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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: I’m revving up my shiny, new ... um ... toy

    You should see my shiny, powerful new high-rpm toy. I have it parked in the basement — right next to the dryer.
    I know.
    Not too many people get excited over a new clothes washer, but this one is perfection. It’s an energy-saving high-efficiency, high-capacity top-loader with a gleaming stainless steel tub.

  • Bridge project alters route to Loudon County

    A pair of bridge replacement projects will temporarily close Hwy. 72, the South of the River roadway to Loudon County from Roane County.
    Tennessee Department of Transportation officials announced the roadway would be closed to traffic beginning Friday and should be reopened to traffic by Monday, Oct. 24, at 6 a.m.
    The bridges being repaired are over Paint Rock Creek and Stamp Creek.
    The Tennessee Department of Transportation put up signs along Kentucky Street near the Interstate 40 exchange this week announcing the roads closure.

  • Farmer, Ruppe apply for Rockwood position

    Two former county chiefs — Mike Farmer of Roane County and Becky Ruppe of Morgan County — have applied for the Rockwood city administrator position.
    Farmer served the term prior to current officeholder Ron Woody.
    Rockwood City Council will be interviewing them and Jack Miller, a former city manager in Crossville
    at a workshop Monday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

  • Brakes applied on LOC dissolution

    The Oak Ridge City Council passed a resolution this week that directs its mayor — Tom Beehan — to not vote for the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.
    The committee’s board of directors, on which Beehan serves, is scheduled to have a special meeting today (Friday) at The Roane Alliance Building in Kingston at 3 p.m.
    A resolution to dissolve the committee, a sort of watchdog on U.S. Department of Energy activities in and around Oak Ridge, is on the agenda.

  • TVA ASH SPILL LAWSUIT: Failure signs ‘everywhere’

    No one died when the dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of coal ash slurry on Dec. 22, 2008.
    For an agency that also deals with nuclear energy, another disaster might not turn out as fortunate.
    Attorney Jeff Friedman told U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan that’s why his job is so important.
    “This court has the power to give TVA the wakeup call they so badly need,” he said.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Sept. 9-21:

    From Jason Rose and Kimberly Rose to Thomas P. Hanrahan by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, Lot T24C, Phase 3, sub-area E, $100,000.

    From Tamara B. Miller and Thomas M. Kain to Jennifer Hess by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Villages of Center Farm, Newport Village, Lot 106, $156,000.

    From Howard A. Fehl to Federal National Mortgage Association by deed, Dist. 4, 12.25 acres, Gap, Lot 1, $0.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    SEPT. 19 CASES DISPOSED

    Justin Levesque, probation violation. Dismissed.

    James Randall Pelfrey, probation violation. Dismissed.

    Don W. Johnson, probation violation. Guilty.

    Wayne A. Cooper, probation violation. Dismissed.

    James Davis, probation violation. Guilty.

  • Christmas basket applicants sought at Kingston church

    Kingston United Methodist Church has reserved dates and times within the month to take applications for its 2011 Christmas basket program.

    Applications will be accepted in the church’s ministry center at 212 W. Church St.

    They will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and Nov. 1.

    Daytime hours have also been established. Applications may be submitted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1.

  • ETSU dean's list: Summer 2011

    Brian S. Burnett of Oliver Springs earned placement on East Tennessee State University’s dean’s list for summer semester.

    To earn placement on the dean’s list, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate course work with a grade-point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

    ETSU is in Johnson City.
     

  • Spotlight on Rockwood First Christian Church