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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Air quality concerns heat up with the weather

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA says air monitoring efforts must be extra thorough now that the weather is heating up.

    “The air quality is going to get worse as it normally does,” TVA environmental executive Anda Ray said. “That means that TDEC, EPA and TVA have got to be even more diligent in our air monitoring.”

    Ray said TVA will be referring to data from the past.

  • Constable bill also takes vote from residents

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A bill that would allow for the elimination of constables in Roane County has passed the General Assembly, but it will require voter approval in an election in order for any resolution abolishing the office of constable to take effect.

    If the bill had been passed as introduced, it would have allowed the county commission to abolish or remove law enforcement powers from the office of constable by a two-thirds vote.