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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Should taxpayers pay for Chuck’s campaign?

    Well, gentle reader, election year 2014 is getting off to a sprightly start, isn’t it?

    As you have no doubt heard, there are going to be at least two heated Republican primaries in the two Congressional races in which Roane County has had direct interest in the recent past, i. e. the Third and the Fourth Congressional districts.

  • TVA says power-usage peak this week may exceed Jan. 7 cold spell

    TVA was once again preparing for colder-than-normal temperatures that will create greater demands on its electric system, the agency announced in a news release this week.

    Consumers should be preparing, too.

    TVA’s power system remains secure and stable at this time, the agency said, and steps are being taken to keep it that way.

  • VEC customers in Roane lose power

    About 4,200 VEC customers, including some in Roane County, lost power early Wednesday morning as another frigid arctic blast hit the region.

    The Ten Mile area of Roane County suffered an outage at about 5:49 a.m. due to overheated equipment. That resulted in the loss of power for about 1,000 customers. Crews repaired the damage and restored power at about 7 a.m.

    The majority of outages are “blink” outages caused when equipment overheats due to the extremely high demand for electricity. This causes a breaker to stop the flow of electricity.

  • Yager bill may net more school funds

    State Sen. Ken Yager is sponsoring a bill in the General Assembly to change the Basic Education Program. That could mean more money for Roane County Schools.

    The state defines the Basic Education Program as the “funding formula through which state education dollars are generated and distributed to Tennessee schools.”

    The Yager bill was filed this week.

    “As introduced, requires the use of the TACIR model as the fiscal capacity index for the BEP,” the brief description of the bill states.

  • County paves way for foster care facility

    Businesses in the Roane County Industrial Park could soon have a new neighbor.

    Earlier this month, the Roane County Commission approved a request by Steve Scarborough to rezone a parcel from heavy industrial to occupational/institutional.

    The property is located in the industrial park at 503 Cardiff Valley Road. According to the resolution, Omni Visions Inc. is planning to locate a foster home there.

  • Downtown demo a possibility

    Three downtown Roane Street buildings, and an Old Roane Street property may soon be no more.

    The city of Harriman is taking bids for the demolition of the old Edwards Shoe Store building, neighboring Looking Good Hair Salon, which burned in a fire, and an apartment building that has been quarantined because of methamphetamine on Roane Street, as well as the home at 338 Old Roane St.

  • Harriman to look at goals for the future

    Harriman officials will be looking to the future this Tuesday.

    The Harriman City Council is scheduled to meet with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, Jan. 28, to discuss the city’s longterm goals for the future.

    Councilman J.D. Sampson has said one of the goals he wants the city to look at is a new community center downtown, not only a way to improve recreation services but to deal with empty downtown properties.

  • Dreaming of a winter wonderland
  • Roane County Schools closed Friday, Jan. 24, due to cold temps

    Roane County Schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 24, due to cold weather.

    “We were afraid we’d have some problems with our buses,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    Single digit temperatures are expected Friday morning.

    “Diesel engines don’t do that well in single digits,” Aytes said.

    Aytes said the welfare of students was also a factor.

  • Official wants prayer at games

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson was disappointed when he didn’t hear a prayer said before recent Harriman Middle School basketball games.

    They also didn’t play the national anthem at the game he attended this month.

    Sampson wants to see what he can do about it.

    “It kind of felt odd and sad that they took that prayer and national anthem out of schools,” Sampson said.

    First, he pondered if the issue of prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance in schools could be put on the ballot this August election.