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  • Coal ash spill stirs lots of interest

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    Celebrity environmentalist Erin Brokovich will be in town Friday with a legal team.

    The American Coal Ash Association is beating her to the punch.

    The American Coal Ash Association, a Colorado-based trade group whose mission is proclaimed as “advancing the management and use of coal combustion products,” is holding a public meeting Thursday at Midtown Elementary School gymnasium at 2830 Roane State Hwy.

  • Teen has hot ticket to history-making event

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An Oliver Springs youth gets to witness history first hand next week in Washington, D.C.

    Dillon Shelton, 14, an Oliver Springs Elementary School eighth-grader, will be involved in the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th U.S. president.

    Shelton is attending as a participant with the Junior Presidential Youth Inauguration Conference.

    “Politics has always been something I’ve been interested in; politics and history,” Shelton said.

  • New TVA scrubber will mean cleaner air soon

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Technology that will reduce air pollution across East Tennessee is scheduled to start working at the Kingston Fossil Plant about a year from now.

    “We’re on schedule to be on line in early to mid-November ’09; we’ll actually be scrubbing flue gas,” said Robert Rehberg, an official with the Kingston plant.

    The scrubber will use a limestone slurry mix to clean the emissions of sulfur dioxide, a byproduct of the coal-burning process the plant uses.

  • Former Harriman Mayor Wester Dies

    Former Harriman mayor Harold Wester died Tuesday.

    In his many years of public service, Wester also had been a member of the city council  and a member of the Roane Quarterly Court — the predecessor to the county commission.

    State Sen..-elect Ken Yager of Harriman called Wester “a real servant of the people."

  • Corker says cleanup costs will be TVA's to bear

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said he spoke at length with TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore during a stop in Roane County on Monday.

    One thing that didn’t come up, according to the senator, was whether TVA plans to increase power rates to cover cleanup costs in the area affected by last month’s ash slide at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.  

  • Fly ash spill becoming poster child

  • Big crowd gets chance to talk to TVA directly

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

        Finding out what caused the fly-ash impoundment to fail at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant has dropped a notch in priority because TVA plans to shift away from that system.

        That's what TVA President Tom Kilgore told an audience of several hundred people Sunday who showed up in Kingston looking for answers.

  • Kingston holding 4:30 p.m. meeting to discuss fly ash disaster

    The Kingston City Council is holding a special-called meeting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 28) to discuss impacts and the city's response to the TVA fly ash impoundment break. The emergency meeting at the Kingston Community Center was called by Councilmen Kevin McClure and Brant Willians, and the public is invited.

    At this meeting, the city of Kingston will begin the process of formulating its official reaction and response to the massive TVA fly ash spill, according to Williams.

  • Jury will continue deliberations Friday

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • Houston deliberations emotional for jury, too

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The return of the jury verdict in Rocky Houston's double-murder trial isn't just an emotional time for families of the deceased and the accused.

    It's apparently an emotional time for the jury as well.

    One of the female jurors was crying when Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott allowed the jury to break for lunch Friday. Her face was red, and her eyes were teary as she filed out of the courtroom with her fellow jurors just after 11 a.m.