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  • Early Dunn director Harris now has home named in her honor

    Michael Dunn Center has grown from its humble beginnings in a small church space to its current location, the number of employees, service recipients and services, all tended under the leadership of former executive director Eileen Harris.

    Michael Dunn Center past and present employees, service recipients and community members recognized that dedication last week by naming one of its service-recipient residents in Harris’ honor.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant testing sirens Thursday

    Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1.

    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries. This is only a test.

  • Hospital to get new leadership

    STAFF REPORTS
    Roane Medical Center’s longtime administrator won’t see the transfer to the new facility that is being built in Midtown.
    Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer, will be retiring in May.
    Covenant Health President and CEO Tony Spezia announced that Gaye Jolly, Covenant’s vice president of supply chain management, will be the hospital’s new president and CAO after Gann’s retirement.

  • VW center in Roane

    Volkswagen is going to have a presence in East Roane County.
    A lease agreement between the Roane County Industrial Development Board and VW Credit Inc., was recorded in the Register of Deeds Office on Feb. 21.
    The agreement, according to the memorandum of lease, is for a 400,000-square-foot parts distribution center on 55 acres of land in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • Venue change sought in Houston lawsuit

    The attorney for Pat Brown has asked Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars to order a change of venue for the upcoming civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.
    Brown’s son Mike was on a ride-along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones when both men died in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.
    Brown is suing the Houstons for $5 million. The case is set for trial April 16 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • Meeting set on director of schools search

    The Roane County Board of Education will hold a community meeting on Thursday at Harriman High School to get public input on its search for a new director of schools.
    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. It is the only community meeting that has been planned in the director’s search. Turnout could dictate whether another one is scheduled. 

  • E-911 visit satisfies official

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    When Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks went before Kingston City Council in January to discuss rate increases in the coming years, some council members looked ready to dial for help themselves.
    So Councilman John Byrkit paid a visit to the 911 Center and took careful stock of the operation, and of Hooks’ plans for its future.

  • College center serves meals, souls

    Depending on the day, a walk in the door at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry building near Roane State Community College can lead one to many things: conversing about God while sitting on the couches in the lobby or eating warm food from local churches.
    “Everyone’s welcome here, and come as you are,” said Amy Weaver, who works with BCM. “You don’t have to be Baptist to come here. Everyone’s welcome to come here, and it’s a great place to come study and hang out.”

  • Rehab grants to help in Harriman

    Some home improvement projects will be getting started this summer thanks to the $250,000 in home grants the city of Harriman got last year.
    Officials with Brown Pearman Russell LLC, the independent agency handling the process, said the city would do as many homes as it could with the funds from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency 2011 home program grant award.

  • THP district led by Oliver Springs woman named top in the state

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott named the agency’s Knoxville District as the 2011 District of the Year at a special awards ceremony in Murfreesboro.

    The district not only includes Roane County, but it is led by an Oliver Springs woman, Capt. Cheryl Sanders. This is the first time a district has been recognized for its overall achievements.