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  • TVA touts changes to ash cleanup site

    TVA officials said three people showed up for a public meeting about the ash spill recovery earlier this month. The low turnout wasn’t a disappointment, officials said, when compared to the droves who would show up to meetings that were held the first few months after the disaster. 
    “I think that’s a good signal to us,” TVA executive Bob Deacy said. “We didn’t have any questions or concerns raised at that meeting.”

  • UPDATED: Kingston developer sues TVA

    Despite TVA’s multi-million-dollar attempts to make the community whole, plenty of people claim they are still hurting because of the 2008 fly ash spill at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
    One of them is Ladd Landing developer Matt Caldwell of Kingston. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Caldwell alleges his high-end development has been significantly diminished because of the disaster.

  • TVA ash spill foundation meeting Wednesday

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation — a committee formed after the TVA ash spill — will hold a special called meeting today (Wednesday) to hear project updates.
    TVA contributed about $43 million in support for economic development priorities in Roane County and its communities after the ash spill.
    The meeting is 10 a.m. at Kingston’s Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • Noisy compression brakes get muffled by Kingston

    After some wheezing and squealing — much like the target of their legislation — Kingston Council members hope they’ve finally found a way to bring renegade jake brakes to a grinding halt.

    Council members passed an ordinance on second reading that regulates the use of the Jacobs Engine Brake, a braking system used in long-haul trucks, at last week’s city council meeting.

  • Harriman change allows dorms

    Dormitories and boarding houses may soon be allowed in Harriman’s C2  commercial zones.

    That includes the downtown area, which already has living quarters inside many buildings.

    Harriman City Council last week approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the change.

  • Christmas at Whitestone

    Chris Nance chops mint for curry Waldorf salad while cooking for an event at Whitestone Country Inn Monday afternoon. Decorations and the aroma of holiday food filled the atmosphere during the last week of Advent.

  • Rockwood’s Hines changing hats

    Not quite done in Rockwood, outgoing city recorder Jim Hines has already gotten some temporary work in another city.

    He’ll be filling in at Harriman, where he was building inspector at one time, while current building inspector Maria Nelson is out for surgery.

    Nelson is taking several weeks off for the recovery, and Mayor Chris Mason said she decided to do so without pay or using any sick time.

    “I advised her not to, but she is. She recommended we use Jim Hines to fill in for her,” Mason said.

  • Ladd Landing developer among new TVA ash lawsuits

    TVA continues to find itself the subject of lawsuits over the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill.

    The most recent was filed Monday by Ladd Landing developer Matt Caldwell of Kingston. Parties to the lawsuit also include businesses and people who own property in the development.

    The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages “in an amount that fairly compensates plaintiffs for their various damages and losses, together with interest and costs.”

  • McGriff announces retirement

    The time has come for the Roane County Board of Education to search for a new director of schools. Board Chairman Sam Cox received a letter from current director Toni McGriff, informing him of her intentions to retire at the end of the fiscal year.
    “I want to give the board time to do what they need to do,” McGriff said.
    The board hired McGriff in 2005. She’s received two contract extensions during her tenure, with the most recent coming last March for one year.

  • No plans to prosecute for audit finding

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson does not plan to prosecute anyone for an audit finding in the Roane County Road Department.
    State auditors discovered a road department employee asked a vendor to change the date on an invoice for diesel fuel. By changing the invoice date, the $22,766.24 purchase was inappropriately expensed in the 2011-12 fiscal year on the county’s accounting records instead of the 2010-11 year, when the purchase was actually made.