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Last $1 million from ash spill to be split between 4 communities
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It's been more than five-and-a-half years since one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history spilled more than a billion gallons of wet ash and sludge in Roane County.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority agreed to pay $43 million to the affected areas after the 2008 spill. Now leaders of that area have decided to spend the last million dollars from that restitution on marketing and public image repair.

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The Roane County Economic Foundations voted Monday to spit up that $1 million between Roane County, Harriman, Rockwood, and Kingston. Now, leaders from those communities must create a plan outlining how they'll use the money. Once those plans are approved, TVA will write the checks. Kingston and Harriman will both receive $375,000. Roane County will get $150,000 and Rockwood will receive $100,000.

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The Roane County Economic Foundation voted this week to split up the last million dollars.

On December 22, 2008, the wall of a huge storage pond broke at the TVA power plant in Kingston. The collapse of the earthen dike unleashed a tidal wave of more than one billion gallons of wet ash and sludge in Roane County, much of it falling directly into the Emory River and Clinch River.


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