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  • SOAKED: Almost 4 inches of rainfall recorded

    Rain from the past weekend did more than dampen a few spirits and cancel outdoor activities.
    Weather watchers recorded almost 4 inches of rain in Roane County over the period that saw almost steady showers for about 48 hours.
    “As of yesterday morning, they had 3.9 inches at the [Kingston TVA] Fossil Plant,” said David Gaffin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Morristown.
    “At Rockwood, they had 3.81 inches,” he said. “We had another place in Kingston that had 3.77 inches.”

  • Rock slide closes lane of interstate

    Traffic was again flowing steadily in both lanes of Interstate 40 on Tuesday after state road crews worked through Monday to clear debris from a rock slide in West Roane County.
    The back-and-forth weather may have caused the rock slide on the westbound side of the interstate near mile marker 343.
    “A good guess is that it is weather related,” Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi said.

  • Former OS manager up for Kingston position

    Kingston’s search for a city manager will continue Friday with interviews starting at 10 a.m.
    Four candidates for the city’s top administrative post will be in Kingston for the interviews.
    They will meet with city employees during a cookout from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Kingston City Park pavilion.
    The four to be interviewed in Kingston on Friday will be culled from eight potential candidates who were interviewed by speaker phone last week.

  • County won’t be adding 12 school resource officers

    A wish list of 12 additional school resource officers doesn’t look like it will come true this year for Roane County Schools.
    Commissioner Bobby Collier said the additional officers and other security enhancements were discussed by school and county officials at a joint meeting on May 2.
    “We did not vote to do that,” Collier said, about requesting 12 additional resource officers.
     Collier, chairman of the Roane County Commission’s Safety

  • Water treatment helps Oak Ridge mercury problem

    At the announcement of a new facility to deal with mercury at Oak Ridge, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. called mercury contamination “one of the biggest problems we have from the ColdWar era” and said it must be a priority as cleanup resources become available.
    Alexander’s remarks came at a press conference announcing plans for a water treatment facility at the head of the East Fork Poplar Creek.

  • Company scrip tells story of county’s industry history

    For some, a love of history turns into a hobby.
    Tom Carson has done just that, collecting scrip and other monetary items, with a particular focus on Hamilton and Roane counties, where he and his wife Judy own property.
    Scrip was company money typically paid to employees instead of real cash.
    “They paid the employees with these. They were supposedly only good at company stores, but they were (sometimes) good elsewhere, too,” Tom Carson said.

  • Last day

    Howie Rose, left, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services, laughs with First Responder Program Coordinator Chris Weddington at Rose’s going-away party Friday.

    Rose is leaving his job of 17 years to accept a position with TVA.

  • Homeless: ‘It can happen so quickly, so easily’

    Homelessness isn’t just a big-city issue.

    Even in rural locales like Roane County, residents are finding themselves on the streets.

    They come from all walks of life. Some dealing with lost jobs. Others deal with mental illness.

    Steven Jackson said he’s living wherever he can in Kingston after losing the one place he did have to stay.

    He was living there without utilities, a violation of Kingston city ordinances.

  • Mom accused of giving booze to minors

    An Oak Ridge woman faces four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing her son and his friends alcohol.

    Misti Dawn Butler, 38, was arrested by Oak Ridge police on April 30.

    She’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court in June.

    According to the warrant, a therapist told Craig Jordan that his son admitted to drinking while at Butler’s house for spring break.

    The warrant said Jordan became suspicious and checked his son’s phone.

  • Hwy. 27 northbound lane closed for repairs

    The northbound lane of Hwy. 27 north of Harriman toward Wartburg will remain closed until mid-week for a maintenance project.

    “They are performing slope repair and stabilization utilizing soil nails,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 1.

    Nagi said work is estimated to be completed on May 8.

    The northbound lane will remain closed until then.