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  • Selling TVA? Think again

    President Barack Obama’s plan to explore selling TVA was sharply criticized by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

    “There is no assurance that selling TVA to a profit-making entity would reduce electric bills in the Tennessee Valley — which should be the overriding objective — and it could lead to higher electricity rates,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.

    Obama sent his budget for the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year to Congress on Wednesday.

  • Runner Boston-bound

    Tara Stockton has dreamed of running in the Boston Marathon ever since participating in her first long-distance race in 2001.
    Come Monday, she no longer has to dream.
    Stockton, who lives in Harriman, will be one of thousands of runners from around the world participating in the 2013 Boston Marathon.
    “This is my 15th run as far as a full marathon,” Stockton said. “I said if I ever got to do Boston, I was going to have fun, so this one is strictly going to be for the enjoyment.”

  • Whimsical display has somber side

    The pinwheels in front of the courthouse in Kingston are bright and colorful, but the problems they represent are dark.
    “Each pinwheel represents a victim of child abuse in Roane County,” a banner in front of the collection of blue and silver pinwheels states.
    Representatives of Roane County and the Kids First Child Advocacy Center planted the pinwheels in the courthouse lawn last week.

  • County rejects ankle bracelets

    A plan to appropriate $25,000 for an ankle-bracelet monitoring program failed to pass the Roane County Commission Monday night. Six commissioners voted for the resolution, and six voted against it.
    “Motion fails for lack of a majority,” Chairman James Brummett declared.
    Officials said an ankle bracelet program could have helped alleviate some of the overcrowding issues at the Roane County Jail.

  • Mom accused of holding boy for son to hit

    The case of a Rockwood woman accused of holding a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him was continued in Roane County General Sessions Court Monday.
    On March 20, Rockwood police responded to a call about an assault on a child at Courtney Square Apartments.
    The report said Rene T. Lee observed Latoya Brown push her 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.
    A witness told police Brown pushed “Dominic” down and then grabbed him by the shirt and held him so her son could hit him, police reported.

  • Joint project at lakefront

    Kingston City Council is supporting a Bethel Presbyterian amphitheater project that would be funded by the church, but operated by the city parks and recreation department.
    At a work session last week, officials placed conceptual drawings for Three Rivers Amphitheater on its April 9 council agenda for approval.
    The South Kentucky Street church first approached council with the project last year.

  • Harriman prepares for second ‘Great Land Sale’

    Now is the time for anyone interested in locating in downtown Harriman to take a good look around.
    Officials announced that more than a dozen city-owned buildings, including the former home of Roane Medical Center, will be available for tours in coming months.
    Mayor Chris Mason said the city has fielded a lot of questions about the fate of the buildings vacated by the hospital, which moved to a new building in Midtown.

  • TVA names new officer

    Charles G. “Chip” Pardee is the new executive vice president and chief generation officer of TVA.
    TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said Pardee will be responsible for optimizing TVA’s fleet of generation resources, including nuclear, coal, gas, hydroelectric and renewables, to meet energy demands across the Tennessee Valley.
    Pardee will also oversee TVA’s river operations, fuel procurement and power trading operations.

  • Train museum plans change

    After many ups and downs over more than a decade, it was decided this week that a new facility for the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum at Heritage Center would not be built due to budget constraints. 
    The lowest qualified bid for the 3,315-square-foot facility came in at nearly $1 million — 26 percent more than expected. The Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee’s Heritage Center, LLC, along with SARM, determined that the cost was prohibitive to move ahead with construction.  

  • Odd Lots: Documenting the quirky side of Roane County

     

    A figure dressed to be a small child was intended to casually lean up against this 1957 Chevy, but instead looks more like a victim after it blew over at the Rockwood Thunder Road car show Saturday .