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  • Rumors unconfirmed on steel mill's leaving

    At least two metal industry trade magazines are reporting an anonymous source that ArcelorMittal — formerly Bayou Steel — will be closing its Harriman steel mill and moving operations to the LaPlace, La., plant.
    They are also reporting an anonymous source from the company denying the remark.
    The official word? There apparently isn’t one.

  • New budget director takes the helm

    Technically sound, schooled in the financial and numbers game.
    That’s how Roane County Executive Ron Woody described Kaley Walker, the woman he hired to be the county’s new budget director.
    “I think we’ve got somebody that’s got a lot of energy, has got a very good knowledge base, some good experience,” Woody said. “I think it will be a good fit.”
    Walker’s first day on the job was Oct. 1. She replaced longtime budget director Alva Moore, who retired just before Woody took office on Sept. 1.

  • "Frankenstein" starts Oct. 14 at Roane State

    Make-up artist Rob Link discusses Sara Watson and Morgan Henry's costumes, hair and make-up for “Frankenstein” during a recent costume fitting at Roane State Community College's O'Brien Theatre. "Frankenstein" opens Thursday at 7 p.m. and will run for two weekends. For more information, contact Michael Golebiewski at 882-4589.

  • Woody gives Morgan Keegan the boot

    Morgan Keegan’s relationship with Roane County could become nonexistent under Ron Woody’s administration.

    The new county executive said he doesn’t plan to seek financial advice from the company.  

    “They will not be our financial advisers,” Woody said.

    That represents a change in direction for the county, which has sought the company’s advice on financial matters for years.

  • High court to weigh in on Harriman vs. Kingston

    How will five Tennessee Supreme Court justices interpret annexation law?

    Officials in Harriman and Kingston will find out when their legal representatives argue before the state’s highest court over a stretch of turf along Hwy. 70.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Kingston’s petition, Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom said last week. Kingston is seeking to overturn a lower court decision that found in favor of Harriman.

  • Foster in hacker plight on retreat

    A day reserved for meditation during a spiritual retreat in Boston quickly turned stressful for Kara Foster.

    The Rockwood First Christian Church pastor found herself in upheaval when she realized friends and family were receiving e-mails from someone claiming to be her. Someone who was mugged in London and desperate for money to get home.

    With her mind at ease and her cell phone on silent, Foster said she kept getting calls while she was in the midst of her day of silence.

  • Developers' latest move a 'publicity stunt,' attorney says

    A red herring.

    That’s what Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom called a motion to dismiss filed for Site Inc., David Robinette, D-K Properties II LLC, Steve H. Kirkham, Jerry Duncan and Judy Duncan in a lawsuit and countersuit concerning who owes whom on a project involving public and private property.

    “It is a public publicity stunt to indicate to the general public, ‘Oh, we can’t be held responsible,’” Balcom said.

  • Stockton aims to stay the course with public service

    When is the last time an incumbent sheriff in Roane County had just one opponent?

    Prior to the 2010 election, you would have to go back more than 30 years to find an example.

    “That was odd,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said, of this year’s race in which he faced just one opponent. “I don’t remember a one-on-one race.”

    The sheriff’s race usually has a crowded field. When Stockton won his first term in 2006, he was one of six candidates.  

  • Adventure’s beyond the roll of the dice, and the story forms characters’ fate in Dungeons & Dragons

    An epic adventure awaits with magical adventures, twists and turns in a participant-shaped story.

    Members of the Roane State Dungeoneers meet weekly on the main campus of Roane State Community College for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, a role-playing game involving a story, dice and tiny representations of characters on a playing board, or battle-grid pieces.

    Dungeon Master Michael Golebiewski helps tell the stories and aids players in making the decisions on what to do.

  • Downtown improvement plan solidified

    Empty and deteriorating buildings that take up part of a block on Roane Street in Harriman may not be far from a facelift.
    Mayor Chris Mason said city officials are almost ready to give the Harriman Housing Authority the nod to give the property’s owner, Fikret Gencay, notice to either come up with a plan of action to remedy the buildings’ problems or the buildings will be taken and given to someone who will.