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  • 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.

  • 9/11 prompted fast action at DOE

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Energy immediately started work to make sure America’s defense — including its immense nuclear energy supplies — were protected.

    Paul Golan, now acting manager at DOE’s Oak Ridge Office, was active in the DOE Emergency Operations Center in Washington, D.C., during and after the attacks.

  • Lee’s rains a sigh of relief for firefighters

    Tropical Storm Lee brought some much-needed rain to Roane County last week.

    “The rain has actually really helped us,” said West Roane County Fire Chief Charlie Redwine. “I was getting very concerned because we couldn’t have stood much more” dry weather.

    “It keeps us from worrying so much,” he added.

    His volunteer department responded to a few vehicle crashes due to the rain, but nothing serious, Redwine said.

  • Rockwood Rotary has a way with words

  • Gone, but not forgotten
  • 9/11 a decade later: What if your father worked at the Pentagon?

    It was a sunny Tuesday morning, and seventh-graders in Kathy Allen’s first-period science class at Rockwood Middle School were studying the digestive system.

    The normalcy ended abruptly for students and teacher with a phone call early into the class period.

    The date: Sept. 11, 2001.

    One student quickly picked up on cues from the teacher that something was amiss.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: 9/11 was, still is, a very local story

    The phone rang a little after 6 a.m. Arizona time, jangling my nerves on a sleepy September morning.

    I lifted the receiver and croaked, “Hello.”

    “Turn on your TV,” came my mother’s voice from more than a thousand miles away. There was an urgency I didn’t question — I just rose, plodded into the living room and clicked on the television. I knew whatever I was about to see wasn’t going to be good.

  • 9/11 memorial at Kingston Fossil Plant won't be finished for 10th anniversary

    The 9/11 memorial in the works at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will not be finished by Sunday’s 10th anniversary.

    The memorial will include steel from the World Trade Center.

    “They’re still trying to construct the base for the steel,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “They are going to take their time and make sure it’s done right rather than try to rush and put something up.”

    TVA took delivery of the steel during a ceremony at the plant on Aug. 12.  

  • Local pilot scrambles to get home after 9/11

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, veteran pilot David Stevenson and another local pilot, Henry Piper, had plans.

    “To go flying,” Stevenson, a Roane County resident, recalled. “To no place in particular.”

    They took off, but had to make one necessary stop.

    “We flew first to Rockwood for fuel, but finding the office closed we opted to fly to Dayton,” Stevenson said.

  • Goss watched as NYC firefighters rescued, died

    Harriman Fire Department’s stations were somber places on Sept. 11, 2001.

    When firefighters weren’t on calls, they were at the fire hall watching horrific live television images that included firefighters like themselves.

    “All day long, other than answering calls, it was like operations at the fire hall just ceased,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “Everyone was glued to the TV to see if anything else happened.”