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Today's News

  • Sewer rates in Midtown need more rethinking

    Some Roane County wastewater plant customers are complaining about having to pay for sewage treatment they do not use.
    We see another flaw in the billing system.
    Unlike many other utilities, the Roane County wastewater plant charges a flat fee for residential customers — no matter how much waste they produce.
    That means that a family of five — perhaps with two working adults — pays the same as an elderly person who lives along on a limited, fixed income.
    Where’s the fairness in that?

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    My social-network friends often share snippets of their lives with me and the rest of the cyberworld on a daily basis.
    That’s fine. I enjoy keeping up with their comings and goings that way.
    To be honest, though, I seldom post much about my world.
    I choose to share those thoughts with you here in this space.
    While I am known to blog at roanecounty.com, I am much more comfortable offering up ramblings on paper with ink.

  • 4-H Chick Chain
  • Roane County welcomes Miss Tennessee
  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 6-4 to extend Director of Schools Toni McGriff's contract for one-year.

    "I moved to the place where I did want to stay another year,” McGriff said following Tuesday night's special-called meeting. “I hoped that I had done a good enough job that the board would want me to return.”

    McGriff's contract was set to expire on June 30. The one-year extension will keep McGriff in charge of the school system until June 30, 2012.

  • Tough third quarter leads to Harriman's exit, 86-64

    In real life 3:43 doesn’t seem like that long a period of time.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 16.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 16.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March.

  • 'Last Reunion' scribe to speak to OR group

    Jay Searcy, author of  “The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 Comes Home to the Secret City,” will speak during the upcoming Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association monthly meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 10 in Midtown Community Center, also known as Wildcat Den, at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Searcy has been touring East Tennessee to promote his new book. In hihs travels, he shares stories about his time in Oak Ridge and his knowledge of the area.  

  • Ten Mile man charged with sexual battery

    A man’s alleged sexual contact with a 13-year-old has gotten him indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury.

    Tommy Stansberry Smith of 7521 State Highway 304, Ten Mile, is charged with one count of sexual battery.

    Smith, 64, was indicted by the grand jury on Feb. 22. The charge is a Class E felony.

    The indictment said Smith unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously engaged in sexual contact with the victim at a time when he knew or had reason to know the victim did not consent.

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  • New VP for RMC parent company Covenant Health

    Larry Kleinman has been named Covenant Health’s executive vice president for human resources.
    Covenant is the parent company of Harriman’s Roane Medical Center.
    Kleinman succeeds the retiring Sam Buscetta.
    He most recently served as senior vice president for global talent management and customer innovation at Kenexa, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in human resources technology and products.
    Kleinman’s experience in health-care leadership includes serving as chief human resources officer for Providence Health and Services in Seattle.