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Today's News

  • TVA offers $40 million in reparations

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County will receive $40 million in economic development funds from TVA because of the fly ash catastrophe. TVA and local officials made the announcement Monday morning in front of the Roane County Courthouse.

    “We are continuing in a number of ways to make Roane County whole and better than what it was,” said Anda Ray, TVA's senior vice president for Environment and Research. “This is just one step, and this step is all about economic development.”

  • Three projects funded with TVA reparations

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Completion of the Princess Theater project, improvements to the Kingston sewer plant and paving the entrance of the Roane County Industrial Park.

    Those are three projects the new Roane County Economic Development Foundation voted to fund with TVA reparations.

    The foundation board met Wednesday morning at The Roane Alliance.

    The money for the projects is coming from the $40 million TVA is appropriating to the county for economic development.

  • Shhhhhh ... don't mention the ash spill

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    For one sunny September afternoon, recently, the TVA disaster ceased to exist for many residents of Swan Pond.

    The evidence otherwise was right there in front of them: the Emory River, crisscrossed with booms and barriers and dotted with barges and dredges involved in removing millions of cubic yards of ash that glutted the river.

  • What to do now with the old jail?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commission will hold a work session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss possible uses for vacant properties.

    The session will be held at the courthouse.

  • Burglary task force formed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The sheriff is not the only one vowing to get tougher on lawbreakers now that Roane County has a new jail.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is saying his office will as well.

    “We are relieved that the new jail is finally ready to accommodate the people who need to be in jail,” Johnson said in a statement.

    Overcrowding was a problem at the old jail. To try and keep the population down, many people who belonged in jail got a pass.

  • TVA black plume grabbing attention

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Something was falling from the sky in the Swan Pond community on Friday.

    The material was coming from one of the smoke stacks at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “I’ve actually gone over and watched it fall,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. 

    Dark-looking smoke could be seen billowing out of one of the smoke stacks throughout the day Friday.

  • Funding for schools all but certain with TVA money

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    County commissioners only listened when supporters of the school system’s building plan showed up at their meeting in June.

    This time, the commissioners may do more than just listen.   

    The county commission will meet in special session on Thursday to consider and possibly take action on the building proposal.

  • What's a few million dollars?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA’s big announcement last week was apparently $3 million short.

    Both the news release put out by the agency and the remarks from executive Anda Ray said TVA was providing “approximately $40 million” to Roane County and its communities for economic development.

    TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said in an e-mail Monday the actual amount is $43 million.    

  • Cyclist's death gets look from DAG's office

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The cycling community has expressed concerns as to why a motorist who struck and killed a cyclist last month has not been charged.

    After hearing those concerns, District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office has issued an explanation.

    The fatal crash happened on Aug. 25 on Gallaher Road in Kingston.

  • School board considers flu virus threat

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Current school board policy on attendance does not make reference to any particular illness. One school board member wants the board to consider altering the policy because of one, however.

    At last week’s board meeting, Rob Jago wanted the board to consider a temporary modification of the attendance policy because of the H1N1 flu.

    When it came time to discuss it, Jago changed his mind.