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Today's News

  • Judge rules on TVA lawsuit

    A court ruling puts restrictions on lawsuits against TVA for the fly ash spill that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    This week U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan granted the agency’s request for summary judgment against claims of personal injury and emotional distress.

    TVA’s request for summary judgment against claims of property damage, trespass and nuisance were denied.
    An assessment prepared by the Tennessee Department of Health concluded that the ash spill should not pose a health risk to the community.

  • TVA aims for fun

    Since the massive 2008 ash spill in Swan Pond, meetings between the public and TVA have tended to be angry and intense.

    Not so at an open house in Kingston Tuesday, when agency officials unveiled details on its plans to develop much of the property it has bought up since the spill for recreational uses.

    Those uses include ball fields, birding trails and general recreation facilities, although officials said they also are looking at adding firefighting support to the area.

  • Another chance for TVA to build up public trust

    It was nice to attend a TVA meeting Tuesday where the public’s mood wasn’t angry and the tone was generally upbeat.
    TVA held the meeting at First Baptist Church in Kingston to reveal more details for recreation offerings in the area where the massive 2008 ash spill forced many in the Swan Pond community to have to move.
    The ash spill also left lingering doubts about safety in and around TVA facilities.
    TVA officials are well aware that there is nothing they can do to completely erase those doubts and misgivings.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Republic in danger from extortionate thugs

    We have, on occasion, opined that most governmental entities have become altogether too cozy with the “business community”.
    Much of the time that criticism has been aimed at the federal government with all its lobbyist generated laws granting various favours to the giant corporations that have steadily gained more and more control over the national government.

  • Roane schools land on target list

    Roane County Schools is one of eight systems in the state considered high priority, according to the latest adequate yearly progress data released by the Tennessee Department of Education.
    Adequate yearly progress data looks at whether a school system or school is making gains in academic achievement in student performance on annual tests. It is a requirement under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind law.
    According to the state, a school system is designated high priority for not meeting benchmarks in the same subject area for two years.

  • Teen Board presenting eight Saturday

    The Teen Board of Knoxville has invited eight Roane Countians to be presented during the 51st annual Teen Board Presentation Dance on Aug. 6.

    Teens are presented during the annual black-tie event as a reward for completing hours of service to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations in their community.

    Presentees include:

    Harriman
    • Hannah Bowden, daughter of David and Emily Bowden.

  • K’NEX builders do thrill ride science at museum

    Children and adults can build colorful structures and explore the physical forces of amusement rides through experiments with the “K'NEX: Building Thrill Rides” traveling exhibition through Sept. 5 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Builders can construct their own design or use the provided diagrams at the K'NEX building table and stimulate creativity, curiosity and imagination.

  • The Garden Gate: Ancient garden study unearths fascinating facts

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Fire hydrant testing under way in Harriman

    Harriman Fire Department and the Harriman Utility Board have begun conducting annual flow tests on fire hydrants within the city.

    The testing will continue until the process is complete.

    “This is a vital process in making sure the lines are flushed annually and fire hydrants are operational during an emergency,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

  • Kindergartners, seventh-graders may need shots

    By Dr. Kelly Moore • Tennessee Department of Health