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  • UT work blessing to OS agency, area residents

    Know your spots.

    That is what Georgette Samaras, education coordinator for the Cancer Institute at University of Tennessee Medical Center, said during a recent free skin screening at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    The demand for that screening was so high the authority is scheduling appointments for a second clinic on Oct. 5.

    Samaras talked with visitors about any suspicious marks on their bodies and took pictures to be looked at by Dr. James Lewis, the program coordinator, and a surgical oncologist specializing in melanoma.

  • Industrial board almost official in Harriman

    The Harriman Industrial Board is one more step to being official.

    The Harriman City Council approved a resolution authorizing the establishment of the board during its Sept. 7 meeting.

    Attorney Sandy McPherson, who represents Roane County’s Industrial Board, helped prepare documents the future board members needed to present to begin making the board official.

    Also approved was a certificate of incorporation.

  • County looking into disaster plan for potential big-cat sanctuary escapes

    Imagine if a major disaster hit East Roane County and caused some of the animals at Tiger Haven to get loose.

    County officials are putting together a plan on how to deal with such a scenario.  

    “We’re going to identify what potential could happen and how to secure the area and make the public safe,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Tiger Haven is a big-cat sanctuary on Harvey Road. According to its website, the facility houses more than 280 of the animals. Most are tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • EMA staff no longer taking home vehicles

    You can drive up Cumberland Street in Kingston at night and see some of the changes that have taken place with Roane County’s emergency management department.

    A row of emergency management vehicles sits parked near the courthouse.   

    “Some of them have been pulled in,” new County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • RMC move months away

    Roane Medical Center’s days in downtown Harriman appear to be numbered.

    Covenant Health is about 16-17 months from moving the Harriman-based hospital to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Midtown, said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    The new facility was announced in March 2008, when Covenant and Harriman officials worked out  arrangements for the company’s acquisition of the then city-owned and -operated hospital.

    Mason said last week the move is “a little bit early, according to our contract.”

  • Kingston utility celebrates new 'bugs'

    Some new workers for the city of Kingston are receiving high praise from officials, but you won’t find their names on the payroll.

    In fact, you won’t find their names at all.

    “They’re bugs,” said City Manager Jim Pinkerton, who also oversees the sewage treatment plant. “I think they come from the food industry.”

  • Commission turns away road grant

    The Roane County Commission balked at the idea of committing $225,000 for a proposed road project.

    The resolution calling for such was voted down 13-2 at the Sept. 13 meeting.  

    Commissioners Bobby Collier, who submitted the resolution, and Steve Kelley were the only two commissioners to vote yes.    

    According to officials, the money would have been the county’s portion of a grant match for a feasibility study on the proposed Rose Crossing/Morrison Hill Crossing project.

  • Paranormal group joins Harriman event

    Temperence Town is embracing its dark side.

    The Hauntings of Historic Harriman ghost tour set for Oct. 8 and 9 is including Appalachian Paranormal Investigations in the mix this year.

    Paranormal Investigations, which is made up of Joshua Ooten, Chris Harder and Kevin King, will be available before the tour and the first hour of the tour to talk with tour participants.  

    This promises to be a “spirited” event with all new interpretations of true sightings and events along with some history of the town.  

  • Meeting to focus on Swan Pond's future

    County officials want to hear from Swan Pond residents.

    A meeting is scheduled at Swan Pond Baptist Church on Tuesday.

    Residents of the community are asked to address county officials on what they would like to see in their community when the TVA ash spill cleanup is done.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Swan Pond Baptist Church is at 987 Swan Pond Road.

  • Smoother ride for Harriman motorists

    Harriman residents who have been going through a rough patch will soon have a smoother ride.

    Harriman Utility Board officials have said they are finishing utility work needed in the area of roadways that are scheduled to be paved this year.

    The gravel-filled patches that were left from the work are scheduled to be paved over.

    “They are at the end of their repairs and we’ll be ready to start,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.