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  • Time may be running out on ash spill lawsuits

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Instead of being made “whole” by negotiating a settlement with TVA, some people who felt damaged by the agency because of the fly ash catastrophe chose to seek their reparations through litigation.

    Those who didn’t could be running out of time. The one-year anniversary of the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster is fast approaching.

    “If you have any kind of injury, you’d probably want to file your suit before the year is up,” Harriman attorney Bill Newcomb said.

  • Man plans to revive home gun sales issue later

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The decision by the Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals to deny a Midtown man a special-use permit to sell firearms out of his home stands.

    The issue may not be over, however.

    Jack Yokley’s Chancery Court complaint to overturn the board’s decision was tossed out at his request.

  • Breaking News Leon Houston returned to jail

    Leon Houston, awaiting his second trial on charges of murder in the slayings of a sheriff's deputy and his friend, was ordered back to jail Thursday morning after he said he was unable to pay for his monitoring bracelet.

    See more as information becomes available, or read the story in Friday's edition of the Roane County News.

  • Tornado Watch until 10 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 767 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT /9 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS, INCLUDING ROANE COUNTY: 

    IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 2 COUNTIES

    IN SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA

    CHEROKEE CLAY

    IN TENNESSEE THIS WATCH INCLUDES 33 COUNTIES IN EAST TENNESSEE :

  • Nov. 9 Update: Rain could have moved evidence in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Something worried TBI forensic scientist Robert Daniel Royse when he made the trip from Nashville to Roane County on May 11, 2006.   

    “It was raining the entire way,” Royse said. 

  • 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.