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Today's News

  • Holiday flick ‘Wonderful’ milestone for the Princess

    The glimmer of the Princess Theatre’s lights will glow in holiday spirit when the Princess Theatre Foundation presents a showing of the classic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    The Dec. 12 showing will be the first time in many years that the Princess, originally a movie theater, has shown a film. It was all made possible with a newly installed screen, thanks to fundraising efforts of the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    “I think it is fantastic,” Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler said.

  • Brady, Lewis up for school architect

    The Roane County Board of Education didn’t select an architect at last Tuesday’s special-called meeting.

    But the board narrowed the field to Michael Brady Inc. and The Lewis Group.

    “We’ll do a more thorough interview with them pretty quickly,” Board Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Board members will interview representatives from both firms during a special-called session beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 4.

  • Harriman goals to be determined in ’15

    Harriman City Council decided to wait until a city manager was hired before determining the city’s future goals and direction.

    Kevin Helms took the reins this month, and it looks like officials have decided to start the new calendar year by having the meeting in January.

    “I think we ought to agree about a long range vision for the city,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

    Holley said deciding on the city’s identity is important to its future.

  • Capitol Christmas tree from OS for second year in a row

    It’s a tree-peat — make that repeat — for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

    For the second consecutive year, a tree from the grounds of UTIA’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center has been chosen to be the Christmas tree for the Tennessee State Capitol.

    The approximately 75-foot-tall Norway spruce, which was planted on the grounds of the Center’s Cumberland Forest, was felled on Nov. 20.

  • Classroom Under the Sea making a splash

    Roane State Community College’s Classroom Under the Sea is doing more than breaking a world record for living in an underwater habitat.

    Professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain are making waves in education with a weekly program that exposes people to knowledge about the ocean, its coral reefs and animals, and experts in varied fields of study.

    Not only is a class at Roane State offered through the program, but videos are streamed for free and include lab projects anyone can do.

  • Harriman couple under indictment for child abuse

    A Harriman couple was arrested on Thursday following an indictment by the Knox County grand  jury, according to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

    Laurel Harmon, 26, and her boyfriend Robin Mayes, 27, are charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

    Bond for both Harmon and Mayes was set at $300,000.  

  • Radio Shack closes up shop in Rockwood

     

    Radio Shack has closed in Rockwood. The electronic store’s sign has been removed from the front of the store it occupied in Tyler Pointe, and signs advise customers that the nearest store isnow in Oak Ridge. “Radio Shack can confirm we are closing our Rockwood location,” a corporate representative said. “However, we will continue to have additional stores in the area to serve our customers. We are grateful for the service of our dedicated associates.”

  • ‘True grit’ keeps Central going for 50 years

    Central Auto Parts and Supplies celebrates 50 years this year.

    The store has sold brand name auto parts for more than half a century.

    “I guess we’re one of the oldest continuing running businesses in Roane County,” said owner Glenn Reynolds.

    What’s enabled them to stay open as small privately owned businesses seem to come and go?

    “It is true grit, I guess would be the word,” Reynolds said. “I have had a lot of obstacles in the way.”

  • Leadership Roane alumni, members meet in park event

    Leadership Roane County Alumni board of directors recently had a social at Roane County Park to introduce members of the class of 2015 to prior graduates.

    The event also gave members of previous classes an opportunity to reconnect with each other.

    The class of 2015 marks the 30th year for Leadership Roane County.

    More than 350 leaders in the county have participated in the program.

  • McKinney marks 50 years at OR post office

    Arkie McKinney started his career as a part-time flexible clerk Post Office Department.

    McKinney was recognized last week in front of his peers and family for his 50 years of service by Oak Ridge Postmaster Clay Hendren at the Main Post Office at 301 S. Tulane Ave.

    “It’s not often we celebrate an employee who has served the Postal Service for 50 years,” said Hendren.