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Today's News

  • County employee raises? Hard to say just yet

    Roane County employees may have to wait until the fall to find out if they will get a raise.
    In June, the budget committee instructed budget director Alva Moore to prepare figures in case they decided to add a 1-percent raise for employees to the proposed 2010-11 fiscal budget.
    Moore said a 1-percent raise would cost taxpayers about $103,000.
    The budget still hasn’t been adopted, and the current budget committee terms expire on Aug. 31.

  • Republican Party holding grand opening

    The Roane County Republican Party is holding a grand opening on Sept. 11 of its new headquarters.
    The building is at 901 E. Race St. in Kingston, just a couple of buildings west of the Shell station on Morrison Hill.

  • Feds find no problem with soil dredged from Clinch River

    Nothing to worry about. That was the U.S. Department of Energy’s conclusion about Clinch River soil in a local resident’s yard.
    “It was really what we expected,” DOE spokesman Mike Koentop said of the government’s findings.
    Scott Boyes wanted the soil removed from the front yard at his Walton Road home because it came from the Clinch River.
    Koentop said the river has DOE contaminants from legacy operations years and years ago.
    When contacted by Boyes, DOE officials agreed to go to his home and take samples of the soil.

  • Roane students make the grade

    Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville
    Lisa Dayton of Harriman was among the Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville students cited for perfect attendance for spring term.
    Dayton was enrolled in the center’s surgical technology field of study.

    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    A number of University of Tennessee at Knoxville students from Roane County earned academic honors for spring term.
    They are:
    Summa Cum Laude
    4.0-3.8 term average

  • Griffin gets scholarship

    Tennessee Technological University student Mason Maxwell Griffin recently received the Engineering Development Foundation Scholarship.
    A freshman electrical engineering/advanced math major, he is the son of Chris and Suzanne Griffin. Grandparents are Dixie Mason of Kingston and the late Ed Mason, and Frank and Ann Varga of Kingston.

  • Shopping to help the Rockwood band
  • Time for Melons & Music

    Cap off a long, hot summer and a festive Labor Day weekend by meeting friends and family for Melons and Music at Harriman Riverfront Park.
    The annual Babahatchie Community Band concert includes ice-cold watermelon served by the Harriman Lions Club.
    The Babahatchie Band will perform popular music favorites from the
    ’40s and ’50s, such as “String of Pearls,” “April in Paris” and “Little Brown Jug.”

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Hobert D. Davis

    U.S. Air Force Airman Hobert D. Davis recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
    Son of Misty Chaney of Oliver Springs, he was a 2008 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • TVA idling 9 units

    The Tennessee Valley Authority will idle nine coal-fired electric generating units, totaling about 1,000 megawatts, at three of its power plants beginning in fiscal year 2011.
    Those units are: Shawnee Unit 10 near Paducah, Ky.; John Sevier Units 1 and 2 near Rogersville, Tenn., and Widows Creek Units 1-6 near Stevenson, Ala.

  • Coal ash regulation meeting at Roane State

    While seven hearings have been scheduled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider a classification for coal ash, not one was scheduled in Tennessee, the site of the TVA coal ash disaster in 2008.
    A coalition of environmental justice organizations — forming the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing Committee — will host a people’s hearing to help ensure that the voices of those who have been impacted have a chance to testify.
    The people’s hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 2 at the Roane State Community College.