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  • Prison time for illegals' driver

    The driver of a passenger van carrying a group of illegal immigrants was given his punishment on Nov. 30 in federal court in Knoxville.

    U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips sentenced Marco Polo Vega Hernandez to 11 months and 15 days in prison.

    Hernandez pled guilty to being in the country illegally and transporting illegal aliens.

    The van Hernandez was driving was stopped on Interstate 40 at the 362 exit on April 7 by the 9th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

  • Flora retiring from HUB

    Thirty-five years is a career goal Chuck Flora has been working toward.

    In July, the general manager of Harriman Utility Board will mark that awaited milestone. And that’s when he plans to retire.

    He recently announced plans — eight months prior to his actual last days —  when he realized his longterm financial planning was right on target.

    “I’ve been planning for this for years,” Flora said.

  • Crafters fired up about fair
  • Harriman Cracker Barrel gets electric vehicle charger

    Harriman’s Cracker Barrel is one of several Tennessee restaurants in the chain that will be installing electric vehicle chargers.
    The company announced the future installation of Blink electric vehicle chargers provided by ECOtality, according to a news release from the company.
    Cracker Barrel became a participant with The EV Project, an initiative to increase the adoption of electric vehicles by creating a solid charging infrastructure across the country.

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  • Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus set to expand

    An ad hoc committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents has recommended that Roane State Community College receive $9 million in matching funding to expand its Oak Ridge campus.
    The project would enable the college to ease overcrowding at the campus and prepare more students for careers in health care.
    The recommendation was to go before the full Board of Regents this week.
    The state offered matching funds of $9 million, the maximum match available to a community college.

  • Houstons jailed again

    Frank V. Williams III is a no-nonsense judge, as brothers Rocky and Leon Houston found out the hard way on Thursday.

    Williams had both jailed for contempt after he ruled they were out of order in his courtroom.

    Rocky was first.

    “Arrest that man and take him to jail,” Williams ordered.

    Leon would suffer the same fate moments later.

    “Sheriff, arrest this man right here for contempt and take him to jail,” Williams said to deputies in the courtroom.

  • Hospital architect chosen

    Covenant Health has selected the architect who will be drawing the plans for a new hospital to replace Roane Medical Center’s current operations in downtown Harriman.

    Jodi Harris of Covenant’s marketing and public relations division said Knoxville-based The Lewis Group was selected to design the complex.

  • Last ash train leaves for Alabama

    The time-critical phase of the ash spill cleanup is over.

    The last train shipment of ash left the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Wednesday evening.

    “It’s very exciting,” said Kathryn Nash, senior manager for operations for the cleanup. “A lot of people have put a lot of work into this, and a lot of hours.”

    Steve McCracken, general manager for the ash spill cleanup, said the last shipment was delayed a day because of rain.

  • Rockwood prepares for Wassomless Christmas

    Rockwood 2000 has added a new event to its holiday extravaganza this weekend.

    On Friday evening, the celebration of the organization’s annual Christmas home tour will kickoff with a Christmas tree lighting at Rockwood’s Homecoming Park at 6:30.

    During the festivities members of the Crossville chapter of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, an integral part of the home tour’s Civil War re-enactments, will present a plaque to the city in memory of Stan and Judy Wassom.