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Today's News

  • TVA ash cleanup update set

    TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson is supposed to be in town today – Wednesday – to give an update on the ash spill cleanup.

    Monday, Dec. 22, will mark the sixth anniversary of the spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. A dike failure released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash. The massive cleanup project that got underway after the disaster is winding down.

  • A wonderful showing
  • REACH a success
  • Living Christmas Tree
  • Alleged machete robber nabbed

    Kingston police made an arrest in the machete-man holdup at a Kingston convenience store less than 24 hours after the robbery was reported.

    The machete-wielding suspect took cash and fled from the Exxon at 1007 E. Race St. Saturday.

    Thomas Joshua Branham, 33, 124 Waston Lane, Harriman, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a hotel at 1200 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

  • Key highway patrol officer has local ties

    A former Roane Countian has been promoted from major to lieutenant colonel supervising the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Field Operations Bureau.

    John Albertson has led the Special Investigations Bureau since 2011, having first served as a lieutenant and statewide commander of the Critical Incident Response Team. He has served in various assignments within the Criminal Investigations Division, including years as a narcotics investigator, according to a news release announcing his promotion.

  • AAA says record travel expected over Christmas holidays

    The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume on record.

    AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 4 percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 4.

    Highlights from Holiday Travel Forecast:

    •More than 89.5 million travelers (91 percent of total volume) will celebrate the holidays with a road trip, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2013

  • TRAPPED: Sparta man caught in trench for four hours

    A man working on a sewer project Friday afternoon became trapped in a ditch when a portion of it collapsed.

    Authorities were releasing neither the man’s name nor his condition at press time.

    “I was just praying he fell just the right way and they could get to him quick enough,” said Emily Clark, who lives near the construction site on Midtown’s Moses Lane.

    “They got his face and chest uncovered before anybody got here,” added her mother, Kim Clark.

  • Condo owners’ tax bills decrease

    The change in the way a group of Kingston condominiums are classified has resulted in a lower total market appraisal for those condo owners.

    Among them is Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan, whose property’s total market appraisal dropped $9,300.

    “Our area supervisor, Keith Gibson, actually pointed out that any buildings that were classified as condos, but owned the land underneath them by deed, were actually supposed to be listed as a townhouse,” Morgan said.

  • Indiana company acquires Rockwood’s Capstan

    Netshape Technologies of Floyds Knobs, Ind., has acquired Rockwood’s Capstan Tennessee Inc. and expects only growth in the future.

    Don Leonard, chief marketing officer for NetShape Technologies Inc., said employees at the Rockwood facility should not be concerned about their future.

    “We really don’t see any significant changes — especially in the short term,” Leonard said.

    “The only thing we’ll see in the long term is growth.”