Local News

  • Rockwood looks at administrator hopefuls

    Three of the four people who interviewed for the Rockwood city administrator position have a Rockwood connection.

    The position, originally the city recorder position under the recently retired Jim Hines, has been vacant only a short while.

  • Remembering fallen officers
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  • Fall shows a flair for the brilliant
  • Widening of Ruritan, Hwy. 70 part of talks

    A group of government officials filled a Tennessee Department of Transportation bus almost to capacity during a tour of local roadway projects.

    The Friday, Sept. 30, event, the last of the roadway project bus tours in Region 1, included the widening of state route 29A (Ruritan Road) to state route 61 (Roane Street) in Harriman and the Highway 70 widening project from Rockwood to Midtown.

    Also discussed were plans to widen Hwy. 27 through Morgan County and eventually widening the winding roadway all the way to Scott County.

  • Engineer: Failure of ash dike ‘powerful’

    Special to Roane Newsapers

    The catastrophic dike failure that sent an ocean of toxic ash onto land around the Kingston Fossil Plant may have been long in building up but was sudden in its fury, an engineer testified last week.

    “That failure was so dramatically powerful that it didn’t shear off at the bottom of dike C,” William Walton testified on Thursday. “It went 10, maybe 15 into the foundation of dike C.”

  • Could artists cooperative be in Harriman’s future?

    A local painter believes Harriman, with its fresh focus on the arts, may be a perfect location for an artist cooperative.

    Pam Fowler thinks it could go over well in the downtown area, where city leaders hope the renovation of the Princess Theater as a regional arts and education center will trigger greater revitalization. Fowler hopes other artists will agree.

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  • Harriman employees get 2-percent raise

    Harriman city employees will be seeing the benefits of a 2-percent pay increase on their next paychecks.

    The Harriman City Council approved the fiscal 2012 budget on Sept. 27, including raises that were to begin the first pay period after final passage.

    In addition to the raises, the city property tax rate of $1.1933 was rounded up to $1.20 per $100 valuation.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley said it would make little difference to property owners.\

    For example, a person with a $100,000 home will pay about $1.68 more a year.

  • Clinch River nuke push

    A huge depression from an infamous breeder reactor project that was scuttled in the 1980s is still visible today.

    Another pit could be on the way at the same Roane County location along the Clinch River.

    TVA is looking into putting small modular reactors at the site on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    “This whole project is in the exploratory, can-we-make-this-happen, can-we-really- make-this-work kind of deal,” said Jeff Perry, senior project manager for the Clinch River project. “That’s kind of where we’re at.”