Local News

  • More than 15 charged in plot to make meth

    More than a dozen Roane County residents have been charged in a methamphetamine conspiracy.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on July 16.

  • TVA settling coal ash suits for $27.8 million

    A resolution has been reached to resolve the litigation over the TVA ash spill.

    Sixty-three lawsuits encompassing more than 850 plaintiffs were pending against the agency in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

    Under the mediated global resolution, TVA will pay $27.8 million to the clerk of the federal court.

    The clerk will disburse $25.5 million to attorneys for the plaintiffs. The remaining $2.3 million is to be retained by the clerk for further disbursement orders of the court.

  • Ambulances flunk state inspection

    Two Roane County ambulances failed inspection on July 24.

    The inspections were conducted by the Tennessee Department of Health.

    “Outside rear tires are slick and left will not even measure tread,” the inspection report on Unit 502 said.

    Scott Stout, acting director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, said the problem was quickly corrected and the ambulance was back on the road in less than an hour.

  • No tax increase needed to fund Harriman budget

    Harriman City Council will have its first reading of the city’s 2014-15 budget at the regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The proposed budget will not include a property tax increase — but it will also not include a lot of bells and whistles, either.

    “The only thing I can see us doing as far as this budget is concerned is pretty much operating as we have the last 10 or 12 years and try to maintain that,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt last week.

  • Rockwood workers’ investments not made, made deals for repay

    A handful of longtime Rockwood employees were supposed to have money taken from their paychecks to be invested with Security Benefits.

    That never happened.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans took Rockwood officials to task for being told she could not know the amounts — because the funds were personal to be invested for individuals, not city funds.

  • Hotel study OK’d

    Can Rockwood support a hotel?

    Officials mean to find out, and they’ve agreed to hire Dimond Hotel Consulting Group to do a market and economic feasibility study.

    They believe a successful study is key to prove to any potential business person it would work.

    “I support doing a feasibility study because I’d like to have an outside opinion on whether we need to hush about getting a hotel or whether we have an opportunity to get a hotel,” said Mayor James Watts.

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  • Butler says she’s filing for bankruptcy

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility incurred $7,019.97 in expenses for the disciplinary case it brought against Harriman attorney Donice Butler.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court order suspending Butler requires her to pay those costs, but she said the board will never see a dime of that money.

    “Unfortunately, and I’m not proud of this, but I’m going to be filing bankruptcy,” Butler said.

    “One of the debts I’m going to bankrupt is the board’s $7,000 bill that they think I’m going to pay.”

  • Roane worksites among 38 part of TOSHA plan

    Two Roane County worksites are among 38 across Tennessee participating in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program operated by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Employees at EnergySolutions-Bear Creek and Manufacturing Sciences Corp. are among more than 24,000 employees participating in the program in Tennessee.

    “VPP is the state’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in the area of safety and health program management,” said TOSHA Assistant Administrator Jim Flanagan.

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