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  • N.C. ash spill follows Kingston cleanup path

    Like TVA in 2009, Duke Energy has agreed to allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to oversee cleanup of the Dan River ash spill in North Carolina.

    Duke and EPA signed the agreement on May 22.

    “Duke’s work will be subject to review and approval by EPA, in consultation with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality, to ensure full compliance with Superfund law,” the EPA said in a press release.   

  • Kingston pool open for business
  • Trash-to-gas plan has skeptics

    Representatives from a company looking to turn garbage into electricity didn’t seem to impress officials from Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties on Wednesday.

    “How do we make money?” said Jason Perry of Alternative Engineering Solutions LLC. “We make money through tipping fees, and we make money through selling power back to TVA.”

    Alternative Engineering Solutions wants to build a plant at the Plateau Partnership Park, a joint industrial park venture between the three counties.

  • Pemberton asks for challenge dismissal

    Circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton has asked for a dismissal of the Roane County Chancery Court complaint that seeks to have him removed from the Aug. 7 ballot.

    Chattanooga attorney Wes Kliner filed the complaint against Pemberton and the Roane County Election Commission on May 16.

    Kliner represents Kingston resident Willis Hall, who contends Pemberton shouldn’t be on the ballot because he doesn’t live in the 9th Judicial District.

  • Whoops! TBI says Kingston good

    Kingston Police Department was erroneously listed as a Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System decertified agency in the state’s 2013 crime report.

    “We’ve actually been in compliance since 2013,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The crime report is published by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    “They should not have been listed in our 2013 report, because they were in good standing for data entry when the report was compiled,” TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said.  

  • EPA must act on ash regs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to a Dec. 19 deadline to take final action on regulating coal ash waste from power plants.

    In 2010, in the wake of the TVA coal ash spill in Kingston, the EPA announced it was considering two options to regulate coal ash. Environmental groups sued the agency for failing to take action on the proposed regulations.

    Last fall, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the EPA to set a deadline.

  • REU move gets city’s attention

    Rockwood Electric Utility may be eyeing the possibility of moving to its Tedder Street property, but Rockwood City Council approved a resolution asking the utility to instead consider renovating and expanding operations at its current location.

    Councilman Pete Wright said REU’s location at 341 W. Rockwood St. is an important element of downtown.

  • Rockwood mayor’s vote is new

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts voted at the Rockwood City Council meeting last Thursday.

    His second vote was on what could be a controversial topic: dismissing Jody Mioduski as Rockwood Park and Recreation director.

    Giving Watts the power to vote was part of the city charter changes that were recently approved at the state level.

  • SOLEMN REMEMBRANCE
  • Trails Day embraced

    In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 7, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state.

    Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.