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  • HUB utility director search may be complete by June

    A new manager to the Harriman Utility Board may be named by June 5.

    That is the hope of HUB board members, who received 19 applications at the regular board meeting this week.

    “There is a lot of work here, a lot of workshops,” said board member Buddy Bowers.

    Applications were given out to most of the advisory committee members  who were present at the meeting.

    A handful of HUB employees and two community members will have input, although no vote, in the hiring.

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  • College board drops grad fees at Roane State

    Roane State Community College graduates will get a gift this year.
    The Tennessee Board of Regents voted to eliminate their graduation fees for the state’s community colleges, said a news release from the board of regents.
    The graduation fee is $25.
    The move will encourage more students to cap their community college experience with an associate’s degree before transferring to a four-year university, adds the release.
    Roane State President Gary Goff said it will be a great benefit to the students at Roane State.

  • New event center gives community meeting options

    Romantic music filled the air as a couple danced alone in celebration of their wedding anniversary in the Rockwood Event Center.
    It was just one of the many events the Rockwood Event Center has been used for since it opened late last year.
    The location is a new place for special events from birthday celebrations to business meetings.
    The location at 116 W. Rockwood St. has been a hit so far, according to owner Bill Anderson.
    “In December, we had 16 days booked out of the month,” he said.

  • Rising higher — but why?
  • Labyrinth dedicated to City of Kingston
  • ‘Struggling’ student wins spot in nationals

    Roane County High School senior Cynthia Cole, 19, will compete in the National Health Occupational Students of America competition in Anaheim, Calif., in June.
    Cole placed third in the First Responders Rescue Breathing course at the state competition in Nashville Feb. 28-March 2.
    She is the only student from Roane County competing at the national level.
    “It’s a surprise,” Cole said. “I never really thought I would do something like this, but I am, so it’s very exciting.”

  • Lack of growth not all bad news

    Roane County’s 4.4-percent growth in population over the last decade didn’t disappoint Sequoyah Shores resident Tony Scruggs.  

    “That’s a good thing,” he said. “We don’t need no more people here.”

    Scruggs may not be alone in his opinions.  

  • Temperance Town may relax restrictions on beer sales

    The Town that Temperance Built hasn’t been “dry” for more than a decade, and Harriman officials may be on a path toward loosening beer restrictions even further.

    The relaxed restrictions to go before Harriman City Council propose allowing for beer sales during special events for occasions such as festivals and weddings.

    “I wouldn’t have a problem at the Labor Day festival if you had a place fenced off,” said Allen Williams, chairman of the Harriman Beer Board.

  • Cleanup commences on dump site near Harriman

    What some has termed the worst dump in Roane County is getting a cleanup.

    “People have been dumping here for years and years,” said Tony Brown about the site on Ben Henry Road near Harriman. “I bet you there is over 1,000 tires on this site.”

    Brown oversees Keep Roane Beautiful as part of his job as Roane County parks director.