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  • Ash spill second anniversary nears, cleanup continues

    Heavy yellow equipment became a regular sight at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant following the fly ash catastrophe.

    The sight is still common nearly two years later as work on the recovery effort continues.

    “I guess it would be 2014 when we would expect to be completed,” said Barbara Martocci, TVA’s senior manager for media relations.

    Wednesday, Dec. 22, will mark two years since the disaster.

  • Mynatt suffers ruptured appendix

    Harriman City Councilman and Roane County Sheriff’s Office Major Ken Mynatt was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix over the weekend and is still recovering at the hospital at press time.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason asked for the absent Mynatt to be included when Councilman Lonnie Wright led the prayer before the Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14.

  • Road chief defends performance on roads

    Many Roane County roads were still covered in dangerous slick ice Thursday morning, well after weather forecaster said they should be clear.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said road crews began salting roads in Roane County 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and were still at work noon Thursday.

    He said the icy rain coating everything started earlier than his department expected.

    Accidents caused crews to change routes and also slowed them down, Hamby added.

  • TVA finds leak at gypsum containment

    A routine inspection of the gypsum pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant on Wednesday discovered clear water seeping from a single area on the side of the facility.

    Maintenance work is underway to stop the seepage, according to a TVA news release.  Emergency officials and Roane COunty Executive Ron Woody were notified.

    Gypsum is a limestone product resulting from pollution-control processes.  The seepage poses no hazard.  

  • Too Cold for a Bath
  • County faces slip-and-fall suit

     

  • Residents cope during cold snap

    Cold weather lulled Roane County and surrounding communities into stillness as temperatures began dropping over the weekend.
    Rockwood Electric Utility manager Kendall Bear said probably 1,500 customers were out of power on Saturday, but the cause wasn’t weather related.
    Customers were in Kingston in areas including Centers Farm, parts of Brentwood, Paint Rock Ferry, behind Cherokee Middle and up around Kingston Elementary, Bear said.
    “A piece of wire that burned on a circuit knocked two breakers out,” he added.

  • Firefighters face extremes during cold-weather blazes

    Rockwood firefighters fought off bitter cold as they battled two blazes in freezing temperatures, including one in which they rescued an injured woman and several pets.
    Inez Newman was rescued from a fire at 624 Trinity Avenue around 5 a.m. Sunday, according to Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz.
    Wertz said she was rescued from an upstairs bedroom by Capt. Tim Robinson and firefighters Jimmy Pelfrey and Matt Crabtree.
    “She apparently was down on smoke; she couldn’t get out,” Wertz said.

  • County faces slip-and-fall suit

    Roane County officials realized there was a problem with the courthouse steps and had them remodeled over the summer.
    Geraldine Seiber said that came too late for her.
    She is suing Roane County for $300,000 for a fall she had on the steps on Sept. 14, 2009.

  • Kind-stranger killing has Roane links

    A man who should have been grateful instead killed — or helped kill — a kind stranger who picked him up, fed him and gave him shelter.

    That’s what the San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department is saying about Michael Dane Arrowood, a man with  Roane County ties who has been arrested after authorities reopened a cold case file in the ’91 slaying.