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  • White cloud indicates startup of new scrubber

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Cleaner emissions from TVA’s Kingston Fossil plant will come in the form of a big white cloud of steam.

    The first of two scrubber units will be online this week at the plant. All units are scheduled to be online by spring 2010.

    Scrubbers, the units being put in place around the TVA system, are another step the plant is making toward cleaner air under the Clean Air Act.

    “The purpose of the scrubber is to remove the sulfur dioxide,” said Bob Rehberg, maintenance manager.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Trucking of ash to neighboring counties to begin soon

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Trucks full of TVA fly ash will soon be emanating from Roane County to landfills in outlying areas. State officials has approved a "limited land disposal test run" beginning July 15, according to Tisha Calabrese-Benton, communications director for Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    The test runs are to four Class I Tennessee landfills in McMinn, Loudon, Anderson/Knox and Scott counties.

  • Cause of fly ash disaster released Thursday

    TVA has scheduled a meeting in Knoxville Thursday morning to announce what caused the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster that has altered the face of Roane County. The engineering firm that did the analysis will present its results. Look for details here or in the Friday edition of the Roane County News.

  • Beverly Stroh, Rockwood's industrial recruiter dies

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Still reeling after the death of a city councilman last week, Rockwood has lost another city official this week.

    Beverly Stroh, who was economic development coordinator for the city, died early Wednesday of a stroke, according to City Coordinator Jim Hines.

  • Is Pinnacle Pointe dispute nearing an end?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A dispute that has been going on roughly two years may be a few months from resolution.

    Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright made the motion last week to set a 90-day timeline to settle the ongoing who-owes-whom debate between Harriman and the developers of Prestige Land Co.

    “Lets move on with it,” Wright said.

  • Another trial set in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky and Leon Houston took the main entrance into the courthouse on Thursday.

    The brothers were released on bond last week.

    Gone are the shackles and handcuffs and having to be shuffled in through a side entrance flanked by officers.

    Their newfound freedom apparently didn’t sit well with a family member of one of the men the brothers are accused of killing.

  • New landfill rules for fly ash come late

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Legislation that would set requirements for the storage of coal fly ash in landfills was passed by the state senate this week.

    Under Senate Bill 1559, landfills would have to contain a liner and be capped properly in order for the state to grant a permit for the storage of fly ash.

  • Dredging begins on Emory River

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA officials estimate 3 million yards of fly ash is in the Emory River.

    The process to remove it began Thursday with the start of dredging operations. The goal is to get the ash back on TVA land.

    Officials with the utility company are expressing confidence the plan will be a success.

    “We know that the dredging in the river will absolutely get it all out,” ash spill incident commander Tim Hope said.

  • Marty Duncan retains lessons from his father as he heads Ford dealership

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    In a changing of the guard at a prominent Roane County business, Marty Duncan has taken the helm at Jerry Duncan Ford.

    The sale was complete on March 1, the anniversary of when Marty’s father, Jerry, bought the Harriman dealership in 1975.

    “It is a really good deal for both of us,” Marty said.

  • Home builder, county attorney in spat over sign

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Editor's note: Watch video of a hallway spat at the end of the story,

    A rich and powerful bully or a hard-working taxpayer?

    Bob Markli insists he’s the latter.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland disagrees.