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  • School budget work off to gloomy start

    Roane County Board of Education’s January budget work session didn’t include positive news about the school system’s financial crisis.

    “It’s not getting any better,” business manager Eric Harbin said.

    What happens with the 2014-15 budget will be critical for the system’s future, according to Harbin.

  • Getting robot ready

    The Roane County High School robotics team is gearing up for its second season of robotics competition.

    It starts with the FIRST robotics Smoky Mountains regional competition. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The event is open to the public.

    “It is March 27 through 29 in Knoxville,” said advisor Cindy Holmes.

    The first day involves inspections and tweaking. The next day involves a round robin of competition.

  • Roane Health Dept.offers free flu shots

    Flu season is here, with seasonal influenza cases now reported across Tennessee.

    The Roane County Health Department is working to protect the community by providing free flu vaccinations to area residents until vaccine supplies are depleted.

    Patients may walk in to request a flu vaccine any time during regular clinic hours. The department is requesting people arrive no later than 3:30 p.m.

  • Successful songwriter has local connection

    Faith McCullah is one proud sister.

    The owner of Harriman’s Cochran Bookkeeping is sister of Dean Dillon, a successful songwriter of hit country music songs for artists like George Jones, George Strait and Kenny Chesney.

    “I’m really proud. He’s just like any brother — he’d do anything in the world for me as I would for him,” McCullah said.

    He was recently honored by performance right’s organization Broadcast Music Inc. as a BMI icon at the 2013 BMI Country Awards.

  • Homeless count starts, warming station opens

    The Upper Cumberland Continuum of Care will be participating in a Homeless Point-in-time Count from sunset Tuesday, Jan. 28, through sunrise Wednesday, Jan. 29.

    Pathways Housing Services, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, volunteered to be responsible for gathering and reporting Roane County’s homeless numbers for this time frame and needs the public’s help.

    Pathways will be sending out forms to those organizations who have worked with them in the past by email to get a sheltered count of homeless during this time frame.

  • A call to war at Kingston Library
  • TVA sets record demand last week

    The Tennessee Valley Authority met a record-breaking winter demand for electricity Friday morning with an estimated 33,345 megawatts when the average temperature across the region hovered at 7 degrees.

    This would be TVA’s highest demand for electricity since the summer of 2007 and third-highest in TVA history. The previous winter record was 32,572 megawatts set on Jan. 16, 2009.

  • Harriman Happenings, Jan. 27

    The Roane County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had their annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Jamieson Development Center.

    More than 100 people attended the banquet. The theme was “Impacting the Lives of All People.” We shall not be moved. The Rev. Willie Gallaher did a wonderful job as master of ceremonies. The Negro Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was sung by all. Ms. Mary Hickey was pianist.

  • Forty years at today’s country store

    Lou Dunn felt right at home when she came to Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store.

    Dunn, who is celebrating 40 years with the company, got her start at the original Harriman location on Roane Street, where Ruby Tuesdays sits today.

    “I just loved it,” said Dunn, who has owned her own antique business in Knoxville and has worked in guest relations and customer service prior to becoming retail manager at the country store.

  • Volunteer Electric gives Midway PTO $2,500 donation

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Midway High School’s PTO.

    The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.7 million to various community-service organizations.