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Today's News

  • Watts wins in Rockwood, Beets, Hepler retain seats

    In unofficial returns Tuesday night, James L. Watts will be Rockwood's new mayor, Troy Beets held on to the mayor's office in Kingston, as did Chris Hepler in Oliver Springs.

     

    Peggy Evans will become the first woman elected to the Rockwood City Council, leading all other candidates in the voting. Joining her on the council will be Bill Thompson and Stan Wassom.

     

    On the Harriman City Council, winning candidates were incumbents Lonnie Wright, J.D. Sampson and Chase Tedder, as well as C.M. Buddy Holley.

     

  • Congresswoman to hold ash spill meeting in Kingston

    A Texas Congresswoman is coming to Kingston Sunday to learn more about the TVA ash spill.

    She is inviting the public to tell her all about it.

    U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is chairman of the of Sub-Committee Water Resources & Environment, which is under the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    It is in that capacity she will be holding a town hall meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center Sunday, June 7, acording to her office.

  • New mayor for Rockwood, first woman elected to council

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    James Watts will take the reins in Rockwood as mayor on July 1, when current Mayor Mike  “Brillo” Miller’s term will end.

    Watts, a current councilman, sought the seat along with John Sublett and Calvin Trew.

    Watts took 362 votes, Sublett had 232 and Trew had 77.

    Watts said he was humbled by the results.

    “I’m thankful for the voters in Rockwood having the confidence in me,” he said.

  • Johnson could get an earful on TVA disaster

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    A Texas Congresswoman is coming to Kingston Sunday to learn more about the TVA ash spill.

    She is inviting the public to tell her all about it.

    U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is chairman of the of Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, which is under the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    It is in that capacity she will be holding a town hall meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center Sunday, June 7, according to her office.

  • High-ranking congresswoman hears fly ash concerns

     By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Sunday was the kind of day Roane Countians live for -- clear and sunny, with temperatures in the upper 80s.

    At the Kingston Community Center, children frolicked in the sparkling blue waters of the public pool, while across  the lawn, boaters could be seen speeding across Watts Bar Lake.

    Inside the community center, however, tension was in the air.

  • Investigation underway over deputy's fatal shooting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    An officer-involved shooting over the weekend left a Swan Pond man dead, a sheriff’s deputy on administrative leave and the victim’s family wondering.

    The incident happened Saturday night on Quarry Road. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Deputy Dustin Hensley shot and killed David Dickey after Dickey pulled out a gun.

    Stockton said Hensley responded to 220 Quarry Road to investigate a report of a man shooting a gun.

  • Two indicted on murder charges

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County grand jury met on Tuesday, and two people have been indicted in two separate murder cases.

    Ralph Oneal, 33, of Harriman was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ronnie Dean Cofer in August 2007, according to District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

    Cofer was found shot to death in a ditch on Clax Gap Road.

  • Nuke plant proposed on Clinch

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    A nuclear energy project that someday could generate power in the region already is generating buzz in Roane County.

    TVA has signed a letter of intent to possibly make a Roane County parcel of nearly 1,400 acres on the Clinch River the lead site for a small nuclear reactor with the ability to easily grow.

    The manufacturer of the new wave of scalable nuclear generators, Babcock and Wilcox, announced the development Wednesday.

  • Battle may soon be over for Pinnacle Pointe funds

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    The two-year-long tug-of-war between Harriman officials and developers of a Hwy. 70 shopping center could be put to rest as early as this week.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley and City Attorney Harold Balcom met with Pinnacle Pointe representatives a couple of weeks ago, said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    No details of that meeting were disclosed during the regular Harriman City Council meeting last Tuesday.

  • Brown applied for park job weeks before election post dismissal

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some people didn’t like the way Tony Brown lost his job as Roane County administrator of elections.

    Others don’t like how Brown got his new job as director of Roane County Park.

    Brown was fired by the election commission on April 24. He started his new job as park director on April 27. 

    Weeks before Brown lost his job as administrator of elections, people already knew Brown would get the job.