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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Now they’ve got it, what will they do with it?

    Nirvana, gentle reader. As you well know, nirvana is a state of bliss, of happiness, free of pain, want, or other concerns normal to human existence. It has always seemed unlikely that we should ever achieve or experience this state of complete contentment, but, come New Year’s Day, no doubt we will, for that is the day that the great Republican Upheaval becomes operative and the winners in Tuesday’s election triumph assume their various offices in the state and national government.

  • New mayor for Oliver Springs

    Oliver Springs voters decided to make some big changes.

    Mayor Chris Hepler will be going out of office, and he'll be replaced by newcomer Jerry Vann, who owns Vann's Auto Parts.

    “I appreciate the voters that came out and voted for me. Hopefully, we can get some good things done for the city,” Vann said.

    “It is all about the citizens. It is not about the town council,” he added.

    Vann has a family history of public office, but this is his first time seeking a seat.

  • Oliver Springs manager suddenly calls it quits

    Oliver Springs Manager Tina Treece resigned 24 hours after an election in which a new mayor and two new aldermen were elected.

    The Roane County News could not reach Treece for comment.

    Newly elected mayor Jerry Vann said he was surprised about the resignation. He said a rumor had been swirling that he was going to fire her.

    “I never said to anybody I was going to fire her,” said Vann.

    He said he’d spoken no more than five or six words to Treece in the time she’s been manager.

  • Ash spill containment cell near closure

    Work on the ash spill cleanup project is expected to continue into next year, but a major undertaking appears to be over.

    “The cell is essentially closed out,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said last month.

    Zeller was referring to the 240-acre containment cell where spilled ash is being permanently stored onsite. In March, TVA announced that it had finished construction of an earthquake-resistant, underground retaining wall around the cell. Attention then shifted to capping and covering the cell.

  • Woody addresses TVA board in Nashville

    One of Roane County Executive Ron Woody’s first acts as president of the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments was addressing the TVA Board of Directors during its quarterly meeting in Nashville on Thursday.

    Woody said he touched on a number of things during the three minutes he was allowed to speak.

  • Car seat checks
  • Miller back as Rockwood mayor

    Rockwood overwhelmingly returned former Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller back into the position Tuesday night.

    “I just want to thank everyone that went out and voted, period, but especially for those that voted for me,” said Miller.

    Miller, who was last mayor in 2009, was term-limited from seeking any city office until this election.

    Unofficial vote tallies show Miller garnered 657 votes, 298 more than contender Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who opted to run for mayor instead of re-election to a council seat.


    Kingston voters decided incumbent mayor Troy Beets has had enough time in office.

    Beets, who was first elected in 2005, lost his bid for a third term to Councilman Tim Neal, who will be taking the reins Dec. 1.

    “I really appreciate everyone coming out and voting. One of the reasons we, as a city council, changed the election day to coincide with the federal and state election was to get more people out to vote, and it did,” said Neal.

  • Voters pop cork on wine sales

    The wine in grocery stores referendum passed by big margins in Harriman and Kingston on Tuesday.

    According to unofficial returns from the Roane County Election Commission, 677 people voted for the measure in Harriman compared to 393 who voted against.

    In Kingston, 1,179 people voted for the referendum compared to 646 who voted against.

    “It was a bigger margin than I expected, but I kind of figured it would pass,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

  • More than 14,000 vote