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  • Adopted teen reunites with biological family in Romania

    Dru Miller has always known he was adopted.

    Though raised in a loving home, the Rockwood teen admits he longed for information from his past.

    “I always questioned it,” he said.

    He got his chance to meet his family thanks to a Romanian television show that has segments featuring adopted Romanian children reunited with birth families.

    “When I got there I was completely speechless,” Miller said.

    “All my questions were gone. I was just psyched to see them.”

  • Paper mill comment deadline is Jan. 27

    Time is running out to comment on cleanup plans at the site where a papermill once sat in Harriman.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will close a public comment period on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has confidence the EPA cleanup will enable the city to eventually take ownership of and find a public use for the property.

    “I haven’t heard anything negative concerning the public,” Mason said. “The amount of qualifying toxins in the ground are minimal and will easily be removed by the EPA.”

  • Harriman wants your thoughts on recreation

    Harriman residents are being encouraged to give feedback on existing recreation programs and what new recreational opportunities they’d like to see in the city.

    A survey about the matter is available online and in hard copy at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    “It will take you less than five minutes,” said Rebecca Schwepfinger, the city’s special events and public relations coordinator.

    The survey may also be found online at www.cityofharriman.net.

  • Pitch would combine high schools

    Five high schools could eventually become a thing of the past in Roane County.

    Lewis Group Architects conducted a study for the Board of Education and came up with five different scenarios, which it presented to the board on Thursday.

    Scenario 1 calls for keeping Midway and Oliver Springs and combining Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood into one new school.

    Scenario 2 calls for keeping Midway and building two new schools. The Roane County High district would be split between the two new schools.

  • Roane County Schools to close at 2

    Roane County Schools will be releasing students at 2 p.m. today in anticipation of a winter weather system moving into the area.

    Director of Schools' Gary Aytes said the roads are currently in good condition and students should be able to get home safely.

    "We thought to be on the safe side we'd go ahead and close," said Aytes.

    Rain is supposed to change into a snowy mix this evening.

  • BASE, basketball games canceled

    The Before- and After-School program operated by Roane County Schools, as well as several area high school basketball games, have been canceled Friday.

    Basketball games postponed include Kingston at Oliver Springs (rescheduled Feb. 8), Kingston at Harriman, Sunbright at Oliver Springs and Oakdale at Midway.

    Times for the Grace Christian at Rockwood games have been moved up — boys play at 3:30 p.m.; girls play at 5 p.m.

  • All state offices closed due to weather

    Due to severe weather conditions, ALL state offices will be closed today Friday, Jan. 22.

  • Wintry mix paralyzes Roane; more’s on the way overnight

    Wintertime showed East Tennessee who’s boss on Wednesday by dumping ice and snow on the area.

    Roane County caught the brunt of the elements, with sleet starting in the early morning and turning to snow by lunchtime. And while Thursday offered a break in the forecast, meteorologists say there’s more to come.

    “It looks like the highest accumulation of snow is going to be overnight” Friday, said Jessica Winton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown.

  • Cold pill limits lifted

    An obstacle stopping pharmacies in Harriman from selling pseudoephedrine without a prescription has been lifted.

    Harriman City Council repealed the city ordinance this week “simply because it wasn’t effective anymore,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    “It was a good thing when we passed it,” the mayor added. “However, it is no longer needed.”

  • Don’t expect judge decision to be made soon

    It could take a while before the Tennessee Supreme Court makes a decision on whether to hear Tom McFarland’s latest appeal over his 2014 election loss.

    “It could come back in a month or it could come back in six months,” said Joanne Newsome, the chief deputy clerk for the Appellate Court Clerk’s Office in Knoxville.

    “There’s no set time.”

    McFarland, a Kingston attorney, was defeated by Mike Pemberton in the 2014 race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.