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Today's News

  • Room at new jail means greater likelihood of incarceration

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Overcrowding has kept some Roane County lawbreakers out of jail. Sheriff Jack Stockton said that won’t be the case once the county’s new jail opens.

    “The criminals that have warrants on them and things of that nature, they better beware because we have a place to put them now,” Stockton said.

    Overcrowding at the old jail kept the county in bad standing with the state.

  • Mystery tinge in Kingston water gets closer look

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Some Kingston residents are seeing red over the state of their water.

    They aren’t mad — just concerned over the pinkish rings left behind water is left standing overnight.

    The issue was raised Tuesday at the Kingston Water Board meeting.

    City Manager Jim Pinkerton said officials are looking into the problem.

    “We’re now flushing in some of those areas twice a week,” he said.

  • Homeschooling gets high marks by some

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    In Sue Watson’s household, the kitchen table is not just for eating.

    It is also a classroom.

    Watson said that’s where a typical homeschool day starts for her two sons, Trevor and Taylor.

    “Since my children are around the same age, we can approach a lot of the subjects together like history, economics, government, religion and science,” Watson said. “We’ll go through this stuff right here at the table.”

  • TVA to discuss reparations to county

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA officials and Roane County area leaders will announce the establishment of an economic development foundation to aid the county’s recovery from the fly ash catastrophe.

    A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston. 

    The area surrounding TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant was polluted when a dike failure released 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash into the environment on Dec. 22, 2008.

  • Harmon taking on guns-in-parks issue

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commissioner James Harmon has not been shy about taking unpopular positions the last couple of years.

    Whether it was calling for Roane County, Rockwood and Harriman high schools to be consolidated or opposing Sheriff Jack Stockton’s request for new jail employees, Harmon has taken a lone ranger’s approach on a lot of issues.

  • 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.