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  • 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.

  • New event center gives community meeting options

    Romantic music filled the air as a couple danced alone in celebration of their wedding anniversary in the Rockwood Event Center.
    It was just one of the many events the Rockwood Event Center has been used for since it opened late last year.
    The location is a new place for special events from birthday celebrations to business meetings.
    The location at 116 W. Rockwood St. has been a hit so far, according to owner Bill Anderson.
    “In December, we had 16 days booked out of the month,” he said.

  • Rising higher — but why?
  • Labyrinth dedicated to City of Kingston
  • ‘Struggling’ student wins spot in nationals

    Roane County High School senior Cynthia Cole, 19, will compete in the National Health Occupational Students of America competition in Anaheim, Calif., in June.
    Cole placed third in the First Responders Rescue Breathing course at the state competition in Nashville Feb. 28-March 2.
    She is the only student from Roane County competing at the national level.
    “It’s a surprise,” Cole said. “I never really thought I would do something like this, but I am, so it’s very exciting.”