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Bug changes Harriman brush collection rules

Bug changes Harriman brush collection rules

The city of Harriman is hoping to help prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Roane County is one of 16 area counties under the bug quarantine.  Fire wood, ash trees, and similar products cannot be removed from the counties.

Before, Harriman Public Works employees would remove brush from neighborhoods and turn it into mulch.  The mulch was sold for profit or given away.

Now, the mulch will not leave the city's brush disposal site.

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TVA, EPA look to cleanup remaining Kingston coal ash

TVA, EPA look to cleanup remaining Kingston coal ash

TVA and the Environmental Protection Agency met with Roane County residents Tuesday afternoon to update them about the progress of cleanup at the Kingston TVA coal ash spill.

In December 2008, one billion gallons of sludge spilled from a collection pond at the site.

More than 350 TVA employees are building a wall to contain the coal ash in a landfill near the Emory River so that does not happen again. The agency is also cleaning up the middle portion of that waterway.

Traffic problems to be addressed at Dyllis Springs Elementary

Traffic problems to be addressed at Dyllis Springs Elementary

A new elementary school in Roane County is attracting attention for what happening inside and outside of its walls.

Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs opened its doors to students for the first time ever last week. More than 400 children attend classes in a new building that uses geothermal energy and other energy efficient building materials.

While many parents are excited to have their children attend the school, some say they would like to see problems affecting traffic congestion at the school fixed.

Dyllis Springs Elementary opens doors for first time

Dyllis Springs Elementary opens doors for first time

Thursday was not only the first week of school for students at Dyllis Springs Elementary School, it was also the first week for the building.

School officials and special guests officially cut the ribbon on Roane County's newest school Thursday.

The building, which will serve more than 400 students this year is state-of-the-art. It uses geothermal energy, energy efficient building materials, and will eventually use solar power.

"Word's can't really express this building and all that went into the shaping of it. It is awesome," said Principal Gwen Johnson.

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tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

As many high school seniors begin to prepare for college, one local scholarship program is gearing up for a higher number of applicants this year.

"tnAchieves" provides assistance to public school students who continue their education at a community college. In East Tennessee, those schools include Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Walter State Community college.

The "last dollar" scholarship provides funds to cover whatever tuition costs remain after financial aid and other scholarships.

Kingston grandfather killed, grandson finds body

Kingston grandfather killed, grandson finds body

"Can't imagine why anyone would do that - to an older person, who loved people like he did," Steve Blevins said, more than 24 hours since he discovered his grandfather, Russel, dead from gunshot wounds.

"He was older, he was feeble... but he was getting around good," he added, describing the 85-year-old widower, who lived in a secluded home off Hart Orchard Road in Kingston.

Developing: Murder investigation in Roane County

Developing: Murder investigation in Roane County

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are in Roane County Monday, assisting in a murder investigation.

TBI confirms they responded to a homicide at 138 Art Orchard Road in Kingston on Sunday evening.  One man was killed. Family says the victim was Russel Blevins, who was in his 80s.

Neighbors say that Blevins was a widower who had lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years.  They say he lived alone.

The Roane County Sheriff's Office is also on the scene.  They have released no further information.