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  • 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.

  • Woman to stand trial in car wreck

    A case against a woman charged with vehicular homicide can proceed, according to the District Attorney General’s Office.

    Nicole Lynne Lawson, 39, of Rockwood, is charged in the May 2009 fatal wreck on Hwy. 70 that left Gary Pugh of Crossville dead.

    The accident happened near Glenn Hill Road.

    The defense wanted to inspect the 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that Lawson was allegedly driving at the time of the accident.

  • Man accused of murder arrested in Roane County

    A McMinn County murder suspect was arrested in Roane County last week.

    Curtis Jordan III is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father.

    Curtis Jordan II, 42, was found shot to death at his home in Riceville on Jan. 10, 2010.

    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,  Curtis Jordan III was arrested without incident at a Roane County residence on March 9.

    Jordan, 18, was a juvenile at the time of the alleged murder.