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  • Lake Weeds BLIGHT or BENEFICIAL?

    If there is one thing that all sides of the lake weed issue seem to agree on it’s that the problem — if there is a problem — needs to be studied carefully before any action is taken.

    “We do know there is a problem and we’re trying to learn more,” County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said last Monday.

    County Commissioner Carolyn Granger, a member of the county Environmental Review Board, told the commission that a workshop where more information will be presented on weeds is scheduled February 6.

  • Clinch reactor under review

    From staff reports

    TVA’s small modular reactor aspirations have gotten a boost. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced last week that it will review the agency’s Early Site Permit application for its Clinch River site.

    “We are pleased with this development,” TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said. “This means that the NRC staff will now begin its technical review of TVA’s Early Site Permit application for potential construction and operation of SMRs at the Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge.”

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  • ACT scores fall short of lotto benchmark by more than half

    A composite score of 21 on the ACT is one of the requirements for qualifying for the HOPE Scholarship.

    Less than half of students attending Roane County Schools achieved that score during the 2015-16 school year, according to the State Report Card.

    The data released last month showed the percentage of students who scored at least a 21 on the ACT was 41.2 percent.

  • Drought help available to Roane farmers

    Roane and Loudon counties have been approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from the 2016 drought.

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency is accepting applications through Feb. 1, said FSA Executive Director, Sandi Childs.

    Approved ECP practices under this authorization include emergency water solutions for livestock due to the 2016 drought.

    FSA administers the Program to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to predisaster conditions.

  • Margrave Bridge work underway

    From staff reports

    The replacement of Harriman’s Margrave Bridge is expected to be completed by Oct. 23.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation construction bid was awarded to Jones Bros. Inc. Work on the project began on Sept. 22, 2016.

    “Currently the contractor has cleared the site; installed new storm drain piping and drain structures; and is performing grading operations on Margrave and Queen streets,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. “Also, construction of bridge foundation structures is beginning.”

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  • Five injured in Rockwood wreck

    Five people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash early last Thursday.

    The wreck, called in at 4:23 a.m., was at the former Exxon gas station on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    “It was a single vehicle vs. a sign pole,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

    The injured were driver Charles Haga, 30, of Rockwood; passenger Shannon Sherrill, 23, of Westel; and three children younger than 3.

  • Changes afoot at Riverfront Park

    David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman will soon look much different.

    New playground equipment in cheerful blue, red and warm granite has been ordered to replace much of the existing equipment at the playground named after Tyler Wayne Davis.

    The new equipment will include a new jungle gym to replace an existing one.

    “The new piece that goes here will be a little shorter. It is designed for a younger age set,” explained City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Progress stinks on sewer deal transition for Roane Regional

    The Roane County Commission voted unanimously Monday to authorize the county attorney to contact Lenoir City Utilities Board regarding the status of an agreement addressing ownership of the sewer system at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    County Executive Ron Woody asked Commission for the authorization after what he described as a lack of communication from the utility following some “back-and-forth” discussions.

    Woody said he hopes the attorney can help advance the discussion.