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  • Papermill cleanup on hold for now

    Waiting is still the safest option when it comes to the future of the former Harriman Papermill site.

    “My recommendation for the city at this time is to stay away from the site,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency retiree Andy Avel.

    Avel has been working with Harriman officials on possible cleanup of the property, which has been owned by several different companies over the years.

    The site along the Emory River is under EPA consideration for possible cleanup designations.

  • Driver killed in Gallaher collision

    A 78-year-old Ten Mile man was killed in an automobile crash on Gallaher Road Tuesday.

    The collision involved a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Amos H. Woods and a 2005 tractor trailer driven by David Burkhart of Knoxville.

    Woods was killed.

    Burkhart, 48, was hauling aluminum shavings.

    The crash happened near Rarity Ridge subdivision.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Burkhart was entering the roadway from a parking lot.

  • Line break closes 70E to traffic

    A burst water main across from TVA Credit Union on Hwy. 70 on Tuesday closed the highway’s eastbound lane and snarled traffic for most of the day.

    “When it busted, it was just a mess,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam of the 16-inch main blowout that happened at about noon.

    “It appeared to us that the existing pipeline had pushed apart inside the casing pipe,” Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said. “It appeared to have been leaking some time.”

  • TVA denies making Ladd Landing mess

    A pile of large stumps, limbs, dirt and a handful of tires stands in stark contrast to the image of Kingston’s High Street community in Ladd Landing.

    The pile sits in or near a TVA power line right of way just inside the High Street gate.

    “This has been here for years, but it has gotten worse,” said resident David Naus.

  • Medicare, spending overhaul on D.C. agenda

    Congressmen Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais both shared what they’ve done their first 100 days in office during visits in Kingston Tuesday afternoon.

    Fleischmann, who represents six precincts in Roane County, started with a community meeting at Kingston City Park before The Roane Alliance luncheon.

    Both agreed one of the most important thing during their first 100 days was the actions Congress took to cut spending and fix the nation’s deficit.

  • Jail procedures unchanged after inmate's death

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t short on moral support following this month’s death of an inmate at the county jail.

    “I had several sheriffs call me that experienced it before,” Stockton said. “They just wanted to know if I needed anything.”

    The inmate, Robert Allen Harrison, died on April 8.

    Stockton said it was the first time an inmate has died in jail since he became sheriff in 2006.

  • Plan decried that would reduce foreclosure notices

    By CHAD SISK

    Tennessean

    Editor’s note: This story is being reprinted with permission from the Tennessean.

    Bankers are trying to cut how much public notice is required before they can foreclose on homes, drawing fire from an assortment of activists, lawyers and open-government groups.

  • Alexander: Nuclear plants here safely run

    Tennessee is not prone to tsunamis like Japan.

    TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum said people should keep that in mind if they’re worrying about a Japan-like nuclear disaster happening in the Tennessee Valley.

    “They should understand that tsunamis like the one that happened in Japan are not going to happen here,” he said. “Our reactors are located in a different place relative to those types of events.”

  • Former judge Austin should be held to higher standard

    Society holds some people to higher standards.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that’s why the argument that Thomas Austin has paid his debt to society holds little weight with him.

    Austin went to federal prison for crimes he committed during his tenure as a Roane County General Sessions Court judge.

    He’s now out of prison and is seeking to have his citizenship rights restored.   

    Austin’s attorney, Browder Williams, said the ex-judge has paid his debt to society.

  • Mother killed in Mountain View accident

    A mother of two was killed in a car accident on Saturday. The accident happened on Mountain View Road near Rockwood.  

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 34-year-old Dina M. Blevins was killed after a car driven by Thomas A. Stricklan crossed the center line and hit her head on. Stricklan, 27, had a Joiner Hollow Road address.

    Blevins, who lived on Mountain View Road, was driving north with her daughter and boyfriend.

    They both suffered injuries in the crash.

    The THP report said criminal charges are pending.