Local News

  • Ash cleanup suit dismissal reversed

    A lawsuit filed against Jacobs Engineering Group is headed back to U.S. District Court in Knoxville. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.

    TVA hired Jacobs to provide oversight during the ash spill cleanup at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Some of the people who worked on the cleanup claimed Jacobs lied about the dangers of fly ash and denied their requests to wear respirators and dust masks.

    The workers also claimed they suffered various health prob-

  • Summer months most deadly for teen drivers

    Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

    In 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver.

  • Boxed BBQ lunch raising funds for ride program

    Leadership Roane County’s class of 2015 will have a barbecue boxed lunch fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, June 15.

    The fundraiser is hosted by Jamestowne Assisted Living at 851 Lawnville Road, Kingston.

    Cost is $10 per boxed lunch, with drive-up or delivery available.

    Proceeds will benefit Round About Roane, an elder transportation program from Mid-East Community Action Agency.

    Call or text 293-7680 or email watersmh@roanestate.edu for details.

  • Hone skills in negotiations at June 23 session

    “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” will be the next in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE Lunch and Learn workshop series.

    The workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m. June 23 in Kingston City Hall’s conference room at 900 Waterford Place.

    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m.

    “Negotiation skills are important — whether you negotiate for your business or within your personal relationships,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist with The Roane Alliance.

  • Campers learn basketball basics

    Young girls stood firm against looming adversaries while being taught defense skills at Roane County High School’s girls basketball camp.

    The youth, grades kin-dergarten through sixth grade, were taught ball handling, proper shooting technique and other basketball skills.

    “Girls that have aspirations of playing basketball, this gives them a chance to work on their fundamental skills. I also think it helps with social aspects,” said Coach Connie Guinn.

  • Messy yard gets woman in trouble again

    Helen Hayes is not looking for another legal fight with Roane County.

    “I don’t bother nobody, and I’m going to ask them to not bother me,” she said Tuesday.

    Her plea may be fruitless.

    On Monday, the Roane County Commission voted to have County Attorney Greg Leffew file a lawsuit against Hayes for “continually allowing conditions of overgrown vegetation/accumulated debris” on her property at 1812 Bluff Road.

    The county has used the court system before to get Hayes’ property cleaned up.

  • Man charged with attack on woman

    Kelly Vance, a 36-year-old Rockwood man, is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10 to answer charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment in an alleged attack against his girlfriend.

    Vance was arrested on May 30.

    According to the warrant taken out by Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich, Kelsey Erickson accused Vance of hitting her in the arm, head, back and throat.

  • REU tweaks its plans for new building

    Rockwood Electric Utility will likely be paying more than planned on its new downtown digs.

    Because of an increasing project scope since the initial design, the estimate has increased.

    The size of the planned building has increased — from 19,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet. That would cost an estimated $400,000 more.

    Other upgrades were made to meet LEED Silver certification (environmental standards). That’s estimated to add $100,000 to the bill, and a geothermal HVAC system could add another $200,000.

  • Kingston officials ask for help

    Water is a precious resource, but some in Kingston can’t pay the bill for it.

    Kingston city officials decided to launch a voluntary program to add $1 a month to water bills, but a year later, they still haven’t raised enough to meet their initial $1,000 goal.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: John Cooper Winslow — Harriman’s character

    Erudite reader, as we reminded you in our column of 15 May, next Monday, 15 June will mark the Eight Hundredth Anniversary of the signing of the Great Charter, most commonly known by its Latin name of Magna Carta (sometimes given as Charta).