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  • Mike Farmer heading up program at RSCC

    A new program at Roane State Community College aims not only to train employees but also to encourage the growth of industries they can work in.
    Combining the effort of job creation and job training is an important aspect of the ACE program, or the Advanced Composite Employment Accelerator, which is now headed up by former county executive Mike Farmer.
    “It is a wonderful program. They got it about right,” Farmer said. “So many times, we focus on one or the other.”

  • Man charged with sexual exploitation

    STAFF REPORTS
    A Harriman investigator has played a major role in the arrest of a Lenoir City man on charges of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor last week.
    Harriman Detective Dan Schneider, who also is on the Internet Crimes Against Children division of the Harriman Police Department, was involved in a six-month investigation that led to the Dec. 28 arrest of 29-year-old Mark Klotz.
    Klotz was booked into the Loudon County Detention Center and was released on a $10,000 bond.

  • ANOTHER VIEW BY TRE HARGETT: New law in effect requiring voter picture ID

    As a new law that will require Tennesseans to show photo identification when they vote goes into effect this month, Division of Elections officials are continuing their voter outreach efforts.
    Our focus, up to this year’s elections and beyond, is educating voters about what this law will mean to them. Our voter outreach efforts so far have been unprecedented. I commend Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins, his staff, county election officials and all the other individuals and groups across the state who have worked so hard to get the message out.

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  • Effort to oust Rockwood officials fails

    The recall effort of Rockwood Mayor James Watts and City Councilwoman Jane Long had a fair share of advocates — but not enough signatures to move forward.

    Stephen Rose, who started the recall petition with the help of John Evans, son of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and a businessman in the community, said lots of people told him they supported the effort but didn’t want to put their name on the line.

    “People just didn’t want to participate,” he said. “I think apathy; people don’t want to get involved.”

  • Youthful new use slated for old Roane jail

    The county plans to use the old jail adjacent to the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston to store records and house the Juvenile Probation Department.

    The Roane County Commission approved the plan last month for the building, which was vacated for its original use in September 2009 with the opening of the new jail on Third Street.

    Space in the old jail was also allocated for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Building and Grounds Department and Office of Emergency Services.  

  • Designing Women

    Rockwood’s Shirley Freeman has brought her folk art dolls to life with stories of their own.

    Freeman, who has made dolls all her life, picked the creative habit back up in August when her granddaughter refueled her inspiration, and she has put their personalities to paper.

  • East Tenn. coach gets care charge for area schools

    With a mission that includes focusing on getting others to care for each other, the organization Care 365 wants to spread a simple act of kindness, charging dead batteries, across the state and beyond.

    It’s why its founder, retired Lenoir City Coach Dave Moore, has been working to get battery packs into the schools to allow staff, students and families to have access if they have a dead car battery, or with the air compressor fix a flattened tire.

  • Image-conscious agency touts cleanup work since disaster

    TVA is conscious about its public image. When 60 Minutes ran a story about the ash spill, the agency put out a statement criticizing the news agency.

    When the civil trial over the disaster started in September, TVA issued a statement touting the work it had done to restore the area around the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    So it came as no surprise that TVA officials were willing to discuss the ongoing cleanup a few days before the three-year anniversary of the disaster.

  • Sustainable Roane: Energy, recycling initiatives abound

    First it was just an idea: Let’s make Roane County a sustainable community.
    After nearly a half a million dollars in grants and a rapidly spreading grassroots movement, Roane County is starting the year 2012  greener than ever before.
    It took the TVA ash spill, an environmental disaster of national proportions, to spark the movement.