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  • 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.

  • Ex-Rhea officer arrested in Roane

    A Rockwood woman has been charged with six counts of TennCare fraud in Rhea County.

    According to the Tennessee Office of the Inspector General, Amanda C. Roberts was filling prescriptions and using her son’s TennCare benefits to pay for it.

    Roberts is accused of obtaining the drug Adderall, which is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

  • More work at Harriman library

    Harriman Public Library is moving forward with more renovations.

    Projects include reconstruction of the front steps for safety and code compliance, restoration of front entrance doors and replacing lighting on the first floor and in the basement children’s area.

    “The lowest bid coming in under the bid guidelines was Buckhead Construction Co,” said Treasurer Charles Kerley.

    The bid came in at $160,000.

  • Guns among Pierce buys

    A number of firearms were among the items Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce purchased with a city credit card, the mayor confirmed late last week.

  • Second lady Biden, U.S. labor secretary applaud RSCC during Harriman stop

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a longtime community college instructor, knows first hand how important community college’s are in educating the country’s workforce.

    She and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis shared their appreciation of the work that Roane State Community College does during a stop at the Tennessee Technology Center in Harriman on Thursday as part of their Community College to Career bus tour.

  • Roane veterans need more than health care

    Securing a VA clinic for the area was something Ken Yager worked on during his time as Roane County executive.

    He’s since moved on to the state Senate, but he still considers the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood his baby.

    He invited Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder to tour the facility on Friday.

  • No problems with photo IDs during early voting

    Tennessee’s new voter ID law hasn’t caused any problems during early voting in Roane County, according to Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “Nobody’s questioned it all,” he said. “That’s really what I expected.”

    The law, which was passed last year, requires people to show a photo ID to vote.

    “We haven’t had a person show up yet that didn’t have an ID,” Holiway said.

  • Margrave bridge going to cost Harriman

    Whether Margrave Street bridge is rebuilt or forgotten, it looks like it’s going to cost Harriman some money.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason recently gave an update on the wooden structure, which was closed and was later removed by Norfolk Southern. Officials have said the railroad wanted a higher bridge in order to traverse stacked cars on those tracks.