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  • EMS in $300,000 range for overtime

    Some Roane County commissioners want the ambulance department to look into reducing the amount of overtime its giving employees.

    From July 1 to Feb. 10, $316,171.66 was spent on overtime pay. There is still more than four months left in the fiscal year.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett has suggested the department “work intuitively on all scheduling to avoid excess overtime.”

  • Grant helps Harriman, Rockwood save money

    A green movement will help two Roane County communities save money on their utilities.

    Both Harriman and Rockwood have Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grant dollars allotted to help them renovate city buildings to make them more efficient.

    Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines said the city has $100,000.

    The project will be to change and replace all the lighting fixtures in the municipal complex. The work will replace about 300 fixtures with energy efficient fixtures, Hines said.

  • Confusion reigns in convening of county's urban growth board

    Harriman will have to wait a little longer before the committee to consider urban growth amendments reconvenes.

    A meeting set for Feb. 28 was cancelled. Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent a letter to each cities’ mayor, Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Roane County Soil Conservation District, Roane County Board of Education, Rockwood Electric Utility and Volunteer Energy Cooperative.

  • Cleaning up

    Jose Parez picks up trash alongside Interstate 40 at the Midtown interchange last week.

  • City founder namesake for university

    What is the connection between Fisk University and Harriman?

    Students and faculty at Bowers Elementary School can tell you.

    While researching the Fisk Jubilee Singers, they discovered the man for whom the university is named — Gen. Clinton B. Fisk — also played a role in the founding of Harriman.    

  • Tiger Haven strikes back at county

    Last month the Roane County Commission instructed County Executive Ron Woody to write Tiger Haven a letter requesting a group inspection.
    The answer came this week.
    “Tiger Haven respectfully declines the commission’s request for such an inspection,” Tiger Haven attorney S. Douglas Drinnon informed Woody in a letter on Wednesday.
    Drinnon added that, “as a courtesy,” he would allow Woody to take a tour of the property.

  • Workshop schedule eyed

    Harriman City Council has a lot to deliberate on this year, including annexation, the completion of the Princess Theater and a continued focus on cleanup.
    That’s why, in the light of holidays and bad weather cutting into workshops, several council members recommended diving back into the routine.
    “We got a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson.
    “I think we need to get back on track with our workshops. I think we all agree our plate is full,” Councilman Lonnie Wright said.

  • Just another day at the park
  • County logs first highway fatality of year

    A Roane County man died after his car crashed on Tuesday.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Timothy A. Bailes was traveling on Hwy. 61 in a 1994 Saturn.

    Bailes, 59, of Harriman, veered off the roadway and struck a tree in the afternoon wreck, the fatality report said.
    Tuesday’s accident, which was near Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, was the first traffic fatality to occur in Roane County this year.

  • TVA to close outreach center

    The TVA Outreach Center on Kentucky Street in Kingston will close next month.

    TVA opened the center in January 2009 to give residents a place to report concerns about the fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “The outreach center staff has served more than 1,700 families and has received hundreds of inquiries,” TVA said in an e-mail to the Roane County Community Advisory Group.

    However, from October 2010 through Monday, TVA said, 17 calls or visits were made to the center. Six of those were unrelated to the disaster cleanup.