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Today's News

  • After-hour petition pickup stirs courthouse controversy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    An anonymous phone call.

    Inquiries by the county’s top law enforcement officer and prosecutor.

    One official not wanting her name mentioned and another saying it isn’t a big deal.

    This was some of the fallout of Commissioner Ron Berry’s trip to the courthouse to pick up his petition to run for office.

    Berry reportedly contacted the election commission office on Jan. 21 and asked that his qualifying petition be prepared in advance of his arrival.

  • Higher seeds fall in Area 4 tourney

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Seeding didn't matter Monday and Tuesday as three upsets highlighted play in the opening round of the TMSAA Area 4 Small Division Tournament being played at Eagleton Middle School in Blount County.

    The girls side of the bracket went pretty much according with the only upset being a minor one as No. 5 Harriman knocked off No. 4 Lenoir City on Monday, 26-20.

    Monday would nearly see a major upset on the girls side as No. 1 Wartburg escaped with a two-point victory over No. 8 Eagleton.

  • TVA missed testing snafu for 4 months

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Tucked between messages that the ash spill cleanup is on track and human health has not been compromised, an environmental official at TVA’s ash spill meeting Tuesday had some news the public probably won’t feel as good about.

    One is that the Emory River closure, which was due to expire in the middle of February, is now being extended into May.

  • More TVA funds given

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    More TVA reparations money has been appropriated by the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

    The foundation board met last Tuesday and voted to fund requests from the city of Rockwood, Roane County and The Roane Alliance.

    Rockwood should get a big infrastructure boost with the TVA money.

    The board approved the city’s request of a bit more than $1.9 million for upgrades to its water and wastewater systems.

    Two paving projects are also included.

  • TVA says no to long-term health study on ash impacts

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County’s request for a TVA-funded long-term health study has been denied.

    In a letter to Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, TVA environmental executive Anda Ray said the agency doesn’t feel such a program is necessary at this time.

  • Stockton watching for competition

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Sheriff Jack Stockton has seen a lot during his more than 20 years in law enforcement.

    One thing he said he hasn’t seen is an incumbent sheriff run for re-election unopposed.

    He’s not expecting that to happen this year, either. 

    “I’m sure I’ll have an opponent,” Stockton said. “I’ve never known a sheriff to run unopposed.”

  • Devils down rivals

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Things couldn't have got much better over the weekend for the Harriman Blue Devils as Jeff King's squad picked up victories over the Blue Devils two biggest rivals, Rockwood and Kingston.

    Victory No. 1 came Friday as Harriman downed Kingston, 55-47. The Blue Devils followed that up on Saturday with a 55-48 victory over Rockwood. Saturday's victory was also huge as it helped the Blue Devils stay near the top of the District 3-A standings.

    Harriman vs. Kingston

  • Activist, environmental journalists arrested at TVA's Kingston plant

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    TVA police arrested three people, an environmental activist and two reporters from an environmental publication, at the Kingston Fossil Plant Wednesday afternoon.

  • All Tri-County Team announced

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The 2009 All Tri-County Football Team has been released and it was a good year for Roane County as 17 players and one coach have been selected to the squad.

    Leading the way in 2009 Tri-County Coach of the Year John Webb from Rockwood. Webb guided the Tigers to an 11-3 season and a trip to the TSSAA Class AA semifinals. The semifinal berth was Rockwood's best playoff run since 1976's state championship team.

  • Little public comment on state's health assessment

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    An official with the Tennessee Department of Health said public comment on its health assessment of the TVA ash spill has been lackluster.

    “We haven’t received a lot of calls or e-mails or any comments at all,” Communications Director Andrea Turner said.

    The department released the health assessment on the spill in December. It is accepting comments on the assessment through Feb. 9.