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  • Lawyer: Friend wasn’t speeding in fatal crash

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter said his client wasn’t speeding as he traveled down Hwy. 61 in Roane County on Feb. 6.

    Knoxville attorney David C. Hollow made the allegation against Merley Tilson in an answer to a lawsuit.

    “Quite frankly, I’m upset about the allegation,” Ritter said.

    Hollow represents ex-state trooper Samuel Dean Norman, who is being sued in Roane County Circuit by Sandra J. Solomon.

    She claims Norman caused the Feb. 6 crash that killed her husband, Elmer Solomon.

  • Tennessee not part of 1st Blue Bell roll out

    Phase 1 of Blue Bell Creameries planned roll out won’t include Tennessee, so local freezer aisles could continue to remain devoid of the company’s ice cream products.

    “We have limited distribution right now as we only have one facility that is producing ice cream,” company spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said.

    “Because of that, we’re going to re-enter parts of 15 states in five phases.”

  • Sequoyah worker accuses TVA of age discrimination

    A woman is accusing TVA of age discrimination in a federal lawsuit.

    Deborah S. Payne said she was a radiation protection technician at the agency’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy in November 2012 when a job opening for a site/field performance analyst was posted.

  • State seeking to help area’s Civil War sites

    The Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission are requesting applications for projects to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee.

    The grants are funded through the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Act, established in 2013.

    “This is a valuable source of funding to help conserve time-honored battlefield properties,” Tennessee Historical Commission Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre said.

  • New ‘invisible utility’ serves wastewater customers

    Last year Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas completed the oxidation ditch that was an integral part of meeting a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.

    A year later, other important aspects of the project are now complete.

    “We have a new lab,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The facility opened up last winter, and it’s made for the long haul.

    “This lab will last for the longterm,” Ramsey said. “We feel good about that.”

  • Commissioner’s DUI dismissed

    Not necessarily everyone who drinks and drives is committing a crime.

    “We can’t prosecute a case where someone is not under the influence,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Under Tennessee law, .08 is the “presumptive level of intoxication” for alcohol.

    Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was below that number when he was arrested for DUI on March 2.

  • Mayors tout unity at conference

    More help could be on the way for rural communities like Roane County when it comes to economic development.

    During an economic development conference at Roane State Community College last week, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the creation of a rural development task force.

    “We can’t do this alone,” Boyd said. “Rural development isn’t an ECD issue. It’s multi-task, it’s holistic, it takes the entire community and the entire state to come together.”

  • Harriman seeing results of work on student improvement

    Harriman High School faculty have worked hard to see their students at all skill levels get ahead.

    They’ve shown how hard they’ve worked on progress by getting a Level 5 on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System.

    The system measures the impact schools and teachers have on student growth, not proficiency on assessments.

    “Our kids have really worked hard and are going to continue to do so,” said Principal Scott Calahan.

    He said teachers are working hard to help pull students along.

  • No applications for Eblen judge’s seat

    Applications apparently aren’t pouring in for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge seat.

    “I am told the Council has not received any applications yet,” Michele Wojciechowski, director of communications for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, said last week.

    The criminal court judge seat has been held by E. Eugene Eblen since 1978. He is retiring at the end of the year.

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments began accepting applications for the seat on July 28.

  • STEM program at Harriman

    Harriman High School now is offering more science-related courses this school year.

    “We have a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program started this year. We are trying to follow Kingston high schools and build out program. Our ultimate goal is to either have our kids ready for college or ready for the job market,” said Principal Scott Calahan.

    Harriman’s STEM program is just one of the ways Roane County Schools is gradually expanding course offerings in the county.