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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Run for Dunn 5K, walk scheduled for March 19

    Run for Dunn, a 5K run and 1-mile walk presented by the Michael Dunn Foundation, will be on March 19 on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    Check-in, prerace entertainment and registration begins at 8 a.m.; the run and walk start at 9.

    Preregistration is now under way at www.michaeldunnfoundation.org and www.michaeldunncenter.org.

    Entrance fees by March 13 are $25 per person 15 and older, $20 per Knoxville Track Club member and $15 per youth ages 14 and younger.

  • 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.

  • Calling it a career: Miles helped people feel better for almost 50 years

    Mary Miles walked through the front doors of Harriman City Hospital on Dec. 30, 1963, and hasn’t left since.
    Now, nearly 50 years later, Miles has decided to hang up her uniform and retire.
    Through those years, she has watched the hospital that evolved into Roane Medical Center grow from a small community hospital into a progressive medical center.
    “I’m a Harriman native, and I wanted to give back to my community, so I decided to get a job at the hospital,” Miles said. “I never imagined I would still be here today. The hospital has been my home away from home.”

  • Garden Center Antiques moves

    Sherry West waits to greet more customers at the new site for her Garden Center Antiques.

    The shop, now at 239 W. Rockwood St., Rockwood, was formerly on Hwy. 27.

  • 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.    

  • This week's hoops schedule

    Monday, Feb. 14

    TMSAA East Tennessee Sectional Tournament (Pigeon Forge/Sevierville)

    Midway at Rockwood (High School)

     

  • Jackets fall to Highlanders

    Tuesday night was another tough night in District 4-AA action for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as both were swept at Scott High.