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  • Rushing for the Lord

    Rockwood High school senior Ethan Headrick wants to be like former University of Tennessee and NFL great Reggie White on the football field.
    But more important, Headrick wants to be like White, an ordained minister, off the field.
    Headrick, a running back, has entered the ministry and preached last Sunday at his church, North Rockwood Baptist.
    He said he was at church camp in Myrtle Beach last December when he felt the calling.

  • Gallaher back in trouble with law

    Eric Glenn Gallaher continues to find it difficult to stay out of jail.
    The Harriman man with at least 19 arrests in Roane County was jailed in neighboring Knox County last month.
    According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Gallaher was booked into the jail in the early morning hours of Oct. 22 after being stopped on I-40 East shortly around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.
    He was charged with DUI and implied consent violation.
    He’s since been released.

  • Clock ticking on Harriman coordinator replacement

    Harriman only has until the end of next month to find a city coordinator, and the search has just started.
    City Coordinator Bob Tidwell is retiring this year.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason got approval of his request to form a committee to delve into a new job that combines the city coordinator duties with retail recruitment.
    “What I’d like to do is get a work group to get job qualifications,” Mason said. His idea was to use Tidwell’s position as a boiler plate and add the qualifications that they would like to see a new person have.

  • Application hints at new industry

    An application for a permit to disturb wetlands in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park may have hints to a major new industry here.
    The applicant is listed as CDP Development Inc., 1600 Division Street, Suite 670, Nashville. Panattoni Development Co. list that same address for its Tennessee office.

  • More seek to join TVA ash lawsuits

    More people are seeking compensation from TVA for the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill.
    Gary Davis, one of the attorneys involved in litigation against the agency over the disaster, told U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan on Tuesday that they are seeking to add an additional 300 plaintiffs to their case.
    A TVA lawyer said he thought the action was odd because the case Davis wants to add the plaintiffs to had a trial that concluded last month.

  • Crossville man Rockwood’s choice

    Former Crossville city manager Jack Miller may be taking charge of Rockwood’s administration this month.
    The Rockwood City Council met on Halloween to select one candidate from their short list of seven to begin negotiations with.
    “We’re excited about going ahead and getting this filled and going ahead to get things started,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Nuclear regulatory meeting set on Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a Nov. 8 meeting in Athens to discuss the status of construction at the Watts Bar nuclear plant’s second unit. 
    The meeting, at Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation by NRC staff on the Unit 2 construction schedule, including major milestones and potential challenges.
    After the business portion of the meeting, the NRC staff will be available to answer questions from the public about the plant near Spring City.

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