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Today's News

  • Rockwood city councilman dies

    BY JENNIFER RAYMONDee

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    After suffering from a stroke and pneumonia in February, Rockwood City Councilman Gene East passed away on Thursday morning.

    East was at The Bridge at Rockwood doing rehabilitation and recuperating and seemed to be doing much better, but was taken to Methodist Medical Center at Oak Ridge earlier in the week for an infection, city officials said.

    “He had gotten out some and was using a walker,” city recorder Jim Hines said.

  • Emotions run high as election chief replaced

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tony Brown might still be Roane County’s administrator of elections if all the people who attended Friday’s election commission meeting had a chance to vote.

    However, the only people who had a say were the newly sworn commissioners.

    They voted 3-2 to not retain him.

    “Guys, this is political,” election commissioner Mike Pemberton said. “Bottom line, Mr. Brown has been fired because he’s a Democrat.”

  • George Hyatte wants to take back guilty plea

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen asked a direct question and got a direct answer from defendant George Hyatte during a plea hearing on March 9.

    “Do you understand fully what you’re charged with and what you’re pleading guilty to?” Eblen asked.

    “Yes,” Hyatte responded.

    Despite his affirmation in open court, Hyatte now wants to flip flop on his guilty plea, claiming he was hoodwinked.

  • Slain deputy had Kingston ties

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Authorities in the Sunshine State aren't the only feeling the loss after two officers were shot to death while making a domestic disturbance call in Florida's Panhandle Saturday.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam was a longtime friend and classmate of Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputy Warren York. York was killed with fellow deputy Burt Lopez in a brief shootout with a man accused of beating his wife.

  • Sheriff once again adds to number of proposed new jailers

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some Christmas gifts just keep on giving. The new Roane County Jail could be the project that just keeps on costing.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton has revised the number of additional staff he said he’ll need to operate the facility. He previously put the number at eight full time and four part time.

  • Fly ash from Emory on move again

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    After several days of rain, one look at the water was all it took for residents to realize that the monster plug of ash in the Emory River was on the move again.

    “It was pretty clear to our guys, too,” said Meg Lockhart, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

  • TVA critics point to mess after recent rains

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    I told you so.

    That’s what some critics of TVA are saying now that water has risen and icky substances can be seen floating atop local waterways.

    TVA activist Rick Cantrell attributed it to the fly ash spill and the agency’s plan to remove the ash from the Emory River.

  • UPDATED: TVA taking ash by rail to Alabama, Georgia

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA’s spilled fly ash could soon be on the move again.

    Only this time it has little to do with a dike failure or water flow.

    Anda Ray, the TVA executive in charge of cleaning up the ash spill, said Wednesday that as part of a test, railcars would be moving ash off site within 24 to 48 hours.

    Officials with TVA said the railcars will be transporting the ash to landfills in Alabama and Georgia.

  • Rockwood mayoral candidates draw lines

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    Topics of the Plateau Partnership Park and Rockwood Municipal Airport stir mixed feelings from candidates running for Rockwood city mayor.

    The three candidates are John Sublett, Calvin Trew and James Watts.

    Sublett has lived in Rockwood for 24 years and is chairman of the Rockwood Wastewater, Water and Natural Gas Board. He is the owner of Scandlyn Lumber Co. in Rockwood.

  • Ash spill divides Kingston mayor candidates

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    The Tennessee Valley Authority’s handling of the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant brings differing opinions from the two men vying for Kingston’s top elected office in June.

    Incumbent Mayor Troy Beets said he believes the agency is handling it as well as they can, but he would like them to be further along than they are.

    “I don’t think TVA is trying to run and hide,” Beets said.