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  • TVA missed testing snafu for 4 months

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Tucked between messages that the ash spill cleanup is on track and human health has not been compromised, an environmental official at TVA’s ash spill meeting Tuesday had some news the public probably won’t feel as good about.

    One is that the Emory River closure, which was due to expire in the middle of February, is now being extended into May.

  • More TVA funds given

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    More TVA reparations money has been appropriated by the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

    The foundation board met last Tuesday and voted to fund requests from the city of Rockwood, Roane County and The Roane Alliance.

    Rockwood should get a big infrastructure boost with the TVA money.

    The board approved the city’s request of a bit more than $1.9 million for upgrades to its water and wastewater systems.

    Two paving projects are also included.

  • TVA says no to long-term health study on ash impacts

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County’s request for a TVA-funded long-term health study has been denied.

    In a letter to Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, TVA environmental executive Anda Ray said the agency doesn’t feel such a program is necessary at this time.

  • Stockton watching for competition

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Sheriff Jack Stockton has seen a lot during his more than 20 years in law enforcement.

    One thing he said he hasn’t seen is an incumbent sheriff run for re-election unopposed.

    He’s not expecting that to happen this year, either. 

    “I’m sure I’ll have an opponent,” Stockton said. “I’ve never known a sheriff to run unopposed.”

  • Activist, environmental journalists arrested at TVA's Kingston plant

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    TVA police arrested three people, an environmental activist and two reporters from an environmental publication, at the Kingston Fossil Plant Wednesday afternoon.

  • Little public comment on state's health assessment

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    An official with the Tennessee Department of Health said public comment on its health assessment of the TVA ash spill has been lackluster.

    “We haven’t received a lot of calls or e-mails or any comments at all,” Communications Director Andrea Turner said.

    The department released the health assessment on the spill in December. It is accepting comments on the assessment through Feb. 9.  

  • Man dies in Harriman fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    The Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office is assisting in the investigation of a Friday morning fatal house fire at 114 Poplar St., Harriman.

    Harriman officials said  A.J. Melton was found dead between the kitchen and living room area of his burned home.

    “They were good neighbors,” said Johnny “Sambo” Plemons, who lives next door and was among the people who reported the fire to authorities.

  • State cites TVA for leaking pond in Kingston

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA violated the requirements of its permit for its flue gas desulfurization stormwater pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant last fall, state officials say.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the violations were for failing to make timely notification of a possible leak and for an unpermitted discharge.

    The flue gas desulfurization stormwater pond is occasionally called the gypsum stilling pond.  

  • Kingston lands national bass tourney

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    After a year of being swamped in bad publicity, Kingston and Watts Bar Lake have some good news.

    The city and the lake will be the location of The Bass Federation’s national championship in April.

    City officials announced the tournament at a recent city council meeting.

  • Haiti mission trip takes on urgency

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood residents Mark Foster and Jay Cooley were on a mission trip in Haiti when a devastating earthquake hit the country on Tuesday.

    Family members of the two Rockwood First Christian Church members said they are well and trying to get back home.

    “I got an e-mail from the U.S. Embassy,” said Kara Foster, Mark Foster's wife and pastor of Rockwood First Christian Church. “They had a message for me from him. It just said he was OK.”