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  • Harriman steel mill reopening this spring

    ArcelorMittal is reopening its long product finishing facility in Harriman that closed in 2011.
    The world's leading steel company announced its goal to be fully operational by April 2014, hiring 61 employees over the next two years.
    “Working hard to bring them back, we at the Roane Alliance are very happy of Arcelor Mittal’s decision. It took teamwork to make this happen and I want to say thanks to all who were involved,” said Darrell Williams, Roane Alliance Vice President of Business Development.

  • A little ways back...

    J.C. Delk of Harriman found a piece of Roane County News history, thanks to his late half-brother, Sim Wright. Wright was a collector of sorts, Delk said. Wright’s daughter, Paula Gilmoore, kept everything and found an issue of the Roane County News from Oct. 19, 1961. It had a lead headline announcing, “Governor dedicated new bridge today; seven bands in parade,” and an ad for Harriman’s Men Shop adverting men’s suits priced up to $27.50.

    “Something in this made him save it,” Delk said, “I’m just not sure what.”

  • Navigating the year ahead

    Editor’s note: Several years ago, the Roane County News decided to abandon the annual practice of looking back on the top stories of the past year in favor of predicting the top stories of the coming year. We continue that tradition here.

    ROANE ALLIANCE LEADERSHIP

    Late last year, after a decade at the helm of The Roane Alliance, Leslie Henderson announced that she will retire this March as president and CEO.

    The position is critical to the three-prong agency, which includes the tourism bureau, the industrial board and the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Sanders’ gun pawn trial delayed

    The government claims to have video footage of Timothy Wayne Sanders pawning guns at a pawn shop.

    A convicted felon, Sanders is not allowed to possess firearms.

    The Rockwood man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2013, on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

    His trial was scheduled to start next week at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, but the judge overseeing the case granted his attorney’s request for a continuance.

    The new trial date is set for April 15.

  • Jail time gets more educational

    Officials with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office have clamped down on what inmates can watch on TV at the county jail.

    “It’s limited to the channels that we’re letting them watch,” Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Instead of the inmates having carte blanche access to all available offerings, Phillips said they have been limited to educational channels.

    “It is jail, and we at least want them to try to learn something,” he said. “I think the Discovery and History channels can help that process.”

  • Growing up radioactive in Oak Ridge

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s Jan. 9 meeting will feature former Tennessee state archaeologist Nick Fielder.

    Fielder will present the slide-illustrated lecture “Growing Up Radioactive in Oak Ridge: My Adventures from 1951 to 1976.”

    The lecture will be at the American Museum of Science and Energy at 7 p.m.

  • Connecting home and school through math
  • New year, old budget process

    Next year’s county budget process could look like a repeat of the one that took place this past spring and summer.

    “We’re still in the same budget situation,” business manager Eric Harbin told the school board earlier this month. “It’s either additional revenue or have to cut programs, which are people, or look at facilities.”

  • Meth lab numbers up for 2nd year

    This has been a busy year for Roane County as far as meth lab seizures go.

    According to the statistics provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there have been 37 seizures through November.

    The county had 36 for all of 2011 and 2012.

    “That is why I have been behind the push to make pseudoephedrine a prescription requirement, to reduce meth labs,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Stockton once demoted sheriff’s hopeful

    Jared Hall left the Roane County Sheriff’s Office two months after he was demoted from sergeant to deputy.

    Hall, who now works for the Rockwood Police Department, has said he plans to run for sheriff in 2014.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton explained the reasons for the demotion in a letter to Hall dated Nov. 21, 2011.

    “In the past couple of years there have been several occasions where you have failed to be efficient as a supervisor,” the letter said.