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  • Ambulance director loses job

    Gloria Wright is no longer director of the Roane County ambulance department. She was informed about the county's desire to go in another direction on Monday.

    "We asked Gloria to basically take a position lower than what she's at now," Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose and consultant Jack Jinks will manage the ambulance department on an interim basis.

    "Until we do a search or determine exactly what we need to do," he said.

  • Making a run for the prize egg
  • Harriman wanting Midtown properties

    Harriman officials hope to incorporate several properties on both sides of Hwy. 70 with a referendum in June.

    A resolution to annex the Midtown area properties was approved by Harriman City Council during a special-called meeting April 22.

    “A lot of the properties are already under contract with the city, except four of them,” said Harriman building inspector Maria Nelson during discussion of the resolution at a workshop last week.

  • Japan disaster affecting future Watts Bar drills

    Disaster drills at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in nearby Rhea County could be more challenging in the future because of the disaster that occurred in Japan.  

    “Used to, we might have an event that was an earthquake at one unit that would result in damage to the plant and possible releases of radiation,” said Ray Golden, TVA senior manager of nuclear communications.

  • Board returns Bruner's rights to practice law

    Harriman attorney Spence Bruner should soon see his rights to practice law restored.

    He recently attended an appeal in front of a panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, who recommended Bruner be allowed to return to practice without restrictions on April 20.

    The panel recessed five minutes before returning and recommending Bruner return to full practice, said a release from Bruner’s attorney, Chris Cawood.

    The Supreme Court must sign an order to reinstate Bruner.

  • Woody wants workers to get raises, but 'I'm not making any promises'

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen isn’t the only elected official who would like to see raises for employees included in the next budget.

    “I would love to see them get a raise,” Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said. “With the economy, everything is going up and everybody is having a hard time.”

    Officials are still in the early stages of putting together a budget for the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1.

  • Longtime News employee Frederick calling it a career

     

  • Tennis, anyone?
  • Fly fishing is officially off the bucket list
  • Papermill cleanup on hold for now

    Waiting is still the safest option when it comes to the future of the former Harriman Papermill site.

    “My recommendation for the city at this time is to stay away from the site,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency retiree Andy Avel.

    Avel has been working with Harriman officials on possible cleanup of the property, which has been owned by several different companies over the years.

    The site along the Emory River is under EPA consideration for possible cleanup designations.