http://www.roanecounty.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Contaminated site set for cleanup http://www.roanecounty.com/content/contaminated-site-set-cleanup <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0701_papermill_web_3.jpg" alt="A long-awaited cleanup of the old paper mill site on the Emory River in Harriman is set to begin this year." title="A long-awaited cleanup of the old paper mill site on the Emory River in Harriman is set to begin this year." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Harriman officials can look forward to seeing a final cleanup of contaminants at the paper mill property.</p> <p> &ldquo;The (U.S.) EPA has contracted with a contractor to clean up this site,&rdquo; said Councilman Buddy Holley. &ldquo;They said they&rsquo;d be done within the year.&rdquo;</p> <p> Holley has been the most vocal about the site, which was once operated by Mead Corp., followed by a few other companies.</p> <p> &ldquo;Mead Corp. has private contractors cleaning up their part,&rdquo; added Holley. &ldquo;Mead is cleaning up most of it.&rdquo;</p> Oliver Springs fined $175,000+ http://www.roanecounty.com/content/oliver-springs-fined-175000 <p> Oliver Springs, a town once renowned for healthful waters, has been slammed with fines for releasing poorly treated sewage into its main creek.</p> <p> Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has levied more than $175,000 in damages and penalties for violations of the Water Quality Control Act.</p> Swan Pond Road work to remove concrete barriers http://www.roanecounty.com/content/swan-pond-road-work-remove-concrete-barriers <p> STAFF REPORTS</p> <p> As cleanup from the 2008 ash spill winds down, TVA will be temporarily closing one lane of Swan Pond Road the week of July 14 to remove concrete barriers and install guardrails next to the Kingston recovery site.</p> <p> The work is expected to last about one week.</p> <p> The lane closure will take place between the intersection with Swan Pond Circle extending south toward the plant entrance.</p> <p> Crews will be using flags at either end of the closure to direct traffic during that time.</p> Controversial development up for first reading vote http://www.roanecounty.com/content/controversial-development-first-reading-vote <p> Having passed the city planning commission, discussion of a proposed rezoning to enable a major development off North Kentucky Street came before Kingston City Council at its work session last week.</p> <p> And just like at the aforementioned planning meeting, a group of concerned citizens from the affected neighborhoods expressed skepticism about the proposal.</p> <p> The development, proposed by property owners Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan, would include a Ford dealership, and possibly a big-box store, plus some other retail, on a 47-acre parcel.</p> EPA offers list of summer tips http://www.roanecounty.com/content/epa-offers-list-summer-tips <p> Planning fun summer activities, such as beach trips, hiking, and gardening? Follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tips &mdash; good for your health, your wallet, and your environment.</p> <p> Air Quality</p> McFarland turns to PR firm in race http://www.roanecounty.com/content/mcfarland-turns-pr-firm-race <p> Tom McFarland has retained the services of a Chattanooga public relations firm to assist him in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.</p> <p> When the Roane County News attempted to contact McFarland last week, Robin Smith of SmithWaterhouse responded on his behalf. &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Mr. McFarland has requested that any inquiries on behalf of the Roane County News be directed to me,&rdquo; Smith said by email.</p> Backpacks help feed hungry kids http://www.roanecounty.com/content/backpacks-help-feed-hungry-kids <p> Many Roane County school children go home each weekend during the school year with a backpack full of foods.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s thanks to a Second Harvest of East Tennessee program and the donations of local organizations and people, like Kingston dentist James Walmsley.</p> <p> &ldquo;For me, with having three kids of our own, the thought of having to see my kid be hungry, or if they ask for something and not having it, that just breaks my heart,&rdquo; said Shannon Walmsley, the office manager and wife of the dentist.</p> Happy 4th of July http://www.roanecounty.com/content/happy-4th-july <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_2_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> Kingston celebrated the nation&rsquo;s 238th birthday in its usual way &mdash; loud, boisterously, festively and ending with its annual Smokin&rsquo; the Water fireworks extravaganza. It took two days for the town to pack in all its celebrating, including boat races on Watts Bar Lake, a parade, musical performances and contests along the waterfront. See Wednesday&rsquo;s issue of the Roane County News and online at roanecounty.com for a more in-depth look at the holiday festivities.</p>