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Today's News

  • Little left to be done after 2008 ash spill

    Cleanup of one of the worst environmental disasters in the country has ever seen continues to wind down in Swan Pond.

    Craig Zeller, remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said an inspection was conducted at the TVA ash spill site on Jan. 29. The final inspection is expected to occur this spring.

    “We have a few loose ends,” Zeller said.

  • Another huge cleanup in Roane County

    The cleanup of TVA’s massive coal ash spill is winding down near Kingston this year, but another massive effort is gearing up in the northeast corner of Roane County.

    Federal officials are down to the last cell in a Bear Creek Road landfill set aside for the demolition of contaminated K-25 buildings on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Another record for TVA production

    Arctic temperatures that averaged in single digits across much of the Tennessee Valley on Thursday, Feb. 19, resulted in record electricity demand of 694 gigawatt-hours for the 24-hour period.

    That’s the most energy ever required over a one-day period during February in Tennessee Valley Authority history and the third most overall for a 24-hour period.

    The all-time one-day record occurred last year when demand reached 703 gigawatt-hours on Jan. 7.

  • Family makes due while waiting for electricity

    Last week was an adventure in pioneering for Jonathan and Leann Isham and their brood.

    The family of six — including twin toddlers Ella and Anna — were making due Thursday in their Edwards Lane home while waiting for the electricity to be restored.

    “You can see your breath in any other room,” said Leann, huddled up on a couch with elder children Tristan and Olivia.

    “I have to curl up in a ball,” quipped Tristan.

  • Pill ring leader says he’s dying of cancer

    John Wesley Goss, the mastermind behind an elaborate Roane County pill ring, could be released before sentencing.

    According to his attorney, Goss is suffering from stage 4 cancer and has three months to live.

    “In view of the exceptional circumstances in this case, the court has the authority to release Mr. Goss pending sentencing,” federal defender Paula R. Voss said in a motion for release.

    Voss included a letter from Goss’ doctor with her motion.

  • DEEP FREEZE TURNS FATAL

    Tony Dean Stanley, a 44-year-old Roane County man, died of hypothermia last week.

    “He was found yesterday,” Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said late Thursday afternoon.

    “We can’t be sure exactly when the death occurred, but sometime between Sunday (Feb. 15) and yesterday (Feb. 18).”

    Boduch said Stanley was last seen alive on Sunday, Feb. 15.

    He lived in the Eagle Furnace area south of Rockwood.

  • Obed River imagery sought for contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for the annual Obed Wild and Scenic River photo contest.

    Striking digital images highlighting spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities and diversity of life in the park are sought.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • Aiden Alvarado Patton

    Aiden Alvarado Patton was born on Jan. 22.

    He weighed 9.4 pounds.

    He is the son of Alex and Maricel Patton of Kingston.

    Grandparents are John and Virginia Patton of Kingston, and Leo and Lolita Alvarado of Bantayan, Philippines.

    His great-grandmother is Isabel Chavez of Bantayan, Philippines.

  • DAR reschedules its author event Saturday

    Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has rescheduled its free event with author Shirley McCracken.

    The event will begin at 2 p.m. March 7 in Kingston Church of Christ’s family life center.

    Inclement weather forced the rescheduling of the event, which was originally planned for Feb. 21.

    McCracken, author of “The Breastplate: A Civil War Adventure,” will discuss how a Civil War relic inspired her to write what is described as a Christian fiction tale of danger, intrigue and romance.

  • Small steps lead to a healthier you

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    Tennessee is one of the best places in America to live and work.

    But it is one of only six states — and the only Southern state — where the obesity rate increased in the last year.

    Our rates of hypertension and stroke, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma and several types of cancer are among the highest in the nation.

    The problem is worse than many realize, but there is a solution.