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  • Ash spill containment cell near closure

    Work on the ash spill cleanup project is expected to continue into next year, but a major undertaking appears to be over.

    “The cell is essentially closed out,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said last month.

    Zeller was referring to the 240-acre containment cell where spilled ash is being permanently stored onsite. In March, TVA announced that it had finished construction of an earthquake-resistant, underground retaining wall around the cell. Attention then shifted to capping and covering the cell.

  • Woody addresses TVA board in Nashville

    One of Roane County Executive Ron Woody’s first acts as president of the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments was addressing the TVA Board of Directors during its quarterly meeting in Nashville on Thursday.

    Woody said he touched on a number of things during the three minutes he was allowed to speak.

  • Car seat checks
  • Miller back as Rockwood mayor

    Rockwood overwhelmingly returned former Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller back into the position Tuesday night.

    “I just want to thank everyone that went out and voted, period, but especially for those that voted for me,” said Miller.

    Miller, who was last mayor in 2009, was term-limited from seeking any city office until this election.

    Unofficial vote tallies show Miller garnered 657 votes, 298 more than contender Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who opted to run for mayor instead of re-election to a council seat.


    Kingston voters decided incumbent mayor Troy Beets has had enough time in office.

    Beets, who was first elected in 2005, lost his bid for a third term to Councilman Tim Neal, who will be taking the reins Dec. 1.

    “I really appreciate everyone coming out and voting. One of the reasons we, as a city council, changed the election day to coincide with the federal and state election was to get more people out to vote, and it did,” said Neal.

  • Voters pop cork on wine sales

    The wine in grocery stores referendum passed by big margins in Harriman and Kingston on Tuesday.

    According to unofficial returns from the Roane County Election Commission, 677 people voted for the measure in Harriman compared to 393 who voted against.

    In Kingston, 1,179 people voted for the referendum compared to 646 who voted against.

    “It was a bigger margin than I expected, but I kind of figured it would pass,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

  • More than 14,000 vote
  • Rockwood mayor says city has money for bills

    In response to rumors about the state of the city’s finances, Rockwood Mayor James Watts made a point to reassure residents concerned about the city’s dwindling rainy-day fund.
    “I don’t want folks to think we don’t have enough money to pay our bills,” said Watts at a recent meeting. “We do.”
    He said he recently checked the bank account and found the city had about $500,000 in the bank.
    City funds fluctuate as bills are paid and revenues come in, so the amount in the account varies as things like payroll are paid out and sales tax rolls in.

  • Prediction: A more efficient government

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms first day on the job was Monday.

    The former Oak Hill manager expressed gratitude for the chance to serve in the city’s first managerial post.

    “I’m looking forward to getting to help the people of Harriman and try to do what I can to help them make it the community they want it to be,” Helms said.

    Helms will use his 18 years of experience in a Nashville suburb to bring progress to the city, officials hope.

  • County honored for openness

    One organization thinks Roane County does a pretty good job of keeping residents informed.

    The county received a Tennessee County Services Association Success Story Award for its efforts at the organization’s fall conference last week.

    “We’re pleased to get the award,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said TCSA asked counties to make submissions for the award, but there were no particular categories. Roane’s submission focused on communication and transparency initiatives.