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Today's News

  • Roane road salt supplies good

    Many governments weren’t able to get salt this winter from suppliers.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson was lucky. He got a jump on purchasing salt in March, something he was glad he did after learning about the potential of salt shortage this fall.

    “I went ahead this year and placed an order of 500 tons of salt,” said Ferguson.

    It’s a commodity that has made him a popular man with other communities, who have turned to the highway department for help.

  • TVA still making amends for disaster

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Work that TVA has done in the Swan Pond community because of the ash spill is now a marketing tool for the area, according to the agency’s top executive.

    “I understand from talking to some of the local people here that this has actually turned out to be an attraction, helpful in people looking to buy houses in the area,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said about Lakeshore Park, a recreation area that opened in May.

  • Coal ash regulations aim to safeguard air, drinking water

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited coal ash regulations on Friday, three days before the sixth anniversary of the disaster at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant, which put coal ash in the spotlight.

    “Because of the Tennessee spill in particular, and there have been other spills as well recently, it has raised both the level of awareness and concern,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday.

  • School board perusing prayer request

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A moment of silence precedes the Pledge of Allegiance at each regular meeting of the Roane County Board of Education.

    That practice was questioned at last Thursday’s meeting.

    “You talk about God in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb told board members.

    “In your pocket, you have money that says, ‘In God We Trust,’ but you have a moment of silence.”

  • City’s farmers market may be on the move

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Could moving the Harriman farmers market be good for it and downtown?

    “I’d love to see it downtown,” said Harriman City Councilman Wayne Best recently when city officials bandied about the idea of a move.

    “It would add some foot traffic downtown and some life to downtown,” Best added.

    Where the farmers market should go needs to be decided soon, lest the city lose a grant to build a farmers market pavilion.

  • Patron allegedly pulls gun in bar, lands in jail on 19 charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Kingston man is facing 19 charges after he allegedly pulled a gun on some patrons at a Midtown bar.

    According to Roane County Sheriff’s Office records, Lowell Ray Casteel faces 11 counts of reckless endangerment, six counts of aggravated assault, one count of simple assault and one count of possession of a handgun while under the influence of an intoxicant.

  • Truckers reportedly fighting in parking lot

    Police responded to the Pilot gas station on Lawnville Road last Wednesday evening on a report of two big rig drivers fist fighting in the parking lot. Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said the fight was over when authorities arrived. One of the drivers had already left the scene and the other, pictured here with Nelson, was allowed to leave after speaking with police.

  • TVA: We’ve changed

    The ash piles that once were landmarks in the area around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant are no more.

    Six years of cleaning up one of the worst environmental disasters in history has the landscape looking much different.

    “If you come here in the spring, you’re going to see a nice green, grassy field there behind us,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “It certainly looks a lot different than it did before the spill — and it looks tremendously different than it did right after the spill.”

  • Unique birthday

    When Bailey Walker turned 11 this month, it fell on a special day that made his birthday especially unique.

    Bailey turned 11 on Dec. 13.

    That’s right, the Roane County youth turned 11 on 12/13/14.

    His grandfather John Walker said he didn’t appreciate how much people thought of the special day until he heard a news account.

    “You couldn’t get married in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge unless you had a reservation almost a year because everyone wanted to get married on 12/13/14,” Walker said.

  • Another robbery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 7 at the Rocky Top Market on Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build between 5 feet, 6 inches, and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a white mask.