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Today's News

  • EPA advisory leaves official at odds with ex

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Most of the 5.4 million cubic yards of ash that spilled during last December’s TVA disaster ended up in the Emory River.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland recently filed a motion in court to prevent his ex-wife from taking their children swimming in that area.   

    “I really didn’t have any choice,” McFarland said. “You have to do what you have to do to protect your children.”

  • TVA communications flawed after spill

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA is responsible for some of the misinformation that came out in the days following the fly ash disaster as well as some of the frustration residents have felt about the agency’s property-buying plan.

  • Talk lingers about TVA ash pond explosion

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks said he received a visit from a federal investigator after the Dec. 22, 2008 TVA ash spill.

    Hooks said the investigator wanted to know if 911 received a call of a suspicious vehicle around the Kingston Fossil Plant the night of the disaster.

    Hooks said he told the investigator no, and that was the last he heard about it.

  • Schools budget includes raises

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County school board unanimously approved the 2009-10 budget at last week’s meeting.

    The $63.8 million budget does not require a tax increase to fund.  

    “My thing was make sure it was balanced, and it is,” Vice Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    School system business manager Eric Harbin said the budget includes a 1-percent raise for teachers.

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Roane

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... ANDERSON COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CLINTON... BLOUNT COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... MARYVILLE... ALCOA... GRAINGER COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... JEFFERSON COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... KNOX COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF KNOXVILLE... LOUDON COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... LOUDON... LENOIR CITY... MCMINN COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... EXTREME NORTHERN MEIGS COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...

  • Does ash dumping take advantage of community?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Racial and economic issues could hold up TVA’s plan to ship its spilled fly ash to Alabama.

    “We’ve had a lot of questions, and I think that’s one of the main reasons why things are at a standstill now on the disposal option,” said Stephanie Brown, community involvement coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    TVA plans to ship the ash in trains to a landfill in Perry County, Ala.

  • 'Perfect storm' contributed to ash spill

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    A "slime" layer that took investigators more than two months to find and the angle of storage cells walls  contributed to the massive release of 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash on the Swan Pond peninsula and Emory River, according to an engineering analysis of the disaster.

  • Officials still grapple with jail issues

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Many people are watching dollars closely in today’s economy. Jail inspector Barry Suttles said that’s why he expected to field some tough questions from county officials last Wednesday.  

    “Everybody is worried about the number of dollars,” Suttles said. “I understand that, and I respect that.”

  • Economy too much for longtime antiques dealers

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    A store in downtown Rockwood is filled wall to wall with items from the past — and each has its own story.

    Old Tennessee license plates, hats, clocks, old signs, pictures and other paraphernalia adorn the walls of C&B Trading Post, where brothers Bill Wright and Charles Carter buy, sell and trade antiques.

  • Patton ouster trial under way

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    Officials accused Roane County Constable Mark Patton of misconduct as the ouster trial of the beleaguered constable started Monday.

    Roane County Tom McFarland opened the trial saying that Patton has performed misconduct in his office as constable by threatening police officers, elected officials and citizens and also performing an illegal stop.

    “After this stop, there was a period of escalation,” McFarland said.