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  • Despite disaster, TVA still plans wet storage of gypsum

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Despite recent critical revelations about its wet ash storage, TVA is still planning to use a wet system to store gypsum at the Kingston Fossil Plant.     

    “The plans are to put the gypsum in the gypsum pond, and it is currently a wet storage,” TVA Environmental Executive Anda Ray said.

  • Ridenour cleared of charges in relation to Hyatte escape

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Randall Ridenour may have violated Tennessee Department of Correction's policy, but his actions didn't constitute a criminal offense.

    Because of that, Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen dismissed a facilitation charge against him on Wednesday. 

    “This case shows a violation of policy, which is an administration situation,” Eblen said. “But it does not in the court's opinion rise to a criminal aspect, although it could have.”

  • Kingston assault case turns into murder investigation

    STAFF REPORTS

    An aggravated-assault case has turned into a homicide investigation for the Kingston Police Department. Seventeen-year-old Tyler Webb, who was shot at his home on Third Street on June 30, died earlier this week, according to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    “He had been in the hospital in critical condition in ICU up until two days ago, and he finally passed away due to complications,” he said.

    No arrests have been made in the case.     

  • Kingston gets lukewarm response from TVA

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    A letter sent to the Kingston City Council by the Tennessee Valley Authority has left city officials  unimpressed.

    The letter was in response to one sent by the council in regard to its requests to TVA because of the Dec. 22, 2008, fly ash spill that sent 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into surrounding areas and waterways.

    Early on, the city requested that TVA replace the Kingston sewer plant.

  • Judge revokes Rocky Houston's bond; Leon still free

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    After nearly five months of freedom, Rocky Houston is back behind bars.

    Special Judge David Hayes revoked his bond Friday afternoon and ordered him back to jail. Special prosecutor Kenneth Irvine argued that the bond should be revoked because Rocky committed numerous violations of his bond conditions since his release from jail in March. The judge agreed.

    “You have violated the conditions of release,” Hayes said.

  • Mystery industry close to committing

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A mystery industry interested in locating in Harriman is closer to making a commitment to moving to the city’s industrial park property off Fiske Road.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said company representatives he and other officials have been communicating with are close to making a real offer.

    Harriman officials are keeping mum on the industry’s identity, but Mason admitted in a phone interview that it is an environmental technology company of sorts.

  • EPA chief makes surprise visit to TVA disaster

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    When a group of concerned residents went to meet with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials Monday, they got a surprise: the top dog was there.

    Lisa Jackson, the national director of EPA, had quietly slipped into Kingston to meet with the group of a half dozen people, which included Randy Ellis of Harriman, on the fly ash disaster.

  • Grandmother's killer sentenced to 20 years

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Convicted murderer David Cosgriff learned his punishment on Monday. Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

    “We’re comfortable with it,” Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey said.

    A jury found Cosgriff, 66, guilty of second-degree murder on July 9 for the death of Kathleen Taylor.  

  • Hooks resigning from county commission

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Citing health reasons and a need to spend more time with family, Mike Hooks has decided to give up his spot on the Roane County Commission.

    He also is moving out of the commission district he represents.

    He spoke about his decision to resign at Monday’s regular meeting.    

  • Another derailment at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant

    STAFF REPORTS