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Today's News

  • 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.

  • EPA takes reins in environmental cleanup

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA’s expertise is power production — not disaster cleanup.

    That’s apparently why the agency is welcoming the assistance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in cleaning up the fly ash disaster.

    “TVA recognizes this is not our expertise,” said Anda Ray, the TVA executive in charge of the cleanup. “This has never happened in the history of the world; it’s certainly hadn’t happened ever in TVA’s history.”

  • Kingston aims for fizzle-free Fourth

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    Kingston’s Fourth of July celebration could be another target of the slow economy.

    “We know it’s going to be a lean year,” said Kingston parks and recreation director Rick Ross.

    However, despite tough times and the increasing cost of fireworks, Kingston has no plans to tone anything down.

    This year’s festival will actually have a few additions.

    Last year’s festival cost $49,000.

  • Sexton will remain despite Chrysler news

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Despite a recent announcement by Chrysler, things are business as usual at Sexton Automotive Group, a Harriman dealership selling Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, Jeep and Eagle.

    The dealership is on a long list of dealerships proposed to be closed by Chrysler in bankruptcy filings.

    Owner Thomas Vicary said Sexton has no plans to close its doors.

    “We’re not going anywhere,” he said.