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  • Officials miffed at behind-back decisions

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Officials are still mulling what to do with some vacated county property.

    However, one thing appears clear, some decisions about the space have already been made without input from the county’s property committee.

    George Myers, the man who oversaw construction of the new jail, told commissioners during a recent workshop that he’s been doing extensive work on a small, white house the county owns adjacent to the new jail.  

  • TVA still studying ash flurries

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    The cause behind the ash that floated through the air on Sept. 18 from the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant is still unknown.

    “We’re still investigating what has happened,” Kingston Fossil Plant Manager Leslie Nale said.

    “We believe the particulate is primarily fly ash,” she added.

    Nale said the plant began test burning higher sulfur coal on Sept. 7 after receiving a variance from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

  • Ash to be removed from river by spring 2010

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday that at least 1.2 million yards of fly ash from last year’s ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant have been removed from the Emory River and surrounding area.

    Statistics provided by TVA at last week’s public meeting indicated that 810,000 cubic yards of ash have been dredged from the river, with 390,000 cubic yards excavated from the surrounding land.

  • 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

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    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

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    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

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    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

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    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

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    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

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    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.”