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  • Like a sturgeon
  • TVA signs warns ‘Do not breathe dust’

    Signs at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant warn about dangers of fly ash.

    “I checked again and you are correct, there are signs posted ONSITE now for a number of materials including hydrogen gas, ammonia, diesel and for handling of fly ash,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

    “The sign you sent us is for fly ash.”

    More than 5 million cubic yards of ash was released into the environment when a dike failed at the fossil plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    The cleanup, which cost more than $1 billion, was completed in 2015.

  • Tennessee voter registration a mere mouse click away

    Registering to vote just got easier in Tennessee.

    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett officially launched the state’s new online voter registration system last week at Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “This system meets people where they already are: online,” Hargett said. “It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls.”

  • THE BEAT IS ON: Vitatoe, Yoshimura show policing a career for all ages

    Logan Vitatoe didn’t expect to assist on a homicide scene on his first day in law enforcement.

    But that is exactly what happened.

    “I didn’t know what to expect really,” admitted the soft-spoken 19-year-old Rockwood native. “It was kind of 100 things thrown at me at once.”

  • Class takes aim at born drug addicts

    The number of babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome born to Roane County mothers troubles Judge Dennis Humphrey. Earlier this summer, he started holding a class in his courtroom to bring awareness to the issue.

    “We’re hoping to reduce the number of children born that are drug exposed,” he said.

    Roane County Health Department Director Laura Connor said Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, also known as NAS, is caused by mothers who abuse drugs during pregnancy.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Muir Fest celebrates area’s beauty

    The Muir Fest at Fort Southwest Point tomorrow will commemorate the passage through Roane County 150 years ago of naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir.

    The view from Walden Ridge looking out over the Tennessee River Valley prompted Muir to write that the region was the most beautiful place he had ever seen.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The story of Montgomery in Morgan County

    Gentle reader, as you know, there are a whole swarm of buzzing topics in the air that a column could be centered upon this week, but, we made a somewhat of a commitment last week to write about Montgomery in Morgan County, prompted by John Muir’s passing through there on his 1000 mile walk, and, although it wasn’t a promise for which we would go to hell for breaking, we think it was firm enough that it’s what this column should be about, so here we go:

  • Harriman’s Branam tasked with cleaning up his hometown

    A Harriman native will be tackling the city’s cleanup efforts.

    The city has hired David Branam as the new codes enforcement officer.

    “While he lacks experience with codes enforcement, he displayed a true desire to help improve the city in whatever way possible,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    “Additionally, there are few people with actual codes enforcement experience, so possessing the ability to learn was the primary factor we were trying to obtain in a hire.”

  • Riverfront playground coming in
  • LIFESTAR RESPONDS TO ON-RAMP INCIDENT