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  • Looseleaf Laureate: I’ll be out on the porch if you’re looking for me

    Cool mornings and afternoons in the shade — it’s porch-sitting time again.
    I have a sizeable back deck facing the woods behind my house, but more often I am drawn to my covered front porch.
    Mornings are a great time to sit there. I can slowly sip a steaming cup of black coffee while studying the glittering dew on my lawn, listening to the morning chorus of birds and clearing the cobwebs cluttering my mind.

  • Carrying the load
  • Oak Ridge Reservation issues complicate cleanup

    For years, many have recognized the extreme complexity of the Oak Ridge Reservation with regard to environmental management activities and challenges.

    The complexity includes a diversity of waste products disposed of and treated in a myriad of ways in a setting where there is abundant rainfall and nearby population centers. This situation is further complicated by the complex geology of the site and the resulting hydrologic conditions.

  • Ash spill workshops continue

    TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are inviting the public to the fifth in a series of six workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County.

    The workshops provide information on the River System Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis Report on the Kingston recovery project.

  • Kingston ponders beer law change

    Kingston City Council members want to make sure no one gets too hot about cold beer.

    The council delayed another decision this month about a change in the city’s beer ordinance, which currently requires establishments that have retail beer sales to have a 250-foot distance, lot line to lot line, from “churches, schools, or other places of public gathering.”

    The city council’s proposed amendment to the ordinance would change it such that the 250-foot measure was from building to building — rather than lot line to lot line.

  • Solar farm jolts grid

    Officials held a “power up” ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the new solar farm at the East Tennessee Technology Park. 
    Restoration Services Inc. self-financed the 1.3 acre project as part of its Brownfield-to-Brightfield initiative.

  • Just-hired Rockwood official may get ax

    The short tenure of one of Rockwood’s most recent employees might come to an end if Rockwood officials get and approve the 2013 fiscal budget as proposed at a budget workshop Monday morning.
    Mayor James Watts has listed the salary line item for city administrator Jack Miller as zero.
    “Due to the financial situation we’re in, I just find it very difficult to put in that kind of salary,” Watts said.
    Councilman Mike Freeman wasn’t convinced that was the right choice.

  • Roane schools may need multi-year tax hike

    Roane County property owners could have to fork over more tax money in the new fiscal year.
    Roane County Schools business manager Eric Harbin told board members during a recent work session that the 2012-13 school budget will require a 6-cent property tax rate increase to fund. The board is set to vote on the budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.  
    “We wanted to get the tax increase as low as possible,” Harbin said.
    To do that, school officials are proposing to use $1.4 million of one-time monies to fund the budget.

  • State rep runners sound off

    n that saw one of her highly publicized initiatives pass, state Rep. Julia Hurley is ready to take on Kent Calfee in the Aug. 2 primary.
    “I’m very interested to hear him explain how he can do a better job, or even close to the job I’ve done,” Hurley said. “I passed the drug testing for welfare bill in my first term.”
    Hurley and Calfee are seeking the Republican nomination in State House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

  • NRC holding meeting on Watts Bar Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, May. 22, in Spring City to discuss the status of construction at the Watts Bar nuclear plant’s second unit. 
    The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with the NRC staff discussing the Unit 2 construction schedule, including major milestones and potential challenges, with TVA representatives.
    Later, the NRC staff will be available to answer questions from the public. The meeting will be at the Spring City Municipal Building at 229 Front St.