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  • Gypsy moths being fought in Roane

    State and federal officials are teaming together to take on a soft-bellied, delicate but tough enemy.
     The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning to eradicate gypsy moth infestations in Roane, Bledsoe and Cumberland counties.
    The 53-acre-area affected in Roane is around the Philadelphia community near the Meigs County line.
    Public informational meetings will be held for area residents who would like information about this forest health issue and the treatment plan.

  • Stillman punishment extended 3 years

    STAFF REPORTS
    A former Roane County attorney's year-long suspension was extended by three years this month by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
    A news release from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee said that Kathy B. Stillman, Knoxville, will have to pay $875 in restitution to a client and be surpervised by a practice monitor for six months as a condition to her reinstatement.
    The board release said that Stillman violated disciplinary rules by abandoning a case and failing to respond to the board.

  • New EPA proposals for mercury emissions

    In response to a court deadline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants.  

  • Long winter has trashy impact

    After a long, desolate winter, many of Roane County’s litter-strewn roadways should begin looking cleaner again.

    Carelessly tossed trash — especially along some of the county’s busiest roadways — was especially noticeable this winter.

    A few weeks ago, roads leading to Whitestone Inn, one of Roane County’s most luxurious resorts, were an embarrassment of beer cans, soda bottles and fast-food bags and boxes.

    Now that fair weather has arrived, officials said that situation will change across the county.

  • Census data show 4 percent population growth for county

    Roane County grew by 2,271 people over the past decade, according to figures from the 2010 Census.

    The data, released this week, shows Roane County with a population of 54,181.

    That represents an increase of 4.4 percent from 2000.

    Loudon County had the biggest growth of any nearby county. The population there increased 24.2 percent over the last decade.

  • Lawyer Mike Ritter is reinstated

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter has been reinstated to practice law by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Ritter was temporarily suspended by the court on Jan. 31.

    According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, the suspension stemmed from his failure to respond to the board about a complaint of misconduct.

    Ritter couldn’t be reached on Thursday, but he vehemently denied any wrongdoing when asked about the allegations last month.

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  • Commissioners growl over Hurley's Tiger Haven bill inaction

    Roane County Commissioners passed a motion Monday night that requests Republican state Rep. Julia Hurley to appear before them to explain why she didn’t file a bill on their behalf.

    The commission voted 15-0 in January to request that the Tennessee General Assembly adopt a law to require tracking devices for animals housed at Tiger Haven.

    State Sen. Ken Yager sponsored the bill in the Senate. Hurley did not sponsor it in the House.

  • Adult business regulations adopted

    If someone wants to open an adult business in Roane County, they now have some regulations to follow. The Roane County Commission amended its zoning Monday night to put the rules in place.  

    The county defines an adult-oriented business as one in which at least 30 percent of the floor stock merchandise is oriented toward the adult population and appeals to prurient interests. Such merchandise, the rules state, generally depicts male or female genitalia, breasts and sexual acts.