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Today's News

  • The People vs. TVA: Kilgore, Rose and Kirkham on witness list

    Both sides in the litigation over the TVA ash spill expect to call Bonnie Bashor as a witness during the civil trial expected to start Thursday in U.S. District Court.

    Bashor is director of the state’s Environmental Epidemiology Program that conducted a public health assessment on the spill.

    Plaintiffs have argued the disaster caused personal injury, but the health assessment found the spill should not have caused harm to the community’s health.

  • Widening at 58/70 gets a go

    By Mike Gibson
    It’s a project that’s been on Troy Beets’ to-do list ever since he took the mayor’s seat in Kingston six years ago, and now it’s finally on a fast track.

    At a recent Kingston City Council meeting, Beets reported that the perpetually problematic intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 is scheduled for widening by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    Beets said the project would probably be let in the latter half of 2012.

  • 9/11 prompted fast action at DOE

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Energy immediately started work to make sure America’s defense — including its immense nuclear energy supplies — were protected.

    Paul Golan, now acting manager at DOE’s Oak Ridge Office, was active in the DOE Emergency Operations Center in Washington, D.C., during and after the attacks.

  • Lee’s rains a sigh of relief for firefighters

    Tropical Storm Lee brought some much-needed rain to Roane County last week.

    “The rain has actually really helped us,” said West Roane County Fire Chief Charlie Redwine. “I was getting very concerned because we couldn’t have stood much more” dry weather.

    “It keeps us from worrying so much,” he added.

    His volunteer department responded to a few vehicle crashes due to the rain, but nothing serious, Redwine said.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 21-29:

    From Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Reco to Charles Tony Clough by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, adjacent Collins-Jackson, $0.

    From Jackie Eugene Clough to C. Tony Clough by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, U.S. 27 adjacent Davis/Vann, $0.

    From Charles Tony Clough to Jackie Eugene Clough by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Pine Hills, Lot 115, $0.

    From C. Tony Clough to Jackie Eugene Clough by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, McKinney Road, $0.

  • Accolades for three at Roane State

    Roane State Community College faculty member Bruce Fisher and staff members Nichole White and Owen Driskill have been honored for their work.

    Fisher, a biology professor, received the 2011 Sarah Ellen Benroth Award for Outstanding Teaching.
    White, multimedia technician in the college’s Center for Teaching Arts and Technology, was named the college’s 2011 outstanding support staff member.

    Driskill, director of marketing and public relations, was named the 2011 administrative staff member of the year.

  • Use low-interest rates to get more for your money

    While the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low for at least the next two years might not quickly restore consumer confidence or prompt spending, it does provide an opportunity for consumers to get more for their money.

    “While low-interest rates mean lower returns on savings accounts, it also means lower rates on borrowing money,” said Daru Burdge, regional president for CredAbility. “Consumers can take advantage of low rates to help them save money on planned purchases.”

  • ‘Coming home to Kingston’

    Brothers James and Richard Owens have started Phase 1 construction for their Kingston-based manufacturing company facility, JR Global Manufacturing Inc.

    The 5,000-square-foot building to be erected at 1221 Gallaher Road by Botkin Construction, will house the precision machining and production operations for the company.

    “We are finally coming home to Kingston” said James Owens, company president. 

  • Southern Security on the move

    Southern Security recently marked its 30th year of business and relocated  to Browder’s Ace Hardware, Kingston.

    The new business address is 1100 Ladd Landing Blvd.

    The business, which started in August 1981 in Knoxville, is owned and operated by Randy Register of Kingston.

    Register constructed a new facility in 1983 and moved his business of selling safes, specifically gun safes, to Kingston.

    The facility, at Oak Hills Drive and Hwy. 70 in Kingston, was Southern Security’s home until the most recent move.

  • Boleses now own Kentucky agency

    Thomas “Tommy” and Leslie S. Boles, formerly of Rockwood, recently acquired Main Street Insurance Services Inc. of Middletown, Ky.

    The company was added to the couple’s previous holding, Boles Insurance.

    “By combining resources, Main Street Insurance Services along with Boles Insurance, will now be leading the industry into more innovative insurance policies and procedures — strengths and assets that you won’t find from other insurance firms in the Louisville, Ky., and surrounding areas,” Tommy Boles said.