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  • Johnson calls to remember TVA ash spill

    The ash spill continues to make headlines nearly 10 years after the disaster.

    The most recent were sparked by a federal jury’s verdict in the civil trial involving Jacobs Engineering Group and people who worked on the years long cleanup at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The jury of six women and four men found Jacobs failed to exercise reasonable care in carrying out the duties it owed to the workers.

    The jury also found the breach of duty was capable of causing illnesses that the workers allege they are suffering from.

  • REU nixes broadband

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board Thursday declined to move forward with a recently discussed broadband access proposal.

    The board had recently discussed several fiber-optic based broadband proposals that could provide various levels of coverage at a cost of $10 million to $34 million.

    The motion to continue to examine the possibility of providing broadband could not get a second.

    “For now this means the board will take no further action,” said REU General Manager Kendall Bear.

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  • Hwy. 70 site ruled appropriate for mega high school

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody wanted the Planning Commission to take a look at the site where the Board of Education is planning to build a new high school. The Planning Commission did so, and determined the site is good enough for the proposed project.

    “Based on the data currently available to the Roane Regional Planning Commission, the planning commission concluded that this proposed site (Hamilton Property) is a suitable site for a consolidated high school,” Building Official Glen Cofer said in a email to Woody.

  • Man in AMBER alert case moved to Roane

    The suspect in the disappearance of a Rockwood teen was booked into the Roane County Jail last week.

    Robert Andrew Garren, 31, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of aggravated statutory rape.

    The TBI issued an Amber Alert for the teen on Nov. 8.

    She was later found with Garren in Henry County, Ga.

    Garren was picked up at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday and transported to Roane County, where he remained jailed on Friday.

  • Dogwood Drive project faces scrutiny

    The Kingston City Council on Tuesday decided to delay voting on authorization to execute a contract with Tennessee Department of Transportation for the Dogwood Drive Expansion Project.

    The $1.7 million project to improve the road would require Kingston pay half the cost, or about $850,000.

    The city would have to take out a loan to finance the project.

    Councilwoman Stephanie Wright made a motion to table the vote until new members of the council were seated and had time to review the issue.

  • TBI shows the tools of their trade

    TBI held a media event at its Knoxville crime lab this fall.

    “Traditionally, TBI was founded to work those complicated crime scenes that the small agencies can’t work,” said Mike Lyttle, assistant director of forensic services for the TBI.

    “Homicides typically, usually in rural areas where they don’t have a large enough police force to deal with that.”

    TBI officials gave a tour of the crime lab and provided an up close look at some of the tools the agency uses to conduct investigations.

  • Rockwood Police promote Heidle to detective

    By Richard Evans

    Experience and training — that’s what Det. Randy Heidle brings to the table for the Rockwood Police Department.

    “I’ve always enjoyed investigations and I’m looking forward to working with the Chief and the other investigators here in the City of Rockwood. I’m really fortunate. It’s a great opportunity,” he said.

    Heidle was promoted to the position following the approval of the Rockwood City Council during their most recent meeting on Monday, Oct. 22.

  • Teen accused of aggravated robbery

    A teenager is accused in an alleged robbery.

    The female victim told police she was robbed of $20 and hit her with a weapon.

    Zachery Douglas Ray, 18, has been charged with especially aggravated robbery in the incident.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the victim told police that she had spent the night with some friends in Knoxville.

  • Humphrey assault case dismissed because alleged victim a no-show

    Misdemeanor assault charges against former Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey were dropped in Anderson County General Sessions Court Thursday.

    The prosecution retains the option of filing charges again in the future.

    “I am very grateful for all the support I received from people in the community,” Humphrey said.

    He had nothing else to add.

    He was charged with assault after a June 30 incident at Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill in Oak Ridge.