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Today's News

  • Hearing site too hard to find?

    A community organizing group is demanding the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation hold another public hearing on TVA’s application for a permit modification of its Class II landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “We’ve got letters out to the governor and we’ve got phone calls in to TDEC,” Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Board President Patrick Morales said.

    “We want a public hearing that’s not happening during the Christmas season.”  

  • Rockwood seeks federal grant to pave Airport Road

    To pave or not to pave.

    Rockwood City Council balked at paying for the paving of their portion of Airport Road back in November, when bids were considered and the lowest bid was in the $20,000 range.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he and Public Works Director Hugh O’Dell went up to the roadway when state officials were on site and were told they could get a federal safety grant with a 10-percent match.

    He estimates the city portion would be $5,000 if the grant is awarded.

  • Kingston’s White back on REU board

    Kingston City Councilman Don White is serving another term on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

    The REU retiree was recommended by the Kingston City Council, and Rockwood City Council approved the recommendation this month.

    Also reappointed this month is James “Russ” Cisson, to serve on the Rockwood Park and Recreation Board.

    The Rockwood City Council also approved the city’s holiday schedule for 2015.

  • Roane, ETHRA accused of probation scheme

    A Morgan County woman is suing East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Roane County in federal court, alleging the two engaged in a scheme to keep people on probation longer than the law allows in order to continue collecting fees.

    Rachel Dawn Bohanan claims the scheme resulted in her “illegal” arrest on July 15.

  • TVA truck aids in trench rescue

    Mike Stanton, a maintenance supervisor for TVA, was working at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 12 when he got a call from his incident coordinator.

    “He said that Roane County had a situation down the road where an individual had been trapped in a trench and they believed our vacuum truck could help speed up the process,” Stanton said.

    An employee with Sparta-based Danson Construction got trapped while working on a Roane County sewer project on Moses Lane.

  • Fee plan helps with bldg. inspector

    Rockwood found a new way to recoup some of the costs of having someone on staff as building inspector.

    A new plan-checking fee schedule was passed on first reading this month at the recommendation of building inspector Harold Ishman.

    “This will reimburse the city some for what we pay him,” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

    Officials said they pay Ishman about $30 an hour.

    The fees would apply to anyone bringing in construction plans and blueprints for review.

  • Willis big winner in Chamber shopping spree

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce received almost 3,000 entries in this year’s Christmas shopping spree.

    During a drawing at The Roane Alliance’s annual Christmas open house, three winners were awarded $1,000.

    Connie Willis of Harriman won $500, while John Baker of Rockwood and Maxine Schuburt of Harriman each received $250.

    “This money will be very helpful to not only finish my Christmas shopping,” said Willis, “but also help pay for a large purchase she made recently at Rocky Top for a family member.”

  • See special displays at Festival of the Nativity

    Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will showcase unique displays of Nativity scenes from around the world during its Festival of the Nativity at 2 p.m. Dec. 28.

    Groups are welcome to view the displays.

    Cookies and hot cider will be served.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

    Call 376-6340 for details.

  • Music emphasis in new OS church

    Benchmark Church, Oliver Springs, will open its doors on Jan. 4.

    The church will be at 961 E. Tri County Blvd. in the Norwood School zone.

    Benjamin Blankenship, a multi-ple-award-winning Southern Gospel artist, will be the church’s pastor.

    “Come to a great new church with a profound emphasis on Southern Gospel, country Gos-

    pel, Bluegrass Gospel and praise music in worship,” Blankenship said.

  • Midway educators, staff help out inmates’ children

    On hand for Midway Elementary School’s inaugural “Toys 4 Inmates’ Children” toy drive are, from left, Principal Tim Thompson, Midway student resource officer Rick Butler and Sgt. Tina Adkisson of Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Midway school counselor Hylene Pankey, Lt. Rick Baker of Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Brenda Melton, Midway pre-K assistant.

    The toys were collected and donated by Midway’s faculty and staff and were handed over to the sheriff’s office for distribution.