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  • Early bloomers

  • Harriman’s daring $1 offer

    Harriman officials are considering a $1 gamble that could really pay off.
    They are looking at a $1-a-year lease of the current Roane Medical Center’s downtown structure to the Veterans Administration for a hospital to help those who served in the armed forces.
    “It’s a long shot, but there are so many things that are right about it,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason about the possible deal. “The location; the relation to where it is on Interstate 40.”

  • Hurley’s dog ejected from courthouse

    Dogs aren’t allowed in the Roane County Courthouse unless they are assisting a disabled person.
    State Rep. Julia Hurley found that out recently when she brought her pedigreed Chinese crested into the building.
    It’s a tiny, mostly hairless breed with a long, lion-like mane.
    “It kind of caught me off guard to see a dog walking in the middle of the courthouse,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.
    Woody responded by asking security to remove the dog.
    That didn’t sit well with Hurley.

  • Preservation committee seeks new direction

    With grant opportunities scarce, the Temperance Building committee in Harriman is thinking of a new approach for funding preservation efforts.
    The committee is going to turn into a nonprofit to seek private money, said Mike Demyanovich.
    The Temperance Building held the first offices of the East Tennessee Land Co., which was responsible for land sales in the city’s birth as a Prohibition-era utopia. It later became the home of the American Temperance University.
    Demyanovich said the needed work at the Temperance Building would cost about $1.5 million.

  • Middle-schoolers get taste of college at Roane State

    Eighth-graders got a taste of what it’s like to be a college student during a daylong visit to Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
    The “College Student for a Day” event on March 7 involved 70 students.
    They participated in an orientation session, class rotations and a variety of hands-on activities that highlighted college programs.

  • Rockwood rounds up narcotics suspects

    A grand jury recently indicted eight people on sale and delivery of Schedule II narcotics.
    So far, six of those suspects have been taken into custody according to Rockwood Police Investigator Josh Rymer.
    Rymer said the majority of the cases involved the sale of Oxycodone.

  • All you need is Pi
  • Working on the railroad
  • Riding the fence rails at the rodeo
  • Volkswagen digs Roane

    March 13 was Super Tuesday for Roane County’s economic development organization, but the fervor had nothing to do with politics.
    It was about Volkswagen’s decision to build a $40 million, 400,000-square-foot warehouse-distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.