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  • Public input sought on Clinch reactor at NRC Kingston meetings on Tuesday

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with the public in Kingston on Tuesday to discuss TVA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Early Site Permit application for the nearby Clinch River site.

    TVA is seeking resolution of safety and environmental issues related to a potential small modular reactor at the site, approximately five miles southwest of Oak Ridge

  • Rockwood touted for Small City Progress

    The city of Rockwood is being honored with the Small City Progress award by the Tennessee Municipal League.

    TML said the city is receiving the award in honor of the cooperative effort of city officials to reduce blight, increase energy efficiency, improve city services and enhance local recreation opportunities.

    “I just think we have made a

    lot of improvements we are start-ing to see come together. This wouldn’t be happening without our people —I’m talking about our workers,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Exec says meeting notice not sufficient: Significance of BOE sessions a timing issue

    Before becoming Roane County executive, Ron Woody spent years as a consultant for the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.

    One of the things he dealt with in that job was adequate notice for public meetings.

    “In my opinion, it’s a reasonable-person standard,” Woody said. “What would a reasonable person think?”

  • Lower school plan cost?

    The Roane County Board of Education has scheduled a 6 p.m. work session on Monday “for the purpose of discussing the high school building program site and potential savings to the project cost,” according to a public notice the school system sent out.

    The notice, which was sent out on Thursday, also said a special-called meeting will follow the work session.

    The purpose of the meeting, according to the notice, is “to amend the proposed cost of high school building program.”

  • Free computer classes June 9 at Kingston library

    Two free computer classes will be offered June 9 in Kingston Public Library.

    A Microsoft Word class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Though the class will focus on a résumé as a project, the information to be shared will give a general knowledged about Word.

    The second class, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on using the “insert” and “page layout” menus of Microsoft Word.

    No registration is necessary.

  • Details emerge about pill ring

    More details have been uncovered in last month’s large pill and cash seizure. According to a May 24 press release issued by the District Attorney General’s Office, pills, guns, body armor, illegal steroids, a cash-counting machine and more than $38,000 in cash was seized at a residence South of the River on May 21.

    A narrative filed in a forfeiture case reveals how the residence got the attention of authorities.

  • Game shop ‘will not open again,’ owner says after Packard’s raid

    Packard’s Games & Movies in Kingston remained closed this week — and it might stay that way.

    “The Kingston store is closed now and will not be open again,” general manager John Packard said via email on Tuesday.

    A law enforcement task force raided the store on May 24. The search warrant authorizing the raid has yet to be made public. A large Penske moving truck was backed up to the front door of the Packard’s, and officers could be seen putting items into boxes and putting them on the truck.

  • Five things to consider before taking on school consolidation plan

    Five things to consider regarding the Roane County Board of Education high school consolidation plan:

    1) Where is the research data that supports the proposed consolidation strategy (K-14) improving educational outcomes for Roane County students?

  • Man accused of assault and kidnapping

    A Harriman man is accused of assaulting a woman and forcing her to remain at a home against her will.

    James Wampler, 36, was arrested when police served a search warrant on May 23 at the Roberts Street residence where the incident is believed to have occurred.

    “He used a weapon. That is the reason for the search warrant was to recover the weapon,” said Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey. “The weapon was a blunt object.

    Wampler is charged with aggravated domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping.

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