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  • Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus set to expand

    An ad hoc committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents has recommended that Roane State Community College receive $9 million in matching funding to expand its Oak Ridge campus.
    The project would enable the college to ease overcrowding at the campus and prepare more students for careers in health care.
    The recommendation was to go before the full Board of Regents this week.
    The state offered matching funds of $9 million, the maximum match available to a community college.

  • Houstons jailed again

    Frank V. Williams III is a no-nonsense judge, as brothers Rocky and Leon Houston found out the hard way on Thursday.

    Williams had both jailed for contempt after he ruled they were out of order in his courtroom.

    Rocky was first.

    “Arrest that man and take him to jail,” Williams ordered.

    Leon would suffer the same fate moments later.

    “Sheriff, arrest this man right here for contempt and take him to jail,” Williams said to deputies in the courtroom.

  • Hospital architect chosen

    Covenant Health has selected the architect who will be drawing the plans for a new hospital to replace Roane Medical Center’s current operations in downtown Harriman.

    Jodi Harris of Covenant’s marketing and public relations division said Knoxville-based The Lewis Group was selected to design the complex.

  • Last ash train leaves for Alabama

    The time-critical phase of the ash spill cleanup is over.

    The last train shipment of ash left the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Wednesday evening.

    “It’s very exciting,” said Kathryn Nash, senior manager for operations for the cleanup. “A lot of people have put a lot of work into this, and a lot of hours.”

    Steve McCracken, general manager for the ash spill cleanup, said the last shipment was delayed a day because of rain.

  • Rockwood prepares for Wassomless Christmas

    Rockwood 2000 has added a new event to its holiday extravaganza this weekend.

    On Friday evening, the celebration of the organization’s annual Christmas home tour will kickoff with a Christmas tree lighting at Rockwood’s Homecoming Park at 6:30.

    During the festivities members of the Crossville chapter of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, an integral part of the home tour’s Civil War re-enactments, will present a plaque to the city in memory of Stan and Judy Wassom.

  • Rocky, Leon Houston arrested for contempt of court

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston were arrested Thursday morning after Chancellor Frank V. Williams III found them in contempt of court.

    The two men, who in 2006 were accused of murder in the shootings of a Roane County sheriff's deputy and ride-along friend, were in court to contest one of their lawyers taking Houston family property in payment for representing him.

    Leon was acquitted in the shootings, while Rocky was released as a result of a technical error by one of the judges in the case.

  • Borrowing for buses gets alternate spin

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis has been telling constituents the county is not borrowing money to purchase school buses.

    County Executive Ron Woody said Ellis is wrong.   

    “We’re going to borrow the money,” Woody said.

    Instead of borrowing money to purchase the school buses, Woody wanted the county to ask the school system to buy the buses with money in its operating budget or fund balance.

  • Kingston betting lights on drawing retail

    Kingston city officials are aglow about the city’s latest accomplishment — a half dozen towering light clusters at the Gallaher Road exit of Interstate 40.

    Those, along with the addition of more traditional street lights along the exit, are intended to signal to businesses and, eventually, shoppers, that this is the intended site of Kingston’s future business district.

  • Harriman fire team keeps children safe in vehicles, too

    That perfectly good looking child-restraint seat that has served you for a while may be a hazard waiting to happen.

    Just ask the Harriman Fire Department. And you can, too, because it holds regular child-restraint safety checkpoints. The department works hard to make sure one of the five certified firefighters is on each shift so anyone stopping by can have their seat checked or installed.

  • Tax bills finally hit the mail

    People who own land in Roane County no longer have to wait to find out how much they owe in property taxes.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said the new tax cards are in the mail.

    “Part of it was taken to the post office yesterday (Monday), and the remainder of it was taken this (Tuesday) morning,” Eblen said, “so everyone should be getting them soon.”
    Normally people would have received the cards around the first of October, but this year’s controversial countywide reappraisal caused a lot of delays.