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Update: sex offenders to pay more in Roane County

UPDATE: Roane County commissioners voted unanimously to pass the proposal that will require sex offenders to pay an additional $50 each year.

They approved the proposal 15-0.


(WBIR - Roane County) Roane County commissioners are expected to vote Monday night on whether to charge the area's sex offenders an additional $50 per year.

Kingston police, food pantry team up to help needy

(WBIR, Kingston) - Hundreds of families in Roane County will now have a Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the Kingston Police Department and Hands of Mercy Enterprises.

Wednesday morning, the two organizations teamed up to hand out turkeys and all the trimmings to more than 800 families.

This is the sixth year for the food giveaway, and it all started when one of the officers noticed a need at Hands of Mercy Enterprises.

Ash spill cleanup workers appeal dismissed lawsuit

A group of more than 45 people who worked to cleanup the TVA ash spill in Kingston are appealing a lawsuit they filed against their employer, Jacobs Engineering Group.

TVA contracted Jacobs Engineering Group to help clean up the spill after it happened in December 2008 and help evaluate potential health and safety hazards related to the cleanup efforts.

1 person killed, 3 children hurt in Roane Co. accident

(WBIR) The driver in a two-car accident late last week has died.

THP says the accident happened last Thursday when a minivan rear-ended a car that was waiting to turn left onto Shady Road from Highway 61 just west of Oliver Springs.

The driver of the car, 61-year-old Debbie L Johnson, was taken to the hospital, where she died late Sunday night. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Three children who were in the minivan were hurt, while three other people were not hurt.

Kingston breaks ground on solar farm

(WBIR) A new solar farm is going up in Kingston, and city leaders say it will save taxpayers money in the long run.

The city broke ground on the project at the corner of James Ferry Road and Highway 58 on Monday morning.

The solar farm will generate 200 kilowatts of power and will include 800 solar panels. The city says the sunlight the panels will collect will generate enough electricity to off-set the power needs of the Kingston Water Plant.

Rockwood man charged with vehicular homicide, 6th DUI

A grand jury indicted a Rockwood man for vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a woman.

Single-car crash claims life of Rockwood woman

Oliver Springs H.S. parents, students concerned over school's future