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  • Kingdom Heirs sing for fire dept. benefit
  • School board mulls longer breaks for fall, spring

    The Roane County Board of Education wants more time before voting on the 2015-16 school calender.

    Two options are under consideration. The one that’s referred to as a balanced calendar includes a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    Two-week fall and spring breaks haven’t been included in past calendars, but school officials said a survey showed that a majority of employees are in favor of the balanced calendar.

  • FIRE REIGNITES CLEANUP BATTLE

    It appears the lanes of traffic closest to Harriman’s former Miller & Brewer department store and adjacent buildings will remain closed for quite a bit longer.

    Cleanup is still underway at the site, and adjoining structures have been deemed unsafe, according a structural engineering report city officials received late Thursday.

    “Basically, he makes two points to me summarizing up everything,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • County says no to East Roane Dollar General

    Last week, commissioners heard what a proposed East Roane County Dollar General Store might generate for the county in tax revenue.

    “Between $60,000 to $80,000 a year,” Dollar General representative Melissa Ballard said at the Jan. 12 meeting.

    That wasn’t enough to convince a majority of commissioners to rezone a 3-acre piece of property for the project.

    Opponents applauded when the request failed 9 to 6.

    “I ain’t selling out that community for five jobs,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

  • Little strip, big headache for Harriman

    Harriman officials are looking for legal help to deal with a new lawsuit dealing with annexation proceedings from more than a half century ago.

    Retired attorney Gerald Largen rattled the city’s cages when he filed litigation last month to declare 1950s annexations as null and void.

    “We do need legal representation on this,” confirmed Mayor Chris Mason last week.

    “I initially contacted Sandy McPherson on this because he does know municipal law,” the mayor said of the longtime Kingston city attorney.

  • BIG GIFT FOR KINGSTON FOSSIL PLANT

    The holiday tradition of gift giving came a bit early this year for TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant due to the generosity of a sister plant in Shawnee, Ky.

    And, though it wasn’t Santa performing the delivery, the 200-ton generator stator made a significant journey involving the hard work of many.

    During a maintenance outage at Kingston Unit 1, the existing stator — the stationary component of an electric generator — was determined to be beyond repair.

  • Neckowicz heading up InVizion

    Professional Project Services Inc., known as Pro2Serve, recently appointed Kristy Tan Neckowicz as president of its software subsidiary, InVizion LLC.

    Neckowicz served as senior vice president of InVizion since March 2014.

    InVizion develops and markets project portfolio management applications that allow executives and managers to rapidly address the impact of changing resource constraints, objectively develop and optimize revised execution strategies, and clearly communicate resulting critical decisions to stakeholders.

  • Workshop to help with starting up new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Registation is required to attend the workshop.

    For details or to register, visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

  • Tensions rise at assessor’s

    Charles Laxton doesn’t care for how property assessor David Morgan is doing his job.

    Laxton let him know it on Wednesday.

    Laxton could be heard slamming the door and giving Morgan a piece of his mind throughout the courthouse.

    As a result, he was escorted out by the sheriff’s office.

    Here’s how Morgan described the incident:

  • LET ’EM ROLL

    The need for cooperation between fire departments was made clear recently by two major Harriman fires — one massive, the other fatal.

    Many area fire departments rolled out to help with the Jan. 8 inferno that razed the downtown Miller & Brewer building, and then again at Monday’s Margrave Street fire that killed a 65-year-old woman.

    That kind of mutual aid between departments is common at larger, more complicated fires.

    A closer working relationship may soon emerge between Kingston and Harriman fire departments, however.