Local News

  • Japan disaster affecting future Watts Bar drills

    Disaster drills at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in nearby Rhea County could be more challenging in the future because of the disaster that occurred in Japan.  

    “Used to, we might have an event that was an earthquake at one unit that would result in damage to the plant and possible releases of radiation,” said Ray Golden, TVA senior manager of nuclear communications.

  • Board returns Bruner's rights to practice law

    Harriman attorney Spence Bruner should soon see his rights to practice law restored.

    He recently attended an appeal in front of a panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, who recommended Bruner be allowed to return to practice without restrictions on April 20.

    The panel recessed five minutes before returning and recommending Bruner return to full practice, said a release from Bruner’s attorney, Chris Cawood.

    The Supreme Court must sign an order to reinstate Bruner.

  • Woody wants workers to get raises, but 'I'm not making any promises'

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen isn’t the only elected official who would like to see raises for employees included in the next budget.

    “I would love to see them get a raise,” Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said. “With the economy, everything is going up and everybody is having a hard time.”

    Officials are still in the early stages of putting together a budget for the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1.

  • Longtime News employee Frederick calling it a career


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  • Papermill cleanup on hold for now

    Waiting is still the safest option when it comes to the future of the former Harriman Papermill site.

    “My recommendation for the city at this time is to stay away from the site,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency retiree Andy Avel.

    Avel has been working with Harriman officials on possible cleanup of the property, which has been owned by several different companies over the years.

    The site along the Emory River is under EPA consideration for possible cleanup designations.

  • Driver killed in Gallaher collision

    A 78-year-old Ten Mile man was killed in an automobile crash on Gallaher Road Tuesday.

    The collision involved a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Amos H. Woods and a 2005 tractor trailer driven by David Burkhart of Knoxville.

    Woods was killed.

    Burkhart, 48, was hauling aluminum shavings.

    The crash happened near Rarity Ridge subdivision.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Burkhart was entering the roadway from a parking lot.

  • Line break closes 70E to traffic

    A burst water main across from TVA Credit Union on Hwy. 70 on Tuesday closed the highway’s eastbound lane and snarled traffic for most of the day.

    “When it busted, it was just a mess,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam of the 16-inch main blowout that happened at about noon.

    “It appeared to us that the existing pipeline had pushed apart inside the casing pipe,” Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said. “It appeared to have been leaking some time.”

  • TVA denies making Ladd Landing mess

    A pile of large stumps, limbs, dirt and a handful of tires stands in stark contrast to the image of Kingston’s High Street community in Ladd Landing.

    The pile sits in or near a TVA power line right of way just inside the High Street gate.

    “This has been here for years, but it has gotten worse,” said resident David Naus.