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  • TVA Watts Bar to be topic at open house

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house and poster session on March 17 to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Watts Bar nuclear power plant’s Unit 1 during 2014.

    The plant, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is near Spring City, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville and about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The open house and poster session will begin at 6 p.m. in Athens Comfort Inn at 2811 Decatur Pike.



    For Roane County News

    The Roane County Commission approved a plan Monday to move funds from the county property assessor’s budget to pay for the Tennessee Comptroller’s takeover of the county’s reassessment process.


    Joshua, left, and Isaiah Snipes light a candle during last week’s Space for Grace service at Rockwood First Christian Church. “It is our special prayer service during the season of Lent,” Pastor Kara Foster said. The service was a way for members to find rest and quiet while spending time in prayer. Candles were lit as a symbol of a prayer request, along with Communion and Scripture. The Lord’s Prayer was the closing.

  • All snowed out and no days to go



    Roane County Schools used its final snow day last Thursday.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said advice from the National Weather Service determined his decision, which he announced shortly after 4 a.m.

    “At 4 o’clock this morning, it was sleeting in the very western end of Roane County,” Aytes said after making his decision early Thursday.

    “The National Weather Service told us it was a much higher chance that we were going to get sleet and ice.”

  • Drug court goes to Commission for the go-ahead



    District Attorney General Russell Johnson and General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey are expected to attend Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting to request support for their drug court proposal.

  • Attorney deems no conflict for Berry on board



    District 1 County Commissioner Ron Berry stepped down from the Cable TV Committee last month after District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson questioned if he had a conflict of interest.

    “I certainly don’t need a conflict of interest serving on the Cable TV Committee,” Berry said.

    Berry owns BBB Communications, which has a contract with Comcast.

    Ferguson asked County Attorney Greg Leffew to look into the matter.

  • Release of pill mill ringleader no surprise to Roane sheriff



    John Wesley Goss’ release from custody didn’t come as a surprise to one local law enforcement official.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he expected it, considering the circumstances.

    Goss has cancer and an estimated three months to live.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan ordered Goss released last week pending sentencing, which is scheduled for March 27.

  • Snow, ice wreak havoc on roads



    Roane County’s roadways — including its state thoroughfares — aren’t looking their best right now.

    The wintry weather can be blamed.

    “Potholes are created when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws,” according to the maintenance division with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “This weakens the pavement. Traffic loosens it even more, and it eventually crumbles and pops out.”

  • Harriman attorney search may be at end



    Harriman officials may have picked Allison Rehn to be the next city attorney, but the issue isn’t over yet.

    City Council members were not exactly sure how to go about hiring the Harriman resident — whether by appointment or retainer — and whether the city would need to hold a special-called election to fill the spot until 2016, when the position would be up for reelection under the old charter.

  • OS man facing charges from late February crash



    Joshua M. Brown, a 33-year-old Oliver Springs man, is facing charges in a Feb. 27 wreck on Hwy. 61.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brown was driving an 1993 Orange Jeep Cherokee when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle.

    “Driver was on several prescribed narcotics,” the warrant said.

    The warrant also said Brown “had signs of illegal drug use on arms/feet.”

    He was charged with DUI and vehicular assault.