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  • TDEC fines trucking company for unapproved air contaminant source

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Rogers Group Inc. $750 last month for operating a generator without a valid permit.

    According to TDEC, the generator was installed at the Rogers Group’s Roane County facility on Quarry Road in 1999.

    “The respondent (Rogers Group) took ownership of operations of this facility in July 2008, which included a nonpermitted air contaminant source (non-emergency generator),” the order said.

  • Zoning change attempt gets pushback

    Residents have to wait until January to hear the Roane County Commission’s decision on a controversial rezoning in East Roane County.

    Although it was on this month’s agenda, commissioners postponed the vote at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    William and Joanna McCarroll have asked that their property at 4709 Kingston Hwy. (Hwy. 70) be rezoned from developing agricultural to rural business.

    The Dollar General chain is planning to build a store there if the property is rezoned.

  • Roane gets recycling grant

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid and Waste Management has announced approximately $531,820 will go toward the purchase of recycling equipment to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

    That includes $25,000 for Roane to go toward a $100,000 sorter line.

    Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase key equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of existing systems, or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing.

  • Two killed in wreck

    Two people were killed and another injured in a three-vehicle accident on Hwy. 27 at Eagle Furnace Road on Tuesday evening.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a 1993 Buick Riviera was traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy. 27 when it crossed into the path of a second vehicle, a 2009 Hyundai Evo traveling southbound on Hwy. 27, causing the Evo to strike a third vehicle, a Toyota Previa.

    The driver of the Buick, Brenda Gardner, 64, Rockwood, as well as passenger Kaleb Poe, a 20-year-old from Spring City who was riding in the Evo, were both killed.

  • Railroad improvements at 4 crossings

    Four railroad crossing projects are moving along in Roane County, including one at an intersection where two young adults lost their lives and two others were injured this year.

    Harriman native and Roane State Raiderette basketball player Jadah Gallaher and Roane State Raider basketball player Rod Drummond were killed when their vehicle was struck by a train. Jadah’s brother Darius Gallaher and a friend Hunter Crass were injured in the accident.

  • Stout’s new job now officially his

    Roane County Commissioners approved Scott Stout’s appointment as director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services at Monday’s commission meeting. He had been the acting director of the agency.

    “I think Scott is very worthy,” Commissioner Carolyn Granger said. “He has paid his dues.”

  • County executive takes a dive

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody didn’t have any scuba diving experience, but that didn’t stop him.

    Last week, he went under the sea in Florida to visit Roane State Community College professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain. The two have been living at Jules’ Undersea Lodge at the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, breaking a record for underwater living.

    “It was a wonderful experience,” Woody said.

  • State certifies county jail despite issues

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute’s Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail at its Dec. 3 meeting in Nashville.

    “We’re thankful for that,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    TCI Detention Facility Specialist Denise Messer found overcrowding in the women’s housing pod during two jail inspections this year.

    However, following her last inspection on Sept. 12, Messer recommended that the jail be certified with another plan of action.

  • Murder case pushed back again

    Another date has come and gone without a trial in the Eric Gallaher voluntary manslaughter case.

    Gallaher is charged in the death of David Harvey, who was found dead outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011. Police allege Gallaher punched Harvey after a fender-bender in the bar’s parking lot.

    Gallaher was scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court, but the case was postponed.

    His attorney, Donice Butler, cannot practice law because she’s under suspension by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Firefighters aglow in parade