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  • Scam artists claim to be utility workers

    If someone approaches your home proposing to do in-home energy evaluations for a price don’t necessarily believe it’s a good deal.

    Officials from Volunteer Energy Cooperative recently received information from a
    neighboring utility that its customers had been visited by scam artists claiming to be evaluators.

    “The victims have reported that two men have been going door-to-door asking to conduct energy audits and promising to save the residents money on their utility bills. Victims report the scammers are very per-

  • Yager opposed to changes in Sunshine Law

    The move to weaken the state’s open meetings law does not have the backing of state Sen. Ken Yager. The Harriman Republican announced his opposition to the movement on Thursday.

    “Citizens need to understand how government decisions are made,” Yager said in a news release. “Lack of transparency prevents the public from actively participating in government and from raising questions or expressing their opinions.”

  • May all your Christmases be bright
  • Secret Santa pays off layaways

    Several people who were unable to pay their layways on time at Walmart in Rockwood didn’t see their Christmas festivities dampened.
    An anonymous person came in and paid off several layways  — to the tune of about $700 — on Saturday.
    That was the day store associates were contacting customers to make arrangements or return the layaway items to the sales floor.
    Walmart manager Ken Miget did not meet the Secret Santa who helped some of his customers, but he did witness the reaction of one man whose order was paid off.

  • Swan Pond sports fields years off

    TVA often refers to the $43 million it made available for different community projects as an example of the agency’s commitment to helping the area recover from the ash spill. 
    However, a member of TVA’s Valley Relations staff said it was only a coincidence that the foundation responsible for doling out the money met on Wednesday, a day before the three-year anniversary of the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster.

  • HPD to hold online auction

    Harriman Police Department will be having an online auction of surplus items Jan. 14-30.
    Assistant Chief Kenny Humphrey shared the public auction details for GovDeals.com.
    Fourteen vehicles, nine of which were seized, will be sold.
    Humphrey said bidders will need to preregister at the site.
    He has made arrangements for anyone without Internet access to be able to use the Harriman Public Library for the bidding.
    In addition to the auction, Humphrey also got permission to get new software for three laptops at $6,146.

  • Sending gifts and cards near and far
  • Santa visits Roane

    Santa’s elf, who sometimes answers to Missy Layne, uses a fan to cool the jolly old man himself at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston last week. Santa dropped in at the courthouse to visit with some of the county’s children.

  • TVA touts changes to ash cleanup site

    TVA officials said three people showed up for a public meeting about the ash spill recovery earlier this month. The low turnout wasn’t a disappointment, officials said, when compared to the droves who would show up to meetings that were held the first few months after the disaster. 
    “I think that’s a good signal to us,” TVA executive Bob Deacy said. “We didn’t have any questions or concerns raised at that meeting.”

  • UPDATED: Kingston developer sues TVA

    Despite TVA’s multi-million-dollar attempts to make the community whole, plenty of people claim they are still hurting because of the 2008 fly ash spill at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
    One of them is Ladd Landing developer Matt Caldwell of Kingston. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Caldwell alleges his high-end development has been significantly diminished because of the disaster.