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  • Inspector: TVA pros left out of report

    The credibility of a scathing report put together by TVA’s watchdog was called into question last Thursday.

    During cross-examination at the civil trial over the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill, TVA attorney Edwin Small got TVA Inspector General Richard Moore to admit things that could have been favorable to TVA were left out of the report.

    “Is it possible someone on your staff had an agenda to get TVA management?” Small asked.

  • Administrator may serve city and its utilities

    Rockwood officials will discuss the city administrator position and the handful of applicants they have received during the Rockwood City Council meeting on Monday.

    In addition to looking at the applicants they have so far, the council will discuss possibly expanding the position to work in conjunction with Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Mayor James Watts said there has been discussion of sharing some of the costs of an administrator — whose duties include dealing with city finances — with the utilities.

  • Rockwood speeder eyed for attempted murder in Hamilton

    A man stopped for speeding in Rockwood earlier this month was wanted for attempted first-degree murder in Hamilton County.

    According to an arrest report, James Christopher Armstrong was pulled over shortly before 6 a.m. on Sept. 17.

    The officer radioed dispatch to check his driving record and was informed that Armstrong, 39, was wanted.

    After two other officers arrived on scene, they approached Armstrong’s vehicle with guns drawn and ordered him out of the vehicle.

  • Crabtree appointed asst. fire chief in Rockwood

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz once again has a second in command.

    Wertz announced at last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting Monday the appointment of firefighter Matt Crabtree as the new assistant chief.

    Crabtree officially assumed the role last Tuesday.

    “I think Matt will do a good job,” Wertz said.

    Crabtree had already made plans to meet with firefighters. The city plans to send him to additional schooling.

  • Budget may be finalized Tuesday

    Harriman officials may approve the city’s fiscal 2012 budget Tuesday.

    Behind the curve compared to surrounding communities, Harriman City Council didn’t pass first reading of the budget until this month.

    A public hearing and special-called meeting for second and final reading will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley had more optimistic figures on the city’s unappropriated fund balance since the council last addressed it.

  • Four generations of Reeds committed to Boy Scouting

    In the depths of the Depression, Sam Reed wanted to join the Boy Scouts.

    Problem was, his family could not afford the dues of 5 cents a week, and he was forced to quit after a couple of weeks.

    That did not stop his desire to serve scouting later in life.

    He encouraged his oldest son, Charles to join the Cub Scouts through Harriman First Presbyterian Church in 1957. And when his youngest son, Gordon, became old enough, Sam started a Cub pack for him.

  • Old Glory waves for freedom in OS
  • Improvements at Hwy. 58 and Hwy. 70 intersection

     

    Sharon Smallwood of Mattern & Craig Inc. in Johnson City surveys Kingston property in front of the Roane County Courthouse early Thursday morning. Smallwood has been surveying the area all week for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which is planning improvements at the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70.
     

  • Harriman considers further push in Midtown, beyond

    Harriman officials are looking to the future — particularly when it comes to the Midtown retail corridor.
    Annexation was a topic at recent meetings, and the city’s work in Midtown continues to be important to Harriman City Council members.

    Harriman’s work to develop that area includes getting the interstate interchange there and supporting developers to encourage retail growth.