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  • Protomet awarded training grant

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have awarded $24,450 in Incumbent Worker Training Grants to Oak Ridge’s Protomet Corporation.

    Incumbent Worker Training grants assist employers with upgrading skills to avoid layoffs.

    “We have to make sure that we have the trained workforce to fill the jobs companies want to create in Tennessee, and these grants are a part of the effort to meet the demands of a very competitive marketplace,” Haslam said.

  • Small business seminars set

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College, in partnership with General Services Administration and the Small Busines Administration, will offer a free workshop related to doing business with the U.S. General Services Administration.

    The workshop will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 22, at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The topic will be government contracting.

  • Hall named manager at DOE in Oak Ridge

    The U.S. Department of Energy named Kevin Hall the manager of its Oak Ridge Office. He has served as deputy manager since April 2013.

    Hall will now oversee the Oak Ridge Integrated Support Center, which provides critical mission support services in the personnel, finance, budget, procurement, legal, security and emergency management, and employee health and safety on a local and national level.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Happy birthday to my friend Lucille Moore. She celebrated 88 years of life on April 3.

    I hope you will have many more birthdays.

    Barbara Griffin was recently discharged from Oak Ridge’s Methodist Medical Center and is now at home.

    She still needs our prayers for a full recovery.

    Family and Community Education Club’s recognition day was held at the Kingston Community Center on Wednesday, April 15. Eighteen members were present.

  • Blood drives coming to RSCC campuses

    The Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus will host a blood drive on Monday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Medic Regional Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be located beside the gym.

    A blood drive will be held at Oak Ridge campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

    Medic Regional Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be located in the “A” parking lot by the Oak Ridge campus flagpole entrance.

    All blood types are needed.

  • Obed walks get up close to nature

    Officials with Obed Wild and Scenic River are planning a couple of walks that will allow the public to get close-up views of the park’s flora and fauna.

    In celebration of the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, a wildflower walk on the Nemo to Wartburg section of the Cumberland Trail will take place on April 18.

    Participants will meet at the Nemo parking area at 10 a.m.

    The two-mile walk will highlight some of the local wildflowers and beautiful views of the Obed and Emory rivers.

  • Obed holds book signing, reception

    In celebration of National Park Week and the upcoming National Park Service Centennial in 2016, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting a reception and gala book signing event on Friday, April 24.

    The event will start at 5 p.m. (EDT) at the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.

    The authors will be on hand to autograph two unique books which feature the Obed Wild and Scenic River and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

  • Lawsuit moves forward in medic case

    Roane County medics administered a paralytic drug to a man who was involved in a tussle with police, according to a court order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    The case involves Dustin Barnwell, who died on Nov. 11, 2011 after the encounter with sheriff’s deputies and medics at his home on Roane Manor Drive in Kingston.

    Barnwell’s family later filed a lawsuit against Roane County, the deputies and medics, contending his death was a result of their misconduct.

  • Two hurt when fire truck rolls

    Two Midtown Volunteer Department firefighters were injured when the truck they were in left the road and turned over on Hwy. 70 around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    Driver Travis May, 19, and passenger Ty Puckett, 21, were injured and taken by ambulance to Roane Medical Center.

    “One of them (Travis) has four broken ribs and a partially deflated lung,” said Midtown Fire Chief Randy Scarborough.

    Scarborough said May was still in the hospital on Wednesday.

  • Will schools tax hike pass this round?

    For the third straight year, the Roane County Board of Education is asking for a property tax rate increase to fund the school system’s budget.

    “It allows us to protect all of our programs and all of our instructional staff,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said about the budget board members approved during a special-called meeting on Tuesday.