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  • Vandy offers hope against bird flu virus

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers are reporting in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that they were able to kill the deadly laboratory-created H5N1 avian influenza virus with human antibodies to the natural strain of H5N1.
     H5N1 avian influenza virus hasn’t transmitted from person to person in nature, only directly from birds to people. 

  • Former TVA official pleads guilty

    From STAFF REPORTS
    A former TVA vice president who made illegal investments in Iran pleaded guilty last week.
    Masoud Bajestani, 58, was charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy, violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions Regulations, making a false statement to a federal agency, international money laundering and filing false income tax returns.

  • HUB work may delay traffic

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Water and gas lines being moved and renovated on Pansy Hill may soon result in some traffic issues.
    Drivers may want to stick to Roane Street instead of taking the popular shortcut into the old part of town.
    Harriman Utility Board manager Bill Young said the utility recently had its pre-construction meeting.
    At times, he said, “we are going to have to shut down at least one lane on the bridge.”

  • County employee bonuses approved

    Elected officials will be allowed to grant employee bonuses.
    The Roane County Commission passed the resolution allowing them to do so on Monday.
    The vote was 15-0, but the resolution did spark some discussion.
    The County Executive’s Office calculated $375 for each permanent part-time worker – someone who works a minimum of 1,000 hours a year – and $750 for each full-time employee.
    However, the bonuses are discretionary, meaning an elected official can choose to give some employees more and others less.

  • Expert to speak at joint meeting

    A consultant is expected to speak during a Roane County Commission/Board of Education public workshop on Thursday.
    Wesley Robertson is with the County Technical Assistance Service and was the executive director of local finance for the Tennessee Department of Education.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody called Robertson an expert on the Basic Education Program.
    “He was the one that was running the BEP formula,” Woody said.

  • Judge: Leon playing delay game

    Leon Houston’s latest effort to get rid of an attorney failed last week.
    “The court is beginning to discern a pattern of the defendant seeking to delay his trial once it draws near,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said in an order filed Sept. 6.
    Two previous trial dates in Houston’s case have been postponed. For the moment, the Sept. 24 trial date is still set.

  • Osprey gets second chance

    The waters that are the lifeblood for Watts Bar Lake’s many ospreys almost took the life of one of the birds last month.
    It took a cooperative effort to save the youngster.
    Larry Steidle of Blue Springs Marina was working when he happened to see an exhausted young fledgling poke its head from the water.

  • Kingston ready to flip solar switch

    The city of Kingston draws ever closer to cutting a ribbon on the long-awaited Ladd Landing Greenway project, and flipping a switch on the first of two planned solar farms off James Ferry Road.

    According to recent updates at the Sept. 3 Kingston City Council work session, both projects will be scheduled for ceremonial grand openings as soon as all relevant state and local officials can coordinate their schedules.

    For the greenway, that could mean anytime in the next several weeks.

  • Monetary, school supplies donations lagging for Teachers Supply Closet

    With less than a month until the Roane Chamber’s annual Teachers Supply Closet, school supplies and monetary donations are lagging from previous years.
    The Chamber’s 2013 Teachers Supply Closet will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on the main campus of Roane State Community College.
    “We still have time to make this year’s Supply Closet successful,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance. “The supplies and donations really do make a difference for the teachers and students.”

  • Harriman hydrant testing now underway

    Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Utility Board is presently flow testing fire hydrant within the city limits.
    This process could cause water to become muddy or cloudy.
    Water customers are advised  to let water run for a short period until it clears if these conditions occur.
    The testing is vital to make sure that Harriman has an operating water source when an emer-
    gency incident occurs
    and is an annual requirement for insurance ratings.