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  • Another huge cleanup in Roane County

    The cleanup of TVA’s massive coal ash spill is winding down near Kingston this year, but another massive effort is gearing up in the northeast corner of Roane County.

    Federal officials are down to the last cell in a Bear Creek Road landfill set aside for the demolition of contaminated K-25 buildings on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Another record for TVA production

    Arctic temperatures that averaged in single digits across much of the Tennessee Valley on Thursday, Feb. 19, resulted in record electricity demand of 694 gigawatt-hours for the 24-hour period.

    That’s the most energy ever required over a one-day period during February in Tennessee Valley Authority history and the third most overall for a 24-hour period.

    The all-time one-day record occurred last year when demand reached 703 gigawatt-hours on Jan. 7.

  • Closings, Cancellations and Reschedules

    Feb. 27
    Closings and Cancellations
    • Roane County Schools

  • No school in Roane County on Wednesday

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said it's unlikely the system will have school on Wednesday, but officials will wait until around 3 p.m. to decide for sure.

  • OES truck in crash

    A Roane County Office of Emergency Services vehicle was involved in a crash earlier this month.

    It happened in Harriman near the Dollar General Market on Feb. 13.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash because it involved a county vehicle. That’s common in those situations.

    The county vehicle was a 2008 Ford F15 driven by OES employee John Rayburn. The other vehicle was a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 88-year-old Josephine Smith of Harriman.

  • Weather won’t affect tax deadline

    People shouldn’t look for an extension on the amount of time they have to pay property taxes because of bad weather.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said the deadline is still Feb. 28.

    “I guess we’re going to have to watch the weather, but the taxes will become delinquent March 1,” she said. “That’s what the state says.”

    Eblen said she’s basing that on past experience.

  • Driver in chase that ended with shots fired out of hospital, in jail

    Christopher Lee Powers faces several charges from the police chase that ended with him shot multiple times.

    Powers, 34, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Feb. 18.

    Warrants taken out by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff charge Powers with DUI, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, speeding, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

    The police chase occurred on Feb. 9.

  • Stepson’s charge upgraded to murder

    Steven Edward Jones has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his stepfather, Fred Silvey.

    Jones allegedly stabbed Silvey multiple times with a knife on Feb. 11.

    Silvey died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville on Valentine’s Day.

    The first-degree murder warrant was taken out on Feb. 17.

    Jones is also charged with attempted second-degree murder against his mother, Carolyn Silvey, and two counts of aggravated assault.

  • Pill ring leader says he’s dying of cancer

    John Wesley Goss, the mastermind behind an elaborate Roane County pill ring, could be released before sentencing.

    According to his attorney, Goss is suffering from stage 4 cancer and has three months to live.

    “In view of the exceptional circumstances in this case, the court has the authority to release Mr. Goss pending sentencing,” federal defender Paula R. Voss said in a motion for release.

    Voss included a letter from Goss’ doctor with her motion.

  • Shelters helpful during cold snap

    Whether huddling close and camping out around fires or heaters or seeking a safe place away from home, Roane County residents without power did what they could to stay warm this week.

    For some, that meant seeking help at a shelter like the one the American Red Cross provided at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Carol Golliher said she got so cold on Tuesday that she called 911 — because she didn’t know where else to turn.