Local News

  • Coal-ash regs not embraced

    Environmental groups aren’t doing cartwheels over the nation’s first-ever coal ash regulations.

    “Today’s rule doesn’t prevent more tragic spills like the ones we are still trying to clean up in North Carolina and Tennessee,” Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans said in a news release Friday. “And it won’t stop the slower moving disaster that is unfolding for communities around the country, as leaky coal ash ponds and dumps poison water.”

  • No answer on school architect

    The question of who will be the school system’s architect remains unanswered.

    The Roane County Board of Education met last Thursday, but selecting an architect wasn’t on the agenda.

    Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said the board will make a decision on the architect during a special-called meeting in early January.

    The board interviewed four architectural firms in October. It later narrowed the candidates to Michael Brady Inc. and The Lewis Group.

  • Grove make Christmas brighter

    Families from Kingston Four Apartments got a little extra love this holiday season, thanks to Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

    This is the second year The Grove has adopted the community as a giving-back project.

    “We just want to give back to our community,” said Senior Pastor Phillip Martin.

    A warm meal was served for the community as each apartment received a meal basket full to fix Christmas dinner and each child received a brand new bicycle.

    Diapers were also provided to homes that needed them.

  • Tag-teaming for attention
  • Starved child case back on docket

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death have a new court date.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson are scheduled to appear in Roane County Criminal Court for a hearing on March 16.

    Amanda Dotson is represented by the public defender’s office.

    Knoxville attorney A. Philip Lomonaco is representing Matthew Dotson. Lomonaco is the third attorney to represent him in the case. Matthew Dotson’s first attorney, Joseph Lodato, was allowed to withdraw from the case in July 2013.

  • Roane road salt supplies good

    Many governments weren’t able to get salt this winter from suppliers.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson was lucky. He got a jump on purchasing salt in March, something he was glad he did after learning about the potential of salt shortage this fall.

    “I went ahead this year and placed an order of 500 tons of salt,” said Ferguson.

    It’s a commodity that has made him a popular man with other communities, who have turned to the highway department for help.

  • School board perusing prayer request



    A moment of silence precedes the Pledge of Allegiance at each regular meeting of the Roane County Board of Education.

    That practice was questioned at last Thursday’s meeting.

    “You talk about God in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb told board members.

    “In your pocket, you have money that says, ‘In God We Trust,’ but you have a moment of silence.”

  • Coal ash regulations aim to safeguard air, drinking water



    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited coal ash regulations on Friday, three days before the sixth anniversary of the disaster at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant, which put coal ash in the spotlight.

    “Because of the Tennessee spill in particular, and there have been other spills as well recently, it has raised both the level of awareness and concern,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday.

  • TVA still making amends for disaster



    Work that TVA has done in the Swan Pond community because of the ash spill is now a marketing tool for the area, according to the agency’s top executive.

    “I understand from talking to some of the local people here that this has actually turned out to be an attraction, helpful in people looking to buy houses in the area,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said about Lakeshore Park, a recreation area that opened in May.

  • City’s farmers market may be on the move



    Could moving the Harriman farmers market be good for it and downtown?

    “I’d love to see it downtown,” said Harriman City Councilman Wayne Best recently when city officials bandied about the idea of a move.

    “It would add some foot traffic downtown and some life to downtown,” Best added.

    Where the farmers market should go needs to be decided soon, lest the city lose a grant to build a farmers market pavilion.