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  • Ice, ice baby
  • Harriman wants to open dialogue on urban growth

    Roane County and its communities may soon meet for the first time in years to discuss their urban growth boundaries.

    Harriman Councilman Lonnie Wright made the motion to have Mayor Chris Mason request a meeting of the coordinating committee.

    The committee is a group of selected representatives from each community and the county who work together to reach agreement on changes to the urban growth boundary map.  

  • Dyllis area families get holiday food help from TVA

    Some needy students should have plenty to eat over the Christmas break, thanks to the efforts of TVA employees.

    Cynthia McCowan, a program administrator for the agency, said the workers were instrumental in helping meet a request for 22 food baskets from Dyllis Elementary School.

    The plastic containers were filled with food and delivered to the school last week.   

  • Pine Ridge getting traffic light

    Dealing with a backup of traffic trying to exit Interstate 40 in Midtown may be a thing of the past.

    The Harriman City Council accepted an offer by the state to install a traffic light at the mile marker 350 westbound exit at Pine Ridge Road.

    Mayor Chris Mason said the state did a study of the interchange and offered to install a traffic light. The city would be responsible for its maintenance.

    When that light will be installed is not certain at press time.

  • Correction

    In the Monday, Dec. 13, issue of Roane County News, Kaylee Patterson was misidentified as Sara Hamby in the Walnut Hill Elementary Christmas program photo on page 1.

  • Rockwood lands in redevelopment program

    Rockwood’s downtown is the focus of a well-recognized revitalization program.
    The community was one of 12 selected this year to participate in the Main Street program affiliate, Tennessee Downtowns.
    Tennessee Downtowns is “a community improvements program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts,” according to a news release from Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
    The program concentrates on a designated project area in a commercial district that is 50 years or older.

  • TVA's gypsum pond springs leak

    TVA’s effort to regain public confidence took another hit Wednesday.

    A leak was discovered in the gypsum pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The leak was stopped around 1 a.m. Thursday, said TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci.

    In a news release, TVA said the pond was leaking water.

  • Ice so bad fire truck flips

    Ice-covered roads prevented many motorists from successfully getting around Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

    Among those skidding off the road were emergency responders.

    Things got scary for West Roane Volunteer Fire Chief Charlie Redwine and his crew when their truck flipped while responding to a call around midnight Wednesday.

    They were on their way to help a stranded motorists whose vehicle was stuck on the side of Winton Chapel Road near Rockwood.

  • 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.