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  • Mister Ellis goes to Washington

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis spent some time in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to let officials there know his stance on coal ash.    
    “Obviously that issue is pretty close to me and my constituents in the Swan Pond area,” Ellis said.
    The Swan Pond community was impacted by what has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in history.
    On Dec. 22, 2008, a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Students stuck in elevator saved by fire dept.

    It wasn’t a prank.
    The Kingston Fire Department responded to a call to Roane County High School Thursday morning after four students got stuck in an elevator.
    It didn’t take long; the fire department is just a block from the school.
    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said they arrived on scene quickly and got the students out in about a minute.
    “I’d say they were probably in the elevator for no more than 10 minutes,” Gordon said.

  • Efficient workspace
  • Propane Leak
  • Roane State celebrates grads
  • Storms, fuel prices burn up road funds

    Roane County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby is having to transfer $20,000 from his hot mix budget to his diesel fuel budget.

    That means less money for patching and paving roads.

    Hamby said bad weather coupled with higher fuel prices have taken a toll on the fuel budget this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    “This has been the worst year I’ve had in several years with storms,” he said.

    Storms during the winter led to more work because of snow and ice on the roads.

  • Kingston sounds July 4th funding alarm

    Every year, Kingston must go begging to raise money for its annual fireworks show.

    This year, officials are really feeling the fizzle of the economy as they set out to raise the thousands of dollars needed for the event.

    “We’re the lowest we’ve been in seven years,” said Rick Ross, the city’s parks and recreation director. “We streamlined the event and made it lower cost for everybody, but it still costs money.”

  • Federal court hands down tough sentences for meth makers

    Wonder just how tough the federal courts are on people who manufacture the illegal drug methamphetamine?

    Just look at the sentence Kristi Miller received last week in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

    According to court records, Miller was given 240 months in prison for a guilty plea on  conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.  

    Miller was one of 21 defendants charged in a 264-count federal indictment last year.

  • Sounding of TVA siren no cause for alarm

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will test its ammonia warning alarm system on Wednesday, May 11, at about 11:15 a.m. 

    The test will be announced over the plant’s public-address system, and a siren will sound for three to five minutes.

    The public should not be concerned if they are near the plant at this time and hear the siren. 

    Notice of the alarm system test has been posted in local newspapers.

  • Malpractice suit settled

    The last malpractice lawsuit from when the city operated Roane Medical Center has been settled.

    The final lawsuit involved Roane Medical Center’s operation of the Emory River Geriatric Center for a patient admitted in 2008.

    The lawsuit alleged he was injured during the period he was admitted.

    Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom said the city had money set aside from the sale of the hospital to Covenant Health, who will be opening a larger facility in Midtown, to agree to the terms of $50,000.