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    Six decades after serving a nation that refused to let him fight because of the color of his skin, former U.S. Marine Albert Winton Sr. finally got some well-deserved recognition last week.

    He was awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal.

    A packed house at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood gave Winton a standing ovation as he received the nation’s highest non-combat award last Thursday night from Tennessee Commissioner of Veteran Affairs Many-Bears Grinder.

  • TVA ash to be left in river, plan says
  • TVA ash to be left in river, plan says

    The residual ash in the Clinch and lower Emory rivers will be dealt with through natural river processes and continued long-term monitoring. 
    “It was based on extensive research, including human health and ecological risk assessments, and aligns with the majority of public comments received on the EE/CA (Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis) alternatives,” TVA said in a news release. “The selection was also approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.”

  • RMS students vote

    Rockwood Middle School students got a hands-on civics lesson Monday when they had a chance to vote for the U.S. president in a mock election.
    School librarian Maranda Summers, a former history teacher, presided over the election process that included helping students register to vote, teaching information about the candidates through newspaper articles and other sources, and then finally to enter the voting booth and cast a ballot.

  • Smoot can’t make bond

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted bond for accused killer Shawn Smoot in August.
    Smoot, 40, a former insurance agent, has remained incarcerated, however.  His bond was set at $250,000.
    According to court records, his parents inquired about putting up out-of-state property for the bond. They were informed that was not acceptable, court records said.
    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road in October 2011.

  • Williams back on job after DUI

    The Roane Alliance President/CEO Leslie Henderson said Darrell Williams is back working part time with the organization on a probationary basis.
    Williams is still listed as vice president of business development on The Roane Alliance’s website, but Henderson said no decision has been made on his position or title.
    Kingston police arrested Williams on Sept. 17 for DUI and violation of the implied consent law following a lunchtime crash.

  • Rockwood power outage rescheduled

    Approximately 60 customers of Rockwood Electric Utility will experience a temporary power interruption on Nov. 9 while the Tennessee Valley Authority replaces equipment at a substation.
    The outage was scheduled for Wednesday, but due to forecasted rain, the work has been moved to Friday.
    The scheduled outage will begin, weather permitting, at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 and last about four hours.

  • Eureka land sale stopped

    State property records list the Roane County Board of Education as the owner of 2.32 acres of vacant land on Eureka Road.
    Apparently, they are wrong.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said further research has revealed that the board doesn’t own the property. That’s why the board scrapped plans to sell it at auction.

  • Johnson to head TVA on Jan. 1

    TVA will soon have a new chief.

    William D. Johnson, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy Inc., will become president and CEO of the $11 billion federal agency effective Jan. 1.

    This week the TVA Board of Directors announced that Johnson, 58, will succeed Tom Kilgore, 64, who has served as TVA’s first president and CEO since 2006.

  • City debates leftover TVA funds

    Rockwood officials will be voting Thursday on what they would like to do with the remainder of the TVA funds they have to request through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

    Mayor James Watts said the city has several projects to consider for the more than $600,000 left.

    One of them involves  giving several hundred thousand dollars to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas department to deal with infiltration into the water and sewer systems and for line replacement.