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  • Hospital inching closer to breaking ground at Midtown

    Covenant Health and Roane Medical Center appear to be mere weeks away from breaking ground on a much-anticipated new facility in Midtown.

    First, however, hospital officials are preparing for an April 27 hearing before the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to seek approval on the construction of the building which will replace the hospital in downtown Harriman.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he plans to attend the hearing to voice his support of Covenant Health relocating the hospital’s operations.

  • Man arrested for DUI after crashing his truck

    An Oliver Springs man was arrested last week after running his truck off the road near Harriman.

    Emergency crews were dispatched to Harriman Hwy. on March 30 on a report of a rollover accident.

    The driver, Charles Roberts of 410 E. Spring St., Oliver Springs, ended up being arrested.

    He was taken to the Roane County Jail on charges of driving under the influence and violation of implied consent law.

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    A 30-year-old Harriman man was sentenced to three years in prison for  robbery.

  • Waiting in the wings

    Rockwood High School students Taylor Mioduski, left, and Amber Monroe applaud a dance team while waiting to take their turn in the spotlight Thursday during the Academic Festival at Roane State Community College.

    More than 2,000 East Tennessee students participated in the festival, which included events such as art, dancing, singing, speaking, writing and mathematics.

  • Neither snow nor rain ...

    The U.S. Postal Service’s creed may not be that oft-recited refrain, but Rockwood postal worker Carey Spencer proved it somewhat suitable last week as he delivers mail in the rain to downtown businesses.

  • Film-production class kicks off Tuesday at Channel 15 studio

    Award-winning Roane County filmmaker Brooks Benjamin wants to share his enthusiasm for media production.

    He’s teaching a free class, Introduction to Film and Television Production, for interested high schoolage students at the Channel 15 studio in Harriman.

    The classes start Tuesday, April 5. There are openings for 12 students.

    “The channel 15 studio is amazing,” Benjamin marveled. “Their computers are better than mine, what I edit on.”

  • Harriman Police Department knows how to treat a vet

    Harriman Police Department was honored for its patriotism and the support it gave one of its former employees who left for National Guard service.

    Former Harriman K-9 handler Guy McGill nominated the department for the Patriotic Employer Award through the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve, an agency part of the Department of Defense.

    McGill was present when Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Mungenast presented the award to Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle on Monday.

  • Rockwood to make offer for utility chief

    A Morristown man may be a bargain for Rockwood if he accepts the city’s offer to become th new water, sewer and gas manager.

    It was close, but of the final three candidates interviewed for the Rockwood, Water, Sewer and Gas Utility manager position, Brian Fowler, a civil engineer and former wastewater operations manager and city engineer in Morristown, will be approached with a job offer.

  • HUB utility director search may be complete by June

    A new manager to the Harriman Utility Board may be named by June 5.

    That is the hope of HUB board members, who received 19 applications at the regular board meeting this week.

    “There is a lot of work here, a lot of workshops,” said board member Buddy Bowers.

    Applications were given out to most of the advisory committee members  who were present at the meeting.

    A handful of HUB employees and two community members will have input, although no vote, in the hiring.

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  • College board drops grad fees at Roane State

    Roane State Community College graduates will get a gift this year.
    The Tennessee Board of Regents voted to eliminate their graduation fees for the state’s community colleges, said a news release from the board of regents.
    The graduation fee is $25.
    The move will encourage more students to cap their community college experience with an associate’s degree before transferring to a four-year university, adds the release.
    Roane State President Gary Goff said it will be a great benefit to the students at Roane State.