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  • BIG GIFT FOR KINGSTON FOSSIL PLANT

    The holiday tradition of gift giving came a bit early this year for TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant due to the generosity of a sister plant in Shawnee, Ky.

    And, though it wasn’t Santa performing the delivery, the 200-ton generator stator made a significant journey involving the hard work of many.

    During a maintenance outage at Kingston Unit 1, the existing stator — the stationary component of an electric generator — was determined to be beyond repair.

  • Neckowicz heading up InVizion

    Professional Project Services Inc., known as Pro2Serve, recently appointed Kristy Tan Neckowicz as president of its software subsidiary, InVizion LLC.

    Neckowicz served as senior vice president of InVizion since March 2014.

    InVizion develops and markets project portfolio management applications that allow executives and managers to rapidly address the impact of changing resource constraints, objectively develop and optimize revised execution strategies, and clearly communicate resulting critical decisions to stakeholders.

  • Workshop to help with starting up new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Registation is required to attend the workshop.

    For details or to register, visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

  • Tensions rise at assessor’s

    Charles Laxton doesn’t care for how property assessor David Morgan is doing his job.

    Laxton let him know it on Wednesday.

    Laxton could be heard slamming the door and giving Morgan a piece of his mind throughout the courthouse.

    As a result, he was escorted out by the sheriff’s office.

    Here’s how Morgan described the incident:

  • LET ’EM ROLL

    The need for cooperation between fire departments was made clear recently by two major Harriman fires — one massive, the other fatal.

    Many area fire departments rolled out to help with the Jan. 8 inferno that razed the downtown Miller & Brewer building, and then again at Monday’s Margrave Street fire that killed a 65-year-old woman.

    That kind of mutual aid between departments is common at larger, more complicated fires.

    A closer working relationship may soon emerge between Kingston and Harriman fire departments, however.

  • Meadows quits Plateau board

    After three months on the Roane County Commission, Darryl Meadows decided he doesn’t have time to continue serving on the Plateau Partnership Park Industrial Development Board.

    He resigned from the board last month.

    “I talked to (Roane County Executive) Ron (Woody) and said, ‘Hey, it may be best if I just step aside and let someone do it that has the time,’” Meadows said.

    Meadows, a former Rockwood city councilman, was elected to a District 1 commission seat last August. His four-year term began Sept. 1.

  • Downtown fire finally out, cleanup brings new problems

    The long-burning fire that destroyed the old Miller & Brewer building is out.

    “We actually just got the rest of the fire out yesterday,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss on Thursday.

    The fallen building smoldered for days after a fire gutted it on Jan. 8, and water could not reach the burning debris under the rubble.

    On Tuesday, Harriman City Council hired local company Ace Inc. to clear out the bricks so firefighters could extinguish the fire completely.

  • Commander speaks
  • Family remembers woman who died in fire

    Frances Ann Powell Snow’s family are mourning a willful but loving mother, grandmother and sister.

    “We love her very much and miss her,” said daughter B.J. Allison, of Snow, who died in a Harriman house fire Monday.

    “She was a wonderful mother,” added daughter Shannon Allison. “She was always there when she was needed.”

    The 65-year-old disabled woman was the only one at home when fire broke out at 505 Margrave St. Other family members were at work.

  • GUEST OPINION: Question begged — Just how Je Suis Charlie to be?

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    After one week, a tough question already is being asked: Just how “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) should we be?

    At the outset, First Amendment advocates need to recognize the many layers of such a question — which originates not in reconsideration of recognition of those killed Jan. 7, but in the subsequent worldwide examination of the content of Charlie Hebdo magazine and other publications like it.