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    Due to storm damage to the Temperance Building, crews have begun replacing the entire roof on the Harriman landmark.

  • Jail decertification risk

    Less than four years after it opened, the Roane County Jail is in danger of decertification.
    Denise Messer, a detention facility specialist with the Tennessee Corrections Institute, inspected the jail on May 2.
    “Certification cannot be recommended at this time,” Messer wrote in her report. “A reinspection will be conducted on or before July 2, 2013.”
    The jail’s certified capacity is 174. The population the day of the May 2 inspection was 188.

  • Annexing out for a year in Midtown

    Midtown residents can rest easy for a year.
    That’s how long they have before Harriman city officials can set their annexation sights on the area again.
    Members of the Harriman City Council, however, are pondering what a yearlong state moratorium on annexation and potential law changes regarding growth boundaries could do for their chances of annexing commercial hot spots along the Hwy. 70 corridor.

  • Fun, focus on college savings

    Five bucks and some change will give Tennesseans access to some of the state’s best-known family-friendly attractions later this month.
    Across the state, people can visit a minor league baseball game, a museum or zoo on May 29 for only $5.29 each. People can also register online to win prizes and perks that day.
    It is all part of an effort to raise awareness about the Tennessee Treasury Department’s TNStars College Savings 529 Program, which offers families a low-cost way to save money for college expenses while receiving certain tax advantages.

  • Santek opening facility in Roane

    The old CAST Transportation site on Farmer Road will soon be home to a maintenance facility for Santek Waste Services.
    “We did sign a lease on that building,” Cheryl L. Dunson, executive vice president of marketing for Santek, said last week.
    Santek is headquartered in Cleveland.
    According to its website, the company manages 16 solid waste landfills, three transfer stations and four waste collection companies in a nine-state region that includes Tennessee.
    The old CAST Transportation site includes a 20,000 square-foot warehouse.

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  • Judge ends Houston hearing

    Hearing after hearing, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. has struggled with a defiant Leon Houston.
    Monday morning was no different.
    “I have it in every transcript,” Shirley told Houston. “You will not listen to me.”
    Houston was indicted in January on one count of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
    Last week the government filed a superseding indictment, which replaces the one filed in January.

  • Rockwood kids listen to Lorax

    Teachers Tim Ensminger and Jessica Alred said taking care of the environment is one of the main focuses of the science clubs at Rockwood Middle and Rockwood High School.
    That was evident on a recent Saturday morning when the students spruced up the recycle container that sits between the schools and planted a tree at the high school. 
    “We’re here to help the earth,” junior Matthew Stamey said, “anything we can do at school and in the community to help make it more green and efficient is a good thing.”

  • Gov. vetoes controversial Ag-Gag bill

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this week said he will veto HB 1191/SB 1248, more commonly known as the “Ag-Gag” Bill.
    The bill would have, by restricting photography, made it a crime for whistleblowers to document and expose unethical and illegal activity in horse stables and at industrial agriculture facilities.

  • Bolling in as Kingston manager

    By Friday morning, Kingston’s list of candidates for the open city manager’s position had been whittled down to David. And David.
    By 2 that afternoon, there was only one David left — David Bolling, a former Oliver Springs town administrator and Clinton native whose most recent stopover was a year-long stint in the town of Newcastle, Maine.