected households in the area.

    The final batch of surveys has recently been delivered to selected homes.

  • Making math fun
  • The People vs. TVA: Kilgore, Rose and Kirkham on witness list

    Both sides in the litigation over the TVA ash spill expect to call Bonnie Bashor as a witness during the civil trial expected to start Thursday in U.S. District Court.

    Bashor is director of the state’s Environmental Epidemiology Program that conducted a public health assessment on the spill.

    Plaintiffs have argued the disaster caused personal injury, but the health assessment found the spill should not have caused harm to the community’s health.

  • Widening at 58/70 gets a go

    By Mike Gibson
    It’s a project that’s been on Troy Beets’ to-do list ever since he took the mayor’s seat in Kingston six years ago, and now it’s finally on a fast track.

    At a recent Kingston City Council meeting, Beets reported that the perpetually problematic intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 is scheduled for widening by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    Beets said the project would probably be let in the latter half of 2012.