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  • Meth labs busy despite new laws

    Methamphetamine production continues in small laboratories in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country in spite of new laws regulating and tracking the sale of pharmacy products used to manufacture the illegal drug.

    That is one of the findings of a report released this week by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability about attempts to control access to legal products sold at pharmacies which are later used to create methamphetamine.

  • Officer who saved infant honored

    A Harriman police officer acted quickly to save the life of a choking infant last month.

    His employers took notice.

    Michael Wesley Cox was honored for his work this month with a medal of commendation and lifesaving ribbon.

    “Officer Cox cleared the child’s airway by turning her over and slapping her on the back three times,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said, reading the commendation Cox received.

    Cox received the call about the 3-week-old infant choking on Bennett Circle on the evening of Dec. 6.

  • New Y-12 complex operator named

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC has been selected as the new management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

    The NNSA said the move will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade.

  • Councilman seeks cleanup reimbursement

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson is tired of cleaning up properties and rarely seeing the money for that cleanup quickly returned to the city.

    He was so fed up last year he asked that action be taken to quickly collect on the lien at 316 Carter St., setting a timeline to take further action after 90 days.

    The city tore down the burned-out building at a cost of  $15,000 in 2011.  It’s been more than his proposed 90 days, but Sampson is determined to get that money back.

  • Paper mill cleanup may be near

    Efforts to clean up an old paper mill site in Harriman are moving forward.
    Getting the Clinch River Corp.’s site on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  National Priorities List is the goal.
    Harriman City Councilman Buddy Holley recently received heartening news about the designation.
    “I hope in February we should know something,” Holley said. Once started, he added, the cleanup work could move quickly.
    “I don’t think it will take over a year or so because it is not that bad,” he said.

  • Gospel group has local connection

    Thursday’s concert at the Princess Theatre will be extra special for one of the Kingdom Heirs.
    “I grew up in Harriman, went to my very first movie there at the Princess Theatre when I was just 5 years old,” piano player Andy Stringfield said. “I’m very excited to come back and it’s really going to be an honor to play at the Princess Theatre.”
    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Midtown Volunteer Fire Department. 

  • Driver honored with blood drive

    A beloved school bus driver was honored by a blood drive at Bowers Elementary Monday afternoon.
    The community decided to hold a blood drive for John Lewis.
    He has leukemia and is at home in hospice care.
    Initially the idea was to replenish supplies for his daily blood transfusions, but now the family looks at it as an opportunity to help others.
    “He said even though I can’t use it, somebody else could,” said his son David Lewis, who was giving his own donation Monday afternoon at Bowers Elementary.

  • McClure DUI hearing set for next week

    On Jan. 14, Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure is set for his first hearing on a driving under the influence charge.
    Police said McClure was found unresponsive in his vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22, 2012.His initial hearing was first set for June 11, 2012, then rescheduled several times.
    Court records said McClure was found in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which was still running.
    An officer had to break a window to get into the vehicle.

  • Nuclear waste company changing hands

    EnergySolutions Inc. this week announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a subsidiary of Energy Capital Partners II LLC.
    The transaction is worth $1.1 billion, EnergySolutions said in a press release.
    The company’s Roane County operations include facilities on Bear Creek Road in Oak Ridge and Gallaher Road in Kingston.

  • Newest four named to TVA board

    The United States Senate confirmed Joe H. Ritch of Alabama, Michael McWherter and Vera Lynn Evans of Tennessee and C. Peter Mahurin of Kentucky to serve on the TVA Board of Directors.
    According to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office, the four nominees passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Jan. 1. 
    “Assuming the president signs all four confirmations, we will have eight members with one seat vacant,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “A quorum is a simple majority of five, so yes, we will then have a quorum.”