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Today's News

  • TVA meetings to address ash disposal options

    TVA is hosting information open houses this week to receive comments from the public about options for disposal of ash and other coal combustion products at its Bull Run and Kingston Fossil Plants.

    The open house on Bull Run will take place today – Wednesday – at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on Oak Ridge Turnpike from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    The open house on the Kingston Fossil Plant is scheduled for Thursday at Roane County High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Roane County High School is located on Cumberland Street in Kingston.

  • A Sanctuary for the soul

    A good vacation can change your life.

    That’s what happened to Paul Cowell in 1963 when he visited a resort in New York.

    “I grew up on a dairy farm, and my family never went on vacations or went to eat at restaurants,” Cowell said.

    “I was out of college in 1963, and my wife [Jean] and I went to a resort in the Adirondacks,” he remembered of that fateful excursion.

    “I had never been on a vacation and thought it was a wonderful experience.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Barbecue baked beans among the good eats at Smokehouse

    If I told you, “We had a barbecue at Schrock’s Roadside Café,” and you knew where we went – you may be a senior citizen.

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure took place in that same location, 708 W. Race St. in Kingston – now known as Smokehouse Bar & Grill.

    I wrote about Smokehouse in October 2009. At that time, it was still the same size building when Bob and Wilma Schrock operated the Café several years ago.

  • Having A Grand Time

     

    Oliver Springs Middle School  Principal Nancy Wilson combines work with family time while she has fun with her grandson, Dawson “Thumper” Justes, at Thursday’s Area 4 AA Tournament at Wartburg Central Middle School.

  • Bldg. inspections to stay in Harriman

    Harriman officials decided against using the Roane County building inspector’s office for now.

    The Harriman City Council wavered on the issue in recent weeks, weighing pros and cons of contracting with the county for building inspections after building inspector Maria Nelson left for Maryville.

    “It had less to do with the wording of the agreement and was based more upon operational aspects of the program, plus cost projections for it,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Medical condition believed to cause Thursday crash

    A medical condition is believed to have played a factor in a crash involving a Ten Mile man on Thursday.

    The accident happened on River Road around 3 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Douglas Wineinger was negotiating a curve when he lost control of his 2005 Buick Lacrosse, described as vehicle 1 in the crash report.

    “Vehicle 1 then traveled off the road side right impacting an embankment near a private driveway,” the report said.

    “Vehicle 1 then went airborne and rotated right 90 degrees.”

  • Contractor fined over asbestos inspection of Harriman shop

    James Kilby Jr., a Morgan County contractor, was fined in December for failing to conduct an asbestos inspection before beginning demolition work.

    The work in question was at a property located at 206 Ruritan Road in Harriman.

    The order assessing the $1,500 fine was signed by Michelle Walker Owenby, director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Air Pollution Control.

    The property, which is known as the old Citgo Market, is owned by Chandubhai Patel.

    He was also fined $1,500.

  • Coming up: night court Stevens staying late to hear traffic cases

    New Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens is planning to start holding traffic court on Monday evenings.

    Stevens said his goal is to help people who have to work.

    “I think it’s important for people who have a job to not have to miss an entire or half a day’s work to come to court when the court system can provide an alternative,” he said.

    “I think it’s a good service that the court system can provide.”   

    Traffic court is currently held on Fridays starting at 9 a.m.

  • ON THE BALLOT

    The following have picked up petitions to qualify for candidacy in the Aug. 4 election; names in bold indicate those who have filed their petitions with the Election Commission and are official candidates as of Friday evening:

     

  • Pemberton tapped for child starvation case

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton is now the presiding judge in the child starvation case involving Matthew and Amanda Dotson.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks recused himself from the case last month. As circuit judge, Pemberton has civil and criminal jurisdiction.

    The Dotsons face first-degree murder charges in Roane County Criminal Court for the death of their 2-year-old son, Clifford. He died on May 3, 2012.