Local News

  • Harriman city attorney resigning

    Longtime Harriman city attorney Harold Balcom has only a short time left in that job.

    He announced his resignation at Tuesday’s council meeting. He will work through August.

    “Harold has been an asset for the city. He’s helped with some things that wouldn’t have been done if he’d not been there to do it,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt. “He knows his government law, and he’s a real asset in that area.”

    Mynatt said Balcom often worked outside the limelight.

  • Healthier Tennessee initiative, UT Extension partner to expand plan

    The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, through its Healthier Tennessee initiative, has created a partnership with University of Tennessee Extension to promote Healthier Tennessee in all of the state’s 95 counties.

    “We have said from the beginning this effort must be locally owned and implemented in or-

    der to be successful,” said Rick Johnson, CEO of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

  • Big weekend for Harriman class of 1959
  • Trio of blood drives set in Roane

    Medic Regional Blood Center has three blood drives planned in upcoming days in Roane County.

    A Medic mobile unit will be at Harriman Kroger at 1820 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

    In Kingston, donors can give blood from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in the banquet room of Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    A Medic mobile unit will be in Rockwood the following day, Aug. 13, for a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter.

    Donors are also welcome to give blood at Medic donor centers.

  • Janelle Arthur to perform for first Carmichael School banquet Aug. 16

    The Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will host its inaugural banquet on Aug. 16 in the New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur, a top 5 finalist in the 2013 season of FOX-TV’s “American Idol,” will give a musical performance for the event that benefits the organization in her hometown.

    The doors open at 5 p.m., and nearly 400 guests are expected to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live auction, dinner and entertainment.

  • It’s a good time to stock up Teachers Supply Closet

    For 12 years, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the Teachers Supply Closet to benefit the teachers and students in Roane County.

    “The Supply Closet is one of the Chamber’s most popular programs,” said Fran Puckett, chairwoman of the Chamber committee which heads up the annual effort.

    “The Supply Closet supports the county’s educational efforts and it is a program that everyone can take an active role in supporting,” she added.

    “Every donation is greatly appreciated.”

  • Justices stump in Roane for retention

    Two of the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in a tough fight for retention were on the stump in Roane County last week.

    Justices Cornelia “Connie” Clark and Sharon Lee said they visited the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston on July 31 to bring their case to the people.

    “We’re in a fight to preserve fair and impartial courts in Tennessee and I know the folks in Roane County want to preserve fair and impartial courts in their county, so we just want to spread that message,” Lee said.

  • More than 15 charged in plot to make meth

    More than a dozen Roane County residents have been charged in a methamphetamine conspiracy.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on July 16.

  • TVA settling coal ash suits for $27.8 million

    A resolution has been reached to resolve the litigation over the TVA ash spill.

    Sixty-three lawsuits encompassing more than 850 plaintiffs were pending against the agency in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

    Under the mediated global resolution, TVA will pay $27.8 million to the clerk of the federal court.

    The clerk will disburse $25.5 million to attorneys for the plaintiffs. The remaining $2.3 million is to be retained by the clerk for further disbursement orders of the court.