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  • I-40 tractor trailer wreck
  • TVA opens new bridge at Swan Pond

    For more than a year TVA, has been using trains to ship ash to a landfill in Alabama.
    That could end soon.
    “Shipping of time-critical ash will end in early December,” TVA said in an e-mail to members of the Roane County Community Advisory Group.
    TVA plans to have a site luncheon to mark the end of the train shipments, which are part of the agency’s effort to clean up the mess caused by the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    A lot of the ash that was released during the disaster ended up in the Emory River.

  • Messy Helen property cleaned, owner to be released from jail

    Junk is no longer scattered across Helen Hayes’ property.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said officials checked it out on Monday and are pleased with what’s been done.

    “When the county officials come back to me and tell me that the property is no longer in violation, that’s what I need to hear,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, the only thing left to do in this case is put it on the docket and make sure that the court costs are paid.”  

  • Ron Berry named interim director for Rockwoood utilities

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry knows the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas operation.

    The former longtime utility board member was unanimously approved to be an interim part-time manager for the utility at a special-called Rockwood City Council meeting to discuss the position and the city’s budget.

    Berry told the council he began thinking of what he could do as he reflected on the utility’s woes he read about in the newspaper.

  • County also cited for trashiness

    Earlier this year, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation cited Roane County for unsatisfactory litter control at the Midtown Recycling Center.

    According to TDEC reports, the county was put on notice about the problem during an inspection on May 5.

    TDEC inspected the center again on May 17 and cited the county for the same problem.

    “Progress has been made,” the inspector wrote in the comment section of the May 17 report. “All litter must be picked up.”

  • Meth lab cleaned up near Rockwood

    Authorities discovered a meth lab at 1303 Black Jack Road near Rockwood on Monday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John H. Mayes said the cleanup took more than six hours.  

    No one was charged, but Mayes said they did find some receipts for pseudoephedrine, which is a main precursor for meth.

    A state database could help authorities find out who purchased the pseudoephedrine.

    Mayes said that could be a valuable lead in determining who was responsible for the lab.
     

  • UPDATE: Fatal accident South of the River

    Two people were killed and two other victims were transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center Monday morning following a fiery accident at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road and Hwy. 58.

    Law enforcement and emergency responders confirmed the double fatality at the scene.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol later identified the deceased as Ronnie Ray Brummitt and Matthew A. Sneed. The wreck could have been more horrific if not for quick thinking on those arriving on the scene before police or rescue personnel.

  • Treasures still on tap

    Nov. 6 came and went this year without a Founders’ Day celebration.
    However, that doesn’t mean one won’t happen in the future.
    New County Executive Ron Woody said he plans to continue having the event.
    “We probably will not do that until January or February,” he told commissioners at their Nov. 8 meeting.

  • Second try for budget in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council will once again be considering a second reading on a budget this Monday, Nov. 15.
    “Basically what I’m doing, I’m putting the budget we passed on first reading right, putting it on the table and I’m going to allow the council, if they have any amendments to that, I’m going to allow them in accordance with the law make recommendations,” said Mayor James Watts.
    The suggested budget has some employees getting a raise while the rest are only up for a bonus.

  • Rockwood man aims to bring an end to malaria

    Evangelist Leonard Heatherly of Rockwood has grown tired of waiting.
    Filled with passion and a sense of urgency, both Heatherly and his wife, Janie, are working hard to bring what could be a low-cost cure for malaria to the African people.
    Heatherly has been working steadily and progressively to grow wormwood tea in Africa since he started hearing about it in 2006.
    Also referred to as artemisia, this herbal tea is grown in China and has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years to control malaria.