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  • A few more hundred thousand dollars from TVA

    Roane County can expect another $400,000 or so in impact payments from TVA, the agency has announced.

    According to a news release, TVA has notified the state of Tennessee that Roane County and municipalities in the county are eligible for additional impact payments because of the Kingston ash spill recovery project.

    Those payments could begin as early as November.

  • Timeout called for by opponents of three-minute rule



    People who address the Roane County Commission will now have to keep their eyes on the clock.

    The commission has established a rule that sets a three-minute time limit for people who speak during the public comment time at meetings.

    The rule also asks that one representative be chosen to speak for a group. The school board has a similar policy.

  • Student with gun removed from Harriman High



    A student with a gun was removed without incident from Harriman High School Thursday, according to Director of Schools Toni McGriff.

    McGriff said officials originally believed the student meant to harm himself and no one else.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton confirmed Friday, however, that authorities now believe the student meant use the weapon to harm both himself and another student.

  • Road supervisor miffed at lack of consideration



    Disappointed? Yes.

    Surprised? No.

    That’s Roane County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby’s reaction to the lukewarm response he got from the TVA reparations foundation for $5 million for the highway department.

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation was established to disburse $43 million in TVA reparations money.

    Hamby made a verbal request to the Roane County Economic Development Foundation  for the $5 million on Sept. 16.

  • Roane's rivers to be studied years after ash cleanup



    A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official told residents all three Roane County rivers will be studied, well after the ash cleanup is over.

    While cleanup of the ash that clogged the Emory River is about a third of the way finished, EPA project manager Craig Zeller said spring flooding washed ash sediment down beyond the Clinch River and into the Tennessee River.

  • School board launches building project by hiring architects



    Roane County Board of Education acted quickly on starting its proposed building program by hiring architects recommended for individual building projects.

    The county allotted $32 million from monies given by TVA as an apology for the fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant last year.

    “I felt like we needed to have a meeting and get on with it,” said chairman Mike  “Brillo” Miller during a special-called board session last week.

  • Park View fights Rockwood's annexation attempt



    George White has his theory on why Rockwood officials want to expand the city’s boundaries into Park View subdivision.

    “The bottom line is very simple,” he told Rockwood City Council members Thursday. “The city of Rockwood is dying, and you want the folks in the annexed area to pay the funeral bill.”

  • Work on dream home grinds to halt



    Were his dreams crushed by disaster or were those dreams bigger than his wallet?

    Joseph Armes II insists the TVA ash spill, not investing beyond his means, is the reason he’s on the verge of financial ruin.

    Armes is the owner of an extravagant lakefront home tucked away on secluded acreage north of Kingston. The home was supposed to be the centerpiece of an affluent lakefront community Armes was going to develop in Roane County.

  • Attorney: Pinnacle Pointe developers owe a lot more money



    After mediation between Harriman and Prestige Land Co. — the developers of the Pinnacle Pointe development in Midtown — ended in failure last week, one city official said Prestige owes far more than the $230,000 or so a state audit indicated.

    Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom wouldn’t release actual figures, saying he was going to release them publicly at the next council meeting in November.

  • Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in fatal June shooting



    Roane County Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Hensley will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of a Swan Pond man.

    The shooting, which resulted in the death of David Dickey, happened on June 6.

    The case was investigated by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. District Attorney General Russell Johnson presented the TBI's findings before the Roane County Grand Jury on Tuesday. The grand jury voted unanimously not to recommend any criminal prosecution of Hensley.