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  • Roane population growth slow over past decade

    Roane County touts its lakefront living, but the county is  well behind many of its neighbors in population growth.

    Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the county’s population increased 3.1 percent from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009.

    “That’s almost zero growth,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.  

    That hasn’t been the case with some neighboring counties. Loudon, Monroe, Cumberland and Knox counties are booming in terms of population, according to the Census data.

  • Pop creates snap, crackle, fire chief says

    Thanks to quick-thinking residents, a fire was contained at a Harriman home on Monday.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire at 147 Pine Ridge Road, which was called in at 7:18 p.m.,  was contained to a bedroom with some smoke and heat damage in some other rooms.

    “He (resident Darrell Goddard) said he heard a real loud pop, and when he got out of the shower the smoke was in the bathroom,” Goss said.

    When residents located the fire, they quickly got out of the home, Goss said.

  • EnergySolutions seeks to process German radioactive waste

    EnergySolutions has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to incinerate radioactive waste from Germany at its Bear Creek facility in Roane County.

    Mark Walker, vice president of marketing and media relations for EnergySolutions, said Bear Creek has received waste from a foreign country before.

    “Canada, for example,” he said. “They’ve sent us material and we’ve processed it at the Bear Creek facility and then shipped it back to them.”

  • Regents OK $9 million to expand Roane State campus in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will be expanding, thanks to $9 million in matching funds from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

    This is combined with the $2.5 million the college raised, thanks to Anderson County and Oak Ridge.

    “The Anderson County Commission pledged $500,000, and the city of Oak Ridge pledged $500,000,” said college spokesman Owen Driskill.

    “We are incredibly grateful to all those who donated to this project,” said Roane State President Gary Goff.

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  • Body at marina identified

    Authorities have identified the man found dead on a dock at Caney Creek Marina Thursday.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he was John Patrick Byerley.

    Stockton said Byerley had a Maryville address, but he was staying on a boat at the marina.

    His body was sent for an autopsy. The sheriff said the death didn’t appear to be the result of foul play.

    “We’ll know more when the autopsy comes back,” Stockton said.    

  • Cable channel 15 debuts with Harriman parade

    Harriman cable government access channel 15 had its first broadcast Thursday evening surrounded by an audience of live viewers.

    Those viewers were the crowd gathered along downtown streets as the Harriman Christmas parade was taped with commentary from “The Heartland Series” personality Bill Landry and Harriman officials.

    “We decided it was a great time to start,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason. “It is really the first time we have been ready to try and pull it off.”

  • 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.