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  • Roane County Chamber of Commerce 2011 Legislative Agenda

    Economic Development & Tourism

    Development, expansion and restoration of key economic drivers involving industrial, retail and tourism development efforts.

    + Adequate funding to complete Phase III building requirements of the Roane State Exposition Center to enhance Roane County tourism and agricultural activities.

    + Funding to local governments for land acquisition, infrastructure support, and building construction to meet industrial development recruitment and retention needs.

  • Hurley up for capitol work

    Julia Hurley is busy.

    As one of the newest members of the Tennessee House of Representatives, she’s working to put together her Roane County office on the top floor of Harriman’s Temperance Building.

    Frames are ready to hang, and the back room’s Christmas decorations storage is ready to be cleared out as she put final touches on the office for her weekend open house and first full week of meetings and committees starting today, Monday, in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza.

  • 'American Idol' gives Arthur the gold-ticket treatment

    Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur has made it to Hollywood on FOX’s popular “American Idol” talent-show-type series.

    The 20-year-old singer auditioned for the show’s 10th season in Austin, Texas, where she performed Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey” and Shania Twain’s more up-tempo “No One Needs to Know.”

    Judges interrupted Arthur’s second song with praise.

    “So good!” proclaimed Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, one of the show’s three judges this season.

  • Gearing up for Spring
  • Harriman closes out old retirement fund

    Harriman officials are ready to close out a retirement plan for a very few hospital employees.

    Harriman City Council approved hiring a consultant to  begin the process of dispensing the retirement funds and closing out the account at its Jan. 18 special-called meeting that was postponed the previous week because of snow and ice.

    “There was a really old retirement plan they had in place before Tennessee Consolidated,” said Treasurer Charles Kerley.

  • Harriman seeks more of Midtown

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said the city needs to move quickly to annex three properties adjacent to where Covenant Health is going to locate.

    Mason said Covenant Health will need to purchase those properties in addition to its existing property within the city limits before it can start construction on the new hospital.

  • Harriman seeks more of Midtown

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said the city needs to move quickly to annex three properties adjacent to where Covenant Health is going to locate.

    Mason said Covenant Health will need to purchase those properties in addition to its existing property within the city limits before it can start construction on the new hospital.

  • Ambulance station location questioned

    The South of the River ambulance station is about five miles from the one in Kingston.

    That situation has Roane County  Commissioner Ron Berry asking questions.   

    “Why do we have an ambulance 4.5 miles from Kingston?” Berry queried during an ambulance committee meeting recently.  

    The South of the River station is off Hwy. 58 in the rescue squad building.

    “The site is there because of the donated property,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Oliver Springs changes colors for a day

    Normally fans attending a basketball game at Oliver Springs’ Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium are amazed by the amount of purple and gold in the stands.

    Friday night, however, Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats head coach Michelle Christopher is hoping that fans will forego their usual team colors.

    She hopes they will don the color pink in an effort to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

  • Super Bowl treat behind bars

    Like many Americans, inmates at the Roane County Jail will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday.

    “I guess they enjoy football like anybody else in America,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I don’t see any reason not to let them watch it.”

    Stockton said all the pods at the jail have a TV inside.

    This year’s Super Bowl pits the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Kickoff is around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.