Local News

  • EPA bows to pressure, sets Knoxville coal ash hearing

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done an about-face:
    It will now hold a hearing on proposed coal ash rules closer to Roane County, site of the Dec. 22, 2008, catastrophe that got the government talking about the need for tougher ash regulation.
    “EPA will hold a final hearing in Knoxville, Tenn., the week of Oct. 25,” the agency said in an e-mail.
    Officials said they were still  making arrangements on the exact date and place.

  • Harriman gets perfect score from state on waterworks

    Harriman Utility Board got a perfect score — a 100 — on its sanitary survey of the utility’s waterworks.
    The Tennessee Division of Water Supply conducted the survey July 21.
    While plants do receive the high score, its a rarity, according to Harriman Utility Board officials.
    “I can’t tell you how proud I am of our water plant operators and our water crew,” HUB Manager Chuck Flora said.
    “You don’t get those 100s by yourself,” said Frankie Davis, water and gas superintendent.

  • Shots fired at Midway school

    Someone shot up the front of Midway High School Wednesday night.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said no one was inside the school when the shooting occurred.
    It was reported to E-911 at 11:25 p.m.
    “The officers arrived and found more than 20 rounds shot through the front of the building, the door facing and some internal damage was done to the block walls inside the offices and inside the school,” Stockton said.
    The sheriff said Thursday morning that his officers were still trying to identify possible suspects.  

  • Nails a hazard on Barnard Narrows Road

    The Roane County Highway Department responded to Barnard Narrows Road on Wednesday after being notified nails were on the road.
    “Our kids travel this road on buses,” resident Juanita Johnson said. “Our mail man comes through here, and we just don’t need this. We don’t need nothing that’s going to endanger any of us.”
    County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said he was aware of the situation, but had yet to be briefed by the employee who responded to pick up the nails.

  • Flying field feud finally settled

    That was the exclamation heard from Harriman Councilman Chase Tedder, who was relieved that the issue of renewal of a lease of city industrial property finally had been dealt with.
    Harriman City Council approved the renewal of a lease for the airstrip area used by the Tennessee Eagles Radio Control Club on Tuesday.
    “See you in three years, men. Hopefully we’ll have it developed,” Tedder said.

  • Alexander helps get EPA hearings in Knoxville

    It took some arm-twisting, but finally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduling a hearing on proposed changes in the classification of coal ash in the area.
    The Knoxville hearing, announced by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander Wednesday, is reasonably close to the site of the 2008 ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant — one of the nation’s biggest environmental disasters. Alexander, who did much of the arm-twisting, had asked for a hearing in Kingston.

  • Progress finally in Rose Circle cleanup

    A South of the River  eyesore that has irked some residents for years is close to being cleaned up.

    In February, a judge gave property owners James and Patricia Woods and Dean and Nola Howard 90 days to clean up a junkyard at 123 Rose Circle.

    The property was littered with junked cars, tires, lawnmower parts, bike parts and countless other pieces of debris.

    So little had been done to clean up the property when the 90-day deadline expired, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland filed a motion in Chancery Court to hold the owners in contempt.

  • Democrats open party headquarters

    The Roane County Democratic Party will follow its Labor Day picnic with a grand-opening celebration of its campaign headquarters at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    The headquarters is at 108 Court St., Kingston.
    Area Democratic candidates who were victorious in their recent bids for election are welcome to attend the festivities, which will also include opportunities to meet and support Democrats seeking office in the Nov. 2 election.

  • Heroes, heels hailed at Harriman's Hooray festival

    Wrestler Harley Stone doesn’t mind when the crowd turns against him.

    He relishes the role.

    “Being the heel means you try to get the crowd upset and make them mad at you,” said Stone, who with his tag-team partner, Jeff Collett, enjoyed being the bad guys during Hooray for Harriman festivities.

  • Tougher coal ash rules sought

    A large group gathered at Roane State Community College last week to share their input on two different approaches to coal ash regulation.

    The gathering was also organized, in part, in protest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to hold any of a handful of hearings on the matter any closer than a five-hour’s drive from Roane County.

    Since the 2008 TVA ash disaster, the community is arguably the most impacted by coal ash in the nation.