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  • 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.

  • Flora retiring from HUB

    Thirty-five years is a career goal Chuck Flora has been working toward.

    In July, the general manager of Harriman Utility Board will mark that awaited milestone. And that’s when he plans to retire.

    He recently announced plans — eight months prior to his actual last days —  when he realized his longterm financial planning was right on target.

    “I’ve been planning for this for years,” Flora said.

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  • Harriman Cracker Barrel gets electric vehicle charger

    Harriman’s Cracker Barrel is one of several Tennessee restaurants in the chain that will be installing electric vehicle chargers.
    The company announced the future installation of Blink electric vehicle chargers provided by ECOtality, according to a news release from the company.
    Cracker Barrel became a participant with The EV Project, an initiative to increase the adoption of electric vehicles by creating a solid charging infrastructure across the country.

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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.