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Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.  

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  • County faces slip-and-fall suit