Local News

  • TVA President Kilgore calling it quits

    Tom Kilgore, the man who promised to make Roane County whole following the December 2008 ash spill, is stepping down.
    The TVA president/CEO announced his intentions to retire by the end of the year on Thursday.
    “I look forward to working more on my farm,” Kilgore said. “And I am proud of TVA’s focus on low rates, clean, reliable energy and enhancing the economic growth in the Tennessee Valley.”

  • Focus on TVA ash left in river

    Another cost analysis  and engineering evaluation has been prepared for the TVA fly ash spill cleanup. 
    This one deals with the residual ash in the river system.
    Local waterways were inundated with ash following a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.
    More than 5 million cubic yards of ash was released in what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regards as one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history.  

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Odds and ends help end writer’s dry spell

    Today’s column was hard to come by.
    I hit those kinds of dry spells sometimes and think to myself, do I give you an update on my 15-year-old cat, the one that ended up in a cast after I backed over him in May?
    Do I talk about my plans to visit the Sunshine and Lone Star states?
    Maybe I should share my recent adventure in the Sequatchie Valley.
    I think I’ll cover all of those topics.
    My big, gray-and-white tabby, Pony, so named because of his ample size, is doing fine after I nearly killed him.

  • Rockwood swim team a splash with kids

    Rockwood’s first swim team is giving many first-time competitive swimmers a chance to shine.

    And at a recent meet, that is exactly what team members did, getting ribbons in two of the five events they entered.

    Starting the season with 18 new swimmers and keeping 12, the youth showed they were up to the challenge and fun of competitive swimming.

    “I was glad that many stuck with it. It was a great start for our first year,” coach Cassandra Dothard said. “All the kids doing it loved it. Many of them, they don’t participate in other sports.”

  • Kingston officials balk at E911 plan to raise rates

    The E911 lost-revenue conundrum found its way into Kingston affairs again, but council members are still reluctant to sign on to an agreement that would have the city paying extra fees to counter shortfalls.

    Last spring, Roane County E911 Director Mike Hooks visited Kingston council and requested 911’s standard 3-percent increase. He also pitched a five-year plan based on the premise that 911 has been hemorrhaging money in recent money due to the rise of cellphones in favor of landlines. Local 911 centers are funded by a combination of local governments and taxes levied on phone service.

  • ‘Nice man’ shot to death

    An elderly man was found shot to death in his home Sunday evening.

    Authorities identified the victim as 85-year-old Russell C. Blevins of 138 Hart Orchard Road.

    “I believe a family member hadn’t heard from him, went to check on him, found him and then notified the 911 center,” said Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

    No arrests had been made as of press time Tuesday.

    “It’s an ongoing investigation,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We’ve already interviewed a few subjects of interest. We’re running down all the leads we have.”

  • Plans in works for old fort

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross is like an overgrown kid building a really cool toy fort.

    Only, rather than Legos and wooden blocks and plastic soldiers, this fort (you might recognize it as Fort Southwest Point) requires government grants and master plans — not to mention years of work and plenty of patience — to keep it on the grow.

    At the request of state Sen. Ken Yager, State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre visited Fort Southwest Point in July for a tour and a pitch from Ross and Kingston Mayor Troy Beets.

  • Masked men, counterfeit money in police reports

    A Rockwood woman told police that she and her husband were robbed in their home Saturday night by two assailants wearing black masks.

    According to a report, the suspects kicked in the front door to the residence at 207 W. Dunn St.

    “Suspects took complainant to her bedroom to get $500 that she keeps on her dresser,” the report said. “Suspects took complainant’s purse with her ID and Verizon pre-paid phone.”

  • Man struck, killed on motorcycle

    A Sunday evening accident involving a car and a motorcycle had deadly results.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Larry Eugene Ballard, 59, of Andersonville was headed north on Hwy. 27 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when a Chevrolet Cavalier turned into his path. Ballard was killed.

    The accident happened around 6:30 p.m.

    The driver of the Cavalier was identified as Crystal Annette Laymance of Harriman. The report said she was attempting a left turn onto the highway when the accident occurred.

  • Election results official

    The Roane County Election Commission certified the results from the Aug. 2 election on Monday.

    The vote total changed from election night because of a few provisional ballots being counted, but the additional votes didn’t alter the outcome of any races.

    For example, Harriman City Council candidate Wayne Best picked up a vote, but his 350 still wasn’t enough to overtake winner Chris Ahler, who finished with 357 votes.