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  • Horsehead emissions concerns addressed

    More than a dozen people shared their concerns about Horsehead Corp. emissions during a permit hearing Thursday.

    Horsehead Corp. is a Rockwood facility that processes EAF dust in the creation of crude zinc oxide and iron-rich material.

    Nick Barrett, who lives at 420 W. Rockwood St., showed a number of videos he recorded from his home that showed emissions from various parts of the facility, including what looks like large gray cloud coming out of different areas.

  • Middle College almost over for inaugural class

    Roane State Middle College students took on a challenge when they enrolled in both a daunting college workload while also juggling their high school courses.

    They proved they were more than up to the task, not only managing but excelling alongside more traditional college students.

    The first class, which began in fall 2014, will graduate with associate’s degrees on May 6.

    “These guys show up every day. They are self- motivated,” said David Lane, Middle College coordinator.

  • BUMPERTOBUMPER: I-40 work makes the going slow

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam received a lot of calls last week.

    The calls weren’t about crimes, though — they were about traffic.

    Construction work on Interstate 40 is prompting many drivers to take detours around clogged interstate arteries and into downtown Kingston.

    “Our biggest concern is the 18-wheelers that are coming through town,” Washam said.

  • Harriman's The Oasis convenience store and attached buildings destroyed by fire

    Harriman Fire Department and other local agencies responded to a fire that destroyed an iconic part of the Harriman community and may have taken a woman's life.

    "We are still working the incident and scene and looking into the origin or cause," said Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey.

    "The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been here as a matter of course. We have a unified command with them right now."

  • Woody, Watkins finalists for school chief

    Roane County is one step closer to having a new director of schools.

    The Board of Education wrapped up three days of interviews Wednesday night.

    Leah Rice Watkins and Keevin Woody emerged as the two finalists by receiving the highest scores of the nine candidates that interviewed.

    The school board plans to interview Watkins and Woody separately on April 20 starting at 5:30 p.m.

    Following those interviews, the board is expected to vote on which one it wants to be the next director of schools.

  • Barksdale heads to UT Athletics Hall of Fame

    Perhaps the greatest athlete in the history of Roane County will receive a big-time award Saturday.

    Former Harriman High School standout Sharrieffa Barksdale will be inducted into the University of Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame.

    “I’m excited,” Barksdale said. “There are no words to describe how it feels to be among the best of the best to be inducted into the UT Hall of Fame.”

    The Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame is an evolution of the previous Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame.

  • Trash a problem on Pekoma Road

    The decision by the Roane County Commission Monday to abandon a portion of Pekoma Road in Philadelphia doesn’t solve the problem of trash that has been dumped alongside the remote road, Kelly Price said.

    “I want the road closed, but I don’t think it’s my responsibility to clean it up,” the area resident said.

    Price told the Commission that garbage, including old tires, television sets and even a couch, has been piling up along both sides of the road for years.

  • Hickman heads up recreation

    A candidate for Harriman City Council is dropping out of the race with a whole new role for the city in mind.

    Allen Hickman was announced as the new Harriman recreation director at the Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday.

    It’s a good fit, considering why he wanted to run for Council.

    “The main reason I wanted to get elected was to help rec,” said Hickman.

    “I want to do as much as I can. I just want to serve our community, whatever capacity that may be.

  • Zumbathon to raise money to fight cancer

    Anyone looking for a high-energy way of raising money for Relay for Life might consider the second annual Relay for Life Zumbathon.

    Led by Paulette Peters Ray of Zumba Fitness with Paulette, the event will be 6 to 8 p.m. April 23, at the Roane State Community College Gym.

    Other instructors will include Breigh Burns, Callie Crye, Haylee Cunningham, Kimberley Clemmer, Liz Harding, Kay Houser, Miguelito Juan, Marge Thompson and Melinda Wolfe.

  • Rockwood gets a clean bill of finance health

    Auditors had a lot to praise at a recent Rockwood City Council meeting — not only because the city had no findings in its audit, but also for the city’s efforts in building up its once-dismal fund balance.

    Richard Hill, with Mitchell, Emert & Hill, said the city closed the 2015 fiscal year with a general fund balance of $717,000, about a $116,000 gain from the previous year’s end.