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ROANE: TDOT road construction roundup

ROANE: TDOT road construction roundup

TDOT provides this roundup of East Tennessee road construction every week:

ROANE COUNTY, SR 1 /US 27 over Shanty Branch near Poland Hollow Road: Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts and new traffic patterns through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution in this area.


Roane Co. man accused of holding woman hostage, beating her with hose

A Roane County man is accused of holding a woman hostage for two days.

Tobey Yates is in jail, facing kidnapping and assault charges. Deputies say he held the woman at a home in Roane County, tied her to a chair and beat her with a rubber hose.

That woman's mother first called police.

The woman received medical care for severe bruising and a possible drug overdose.

Knoxville attorney to mediate TVA ash spill class action lawsuit

A Knoxville attorney will serve as one of two mediators in a class action lawsuit tied to the TVA coal ash spill in Roane County.

More than 800 plaintiffs are suing TVA over damages from the spill which dumped millions of gallons of coal ash from the Kingston Fossil Plant into the surrounding community.

A federal judge ordered Pamela Reeves and Rodney Max to serve as joint mediators in the case after the plaintiffs and TVA agreed the attorneys would be a good fit with the case.

Saturday marks 4 years since TVA ash spill

Saturday marks four years since a massive spill at the TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant unleashed more than a billion gallons of coal ash into the Emory and Clinch Rivers.

After a year and a half of dredging the ash out of the water, crews stopped in the summer of 2010 and intentionally left a layer of ash at the river bottom.

In November, the EPA announced it had reviewed all three options in conjunction with state environmental officials at TDEC and approved the plan to let sediment naturally cover the ash.

Elaborate meth lab uncovered in Rockwood

The Roane County Sheriff's Office has uncovered an elaborate methamphetamine lab.

Through an anonymous tip, deputies found it deep within the woods of Rockford Wednesday.

Officials are investigating who is responsible for the meth lab. According to Chief Deputy Tim Phillips, they do have some leads.

They are also investigating who owns the property, a very rural area near Joiner Hollow Road.  

Phillips said the lab was capable of cooking 20 to 30 pounds of meth at a time.

New website lists coal ash sites in the southeast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An interactive website and map now shows the location and hazard risks for coal ash sites at 100 power plants throughout the Southeast.

The website, www.southeastcoalash.org , was launched by environmental conservation groups.

It lists details on power plants, the size of their coal ash containments, as well as available EPA risk assessments.

Crew reopen lanes on I-40 E. after camper accident

Crews reopened lanes on I-40 eastbound in Roane County, shortly after 5:30 p.m., after a camper overturned Saturday afternoon.   

Crews worked several hours to clear the single vehicle accident, which happened on 3:11 p.m. Saturday. 

The accident closed the right eastbound lane, and the left lane was partially blocked with debris at mile marker 341 - 342. One eastbound lane remained open to traffic, and westbound traffic reported no delays.

Tennessee Highway Patrol said no one was injured in the accident.