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  • Houstons shed monitoring bracelets

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The electronic monitoring bracelets brothers Rocky and Leon Houston had been wearing since their release on bond in March could soon be back in possession of the monitoring company. 

    “The bracelets are off,” Rocky said Friday. “They came off, I’m saying, about 9, 9:30 this morning, something like that.”

    Rocky said they were going to ship the bracelets back to Tracking Solutions LLC by mail.

  • Liquor stores may be open in Rockwood soon

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    The city that was a spot on the infamous Thunder Road will have two liquor stores opening their doors soon.

    These two liquor stores would be the first allowed in Rockwood and expect to be open by Labor Day, according to city recorder Jim Hines.

    In the November 2008 election, referendums for the allowance of package liquor stores and liquor by the drink were placed on the ballot after petitions were circulated and gained the required signatures.

  • Ash is 'hazardous' when in transport

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Whether trucks or trains, Roane County Emergency Management Director Howie Rose said it’s common for things in transit to have signs that denote potential hazards.

    Such is the case with the trains shipping ash from TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant to a landfill in Perry County, Ala.

  • Harriman officials OK'd to live elsewhere

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman has been in violation of its own charter, having multiple department heads residing outside the city limits.

    Now, after Harriman City Council unanimously approved charter changes that came back from the state assembly last month, that is no longer an issue.

    Among department heads living outside the city are Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The council approved the changes, which included the deletion of a residency requirement, last month.

  • Despite disaster, TVA still plans wet storage of gypsum

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Despite recent critical revelations about its wet ash storage, TVA is still planning to use a wet system to store gypsum at the Kingston Fossil Plant.     

    “The plans are to put the gypsum in the gypsum pond, and it is currently a wet storage,” TVA Environmental Executive Anda Ray said.

  • Ridenour cleared of charges in relation to Hyatte escape

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Randall Ridenour may have violated Tennessee Department of Correction's policy, but his actions didn't constitute a criminal offense.

    Because of that, Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen dismissed a facilitation charge against him on Wednesday. 

    “This case shows a violation of policy, which is an administration situation,” Eblen said. “But it does not in the court's opinion rise to a criminal aspect, although it could have.”

  • Kingston assault case turns into murder investigation

    STAFF REPORTS

    An aggravated-assault case has turned into a homicide investigation for the Kingston Police Department. Seventeen-year-old Tyler Webb, who was shot at his home on Third Street on June 30, died earlier this week, according to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    “He had been in the hospital in critical condition in ICU up until two days ago, and he finally passed away due to complications,” he said.

    No arrests have been made in the case.     

  • Kingston gets lukewarm response from TVA

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    A letter sent to the Kingston City Council by the Tennessee Valley Authority has left city officials  unimpressed.

    The letter was in response to one sent by the council in regard to its requests to TVA because of the Dec. 22, 2008, fly ash spill that sent 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into surrounding areas and waterways.

    Early on, the city requested that TVA replace the Kingston sewer plant.

  • Judge revokes Rocky Houston's bond; Leon still free

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    After nearly five months of freedom, Rocky Houston is back behind bars.

    Special Judge David Hayes revoked his bond Friday afternoon and ordered him back to jail. Special prosecutor Kenneth Irvine argued that the bond should be revoked because Rocky committed numerous violations of his bond conditions since his release from jail in March. The judge agreed.

    “You have violated the conditions of release,” Hayes said.

  • Mystery industry close to committing

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A mystery industry interested in locating in Harriman is closer to making a commitment to moving to the city’s industrial park property off Fiske Road.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said company representatives he and other officials have been communicating with are close to making a real offer.

    Harriman officials are keeping mum on the industry’s identity, but Mason admitted in a phone interview that it is an environmental technology company of sorts.