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  • Blanks fired at turkey shoot proposal

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    It started with officials talking turkey; but in the end, no one gave a shoot.

    At this month’s Kingston City Council work session, Councilman Don White floated the idea of a turkey shoot — basically a target-shooting match with low-powered weapons and a turkey or ham as the prize — to raise money for Fort Southwest Point. He said he’d spoken to the park officials about holding the event there.

  • Kilgore takes stand

    Some TVA employees were uncomfortable with the word catastrophe being used to characterize the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill.

    President/CEO Tom Kilgore wasn’t one of them.

    “I told them you shouldn’t not be using the word catastrophe,” he said. “I used it myself.”

    Kilgore, the man ultimately responsible for what goes on at TVA, took the witness stand Wednesday in the civil trial over the catastrophe.

    “The buck stops with you, right?” plaintiffs attorney Jeff Friedman asked.

  • HURLEY SPEAKS Part 2

    Seventy-seven miles in a 50 mph zone. That’s what State Trooper Teresa Brown ticketed state Rep. Julia Hurley for in January. The ticket was paid in February, but Hurley, who can be heard arguing with Brown in the video of the traffic stop, insists she wasn’t going that fast.

  • Harriman delays paving to finish utility work

    Plans to pave a section of Swan Pond Road in the city will be delayed until next year.

    Harriman officials had planned on using what remains of the $100,000 originally alloted to the city for paving from TVA following the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

    Swan Pond Road saw a lot of heavy truck traffic following the spill, and city officials asked for funds to improve the roadway.

    City Coordinator Bob Tidwell said that Harriman Utility Board has many projects in that area that would interfere with fall paving.

  • Deal allows bar to keep license

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton left the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday evening having been found in violation of his beer permit.

    However, he also left the courthouse with the right to still sell beer at his establishment outside Harriman.
    In exchange for not contesting the violation, the Roane County Beer Board voted 4-1 to allow the permit to remain in effect subject to certain conditions.

    “I’m happy with what went on,” Norton said about the meeting.

  • Survey says
  • Feel the heat in Harriman Wednesday evening

    A community bonfire will be held at Harriman Riverfront Park following the Harriman High School homecoming parade today (Wednesday).
    Jayme West, who is planning the bonfire, said the parade this year will follow the Memorial Day parade route.
    It will start at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and follow Morgan Street to Sewanee Street into Riverfront Park.
    The bonfire will end at approximately 8:30.
    West said a Diehard Blue Devil fan will be named at the bonfire.
    For more information call West at 441-4022.   

  • Commission opposes district split involving Roane County

    Ray Cantrell’s feelings for Loudon County run deep. 
    “I love Loudon County,” Cantrell, a member of the Roane County Commission, said. “I’m so close to it; they have things over there that Roane County doesn’t, so I do a lot of shopping over there.”
    While he doesn’t mind spending his money there, Cantrell said he doesn’t want to see the eastern section of Roane County siphoned off to  join a House district with Loudon County.
    He’s ready to take action.

  • Harriman skateboarders petition for place to roll

    Skateboarding enthusiasts aren’t going to let the Harriman City Council forget about them.
    After having their boards confiscated for skating at Harriman Riverfront Park’s gazebo, some of them attended Harriman City Council meetings last month and this month.
    They have asked for a designated area to enjoy their sport.

  • Lawyer: Agency admits fault

    Chris Buttram had no experience with dike inspection when he arrived at the Kingston Fossil Plant in October 2008.
    “I had heard of them, but I’d never seen one,” he said.
    Despite that inexperience, TVA charged him with writing a key report about the inspection.
    Attorney Jeff Friedman said it was that kind of conduct on the part of TVA that caused the dike to fail two months later.
    “The disaster was a tragedy the likes of which this state and country had never seen,” Friedman said.