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Today's News

  • TVA tracks at Swan Pond coming up

    As TVA’s ash spill cleanup winds down at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Swan Pond, an important element of effort is being removed.

    TVA will be taking up railroad tracks that cross the roadway near the plant. The rails were installed for the cleanup after the Dec. 22, 2008, spill.

    Much of Swan Pond Road will be closed on Monday, June 23, for the removal, which TVA is paying for.

  • REU transformer problem douses lights

    Much of Rockwood lost power Monday after a late afternoon transformer problem.

    Rockwood Police directed traffic at intersections for several hours until power was restored.

    The problem was at Rockwood’s primary substation, said Kendall Bear, Rockwood Electric Utility manager.

    Bear estimated 4,000 to 5,000 customers were impacted by the outage.

    Two transformers were both de-energized when the breakers that feed them tripped.

    One transformer has been isolated and the load switched to the other while TVA runs diagnostics.

  • CSI: Roane County Youth Edition

    A group of middle school-aged students were immersed in their own crime scene investigation this summer.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Youth Academy was like a “CSI” spinoff that took place at Roane County High School.

    Instead of relaxing by the pool or playing video games, these students were able to get a better look into what the sheriff’s office does and what all goes into law enforcement.

    There’s another benefit.

  • Cooling-off period proposed for Harriman council

    Harriman elected officials may find it harder to seek city employment after they have served.

    A policy proposed by Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright would require at least four years between an elected official’s time in office and any employment with the city.

    “I think it is a good ordinance,” Wright said.

    He said he’d heard from residents who were concerned a city official might resign and seek an office like the newly established city manager position.

  • Tornado brush cleanup big job

    Kingston, designated an official “Tree City” by the Arbor Day Foundation, might well be called Brushburg lately.

    After last week’s tornado, piles of the stuff are everywhere.

    City manager David Bolling said the city is working to clear that away as quickly as possible.

    The tornado came without warning Tuesday, June 10, skiping along a forested ridge that parallels busy Kentucky Street.

    Although no one was seriously hurt, 80-mph winds caused extensive damage to trees, signs and powerlines.

  • The Garden Gate: Tell those flies to bug off with a mint bouquet

    Perhaps now is the time to give recognition to a native American plant that grows abundantly in 48 states.

    The seeds of this plant are high in vitamin C and are enjoyed equally by people and birds.

    And its showy flower heads grow to monumental proportions.

    Of course, a sunflower with a bloom 1 foot or more across is hard to miss — and it is fully spectacular enough to merit some attention.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 18

    25 Years Ago

  • Night sounds hike planned on Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a guided night sounds hike beginning at 9 p.m. June 28.

    Those wishing to participate in this free event are asked to meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area.

    The hike will progress from there to the overlook and back as a ranger guides the group through the collage of sounds on the trail.

    The less-than-half-mile round-trip hike is open to all ages.

    Children participating must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

  • Post-Flag Day cookout set at Westel Fire Department

    Westel Fire Department’s monthly fundraising dinner on June 20 will be hosted by Woodmen of the World Chapter 900.

    The cookout, with hamburgers and hot dogs, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall west of Rockwood on Hwy. 70 in the Westel community.

    Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children, with all proceeds benefiting the fire hall.

    Call Terry Carter at 388-6846 for further details.

    Woodmen of the World will have this event in honor of Flag Day, which was June 14.

  • Military matters for Explorers

    Members of Kingston Police Explorers Post 376 who are leaving this summer for the U.S. armed services were honored.

    The post also recently raised $1,200 for the Wounded Warrior Project.