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  • Attorney wants more time on ash safety issue

    Knoxville attorney James Scott needs more time to respond to the motion to dismiss filed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

    Scott filed a federal lawsuit against Jacobs in August, alleging the company lied to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash. His lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs.

    Jacobs’ attorneys contend the company is entitled to immunity and the lawsuit should be dismissed.

  • BABAHATCHIE COMMUNITY BAND Heading to the concert, but don’t know where to park?

    Today’s a big day for Harriman’s holiday celebration.

    After a postponement due to rainy weather, the city’s annual Christmas parade will begin at 7 p.m.

    And at 8 p.m., the Babahatchie Community Band will strike up for its Christmas concert in the Princess Theatre.

    Downtown’s usually crowded at parade time, but don’t let fear of finding a parking place keep you away from sounds of the season.

  • Nominees sought for Endangered Heritage listing

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance welcomes the general public to submit nominations of endangered historic places or structures to be included in the 2014 “East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage” list.

    Nominations are accepted from Roane, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties.

    The deadline for nominations is Jan. 10.

  • Roane artists unite

    This weekend, Roane County’s artists will be showcasing their talents.

    Not only are various pieces going to be shown in homes as part of the Cornstalk Heights Christmas Home Tour, but the Arts Council of Roane County also will have a free art show at the downtown Harriman building known as The Annex at 431 N. Roane St.

    The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

    It’s the group’s second show.

    “It was very successful last year,” said Lyn Meany, vice president of the arts council.

  • Harriman may stick to new cold medicine law

    Efforts like Harriman’s legislation to curb methamphetamine labs in local communities has been deemed unlawful by an opinion from Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter Robert E. Cooper Jr.

    Harriman passed an ordinance this fall making it illegal to sell pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products without a prescription.

    Other Tennessee communities have done the same.

    Cooper’s opinion won’t necessarily stop Harriman, however.

    City Attorney Harold Balcom said Cooper’s opinion is just that — an opinion.

  • Scammers target Medicare enrollees, but local resident smarter in end

    Medicare and Social Security scams continue to be a big problem targeting seniors and the elderly.

    Rockwood’s Mary Kau believes she was the target of a recent scam attempt.Someone called and asked her for information, saying she was going to be sent a new Medicare card.

    “In order to verify who I was, they wanted verification of my bank account,” Kau said. “They said, ‘Go get your checkbook.’ I said I don’t feel comfortable.”

    When she said she was going to call and check with Medicare, the caller hung up.

  • Watch out for possible hazards over holiday

    The holidays are a relaxed time for families and friends to spend time together, but before children are out of school for the holidays and tiny friends and relatives come to visit take some time to poison proof your home.

    One of the most important poison prevention tips is to make sure that alcoholic drinks and products are placed out of a child’s reach. This is especially important at parties and holiday gatherings when children can find cups containing leftover alcohol within their reach.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Evangelical Christians: recall the eye of a needle

    Last week we wrote some on the topic of the right-wing Republicans and their war upon the poor, concentrating on their efforts to reduce Food Stamps (a.k.a. SNAP).

    Today we would focus our attention on one particular segment of these radical right-wing Republicans, i.e. the so-called Evangelical Christians.

    Last time we questioned how any Christian, whether clergy or laity, could support these efforts against the poor.

  • Sheriff’s race opponent emerges

    Jared Hall, a patrolman with the Rockwood Police Department, is planning to run for Roane County sheriff in 2014.

    “I know a lot of the people in the county — the good guys and all the bad guys,” he said Thursday. “I love most everybody. I don’t think there’s anybody I truly hate.”

    Hall has been with the Rockwood Police Department since January 2012.

    Prior to that, he worked for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office for nine years, reaching the rank of sergeant.

  • Teachers’ pay changes in the works

    Roane County Schools is still in the process of putting together a differentiated pay plan for teachers.

    In June the state Board of Education mandated that school systems put the plans in place.

    “The problem with that, just like all state mandates, is you have to do it estimating what kind of money you’re going to get for raises and that’s hard to do, but we’ll have it ready,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.