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Today's News

  • Alliance gets the silver for sustainability

    The Roane Alliance received a Silver Award on behalf of Roane County at the TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 3 in Nashville.

    The award ceremony honored 13 communities from across the Tennessee Valley.

  • Kingston’s Jones tops at Methodist

    Darla Jones, nursing supervisor in the Nursing Administration department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named December MMCer of the Month.

    In her role, Jones provides support to the nursing staff at Methodist Medical Center, orients new nurses and offers help to experienced staff.

    She is available to help with problem solving, support physicians and address customer service needs for all individuals who utilize Methodist for their care needs.

    Jones has been with Methodist Medical Center and Covenant Health since 1997.

  • Jobless rate up slightly

    Figures released late last month show Roane County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in October.

    The statistics, released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, show Roane County’s jobless rate at 8 percent.

    That’s up from the 7.9 percent reported in September.

    It’s also higher than in October 2012, when Roane County had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

    The latest figures reflect that 24,700 in the county’s 26,840-strong workforce were employed during October.

  • Harriman Happenings Dec. 16

    Last Saturday Richard Hickey celebrated his 80th birthday with a surprise party given by his children Gary Hickey, Jill Johnson, Robin Channon and Mary Alice Douglass.

    The party started with two hours of bowling at Tri-City Lanes for guests who could bowl. Afterward, they gathered at St. Mary’s Baptist Church to continue the party. Richard’s grandson Rodney provided the music.

  • BABAHATCHIE COMMUNITY BAND Heading to the concert, but don’t know where to park?

    Today’s a big day for Harriman’s holiday celebration.

    After a postponement due to rainy weather, the city’s annual Christmas parade will begin at 7 p.m.

    And at 8 p.m., the Babahatchie Community Band will strike up for its Christmas concert in the Princess Theatre.

    Downtown’s usually crowded at parade time, but don’t let fear of finding a parking place keep you away from sounds of the season.

  • Nominees sought for Endangered Heritage listing

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance welcomes the general public to submit nominations of endangered historic places or structures to be included in the 2014 “East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage” list.

    Nominations are accepted from Roane, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties.

    The deadline for nominations is Jan. 10.

  • Roane artists unite

    This weekend, Roane County’s artists will be showcasing their talents.

    Not only are various pieces going to be shown in homes as part of the Cornstalk Heights Christmas Home Tour, but the Arts Council of Roane County also will have a free art show at the downtown Harriman building known as The Annex at 431 N. Roane St.

    The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

    It’s the group’s second show.

    “It was very successful last year,” said Lyn Meany, vice president of the arts council.

  • Harriman may stick to new cold medicine law

    Efforts like Harriman’s legislation to curb methamphetamine labs in local communities has been deemed unlawful by an opinion from Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter Robert E. Cooper Jr.

    Harriman passed an ordinance this fall making it illegal to sell pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products without a prescription.

    Other Tennessee communities have done the same.

    Cooper’s opinion won’t necessarily stop Harriman, however.

    City Attorney Harold Balcom said Cooper’s opinion is just that — an opinion.

  • Scammers target Medicare enrollees, but local resident smarter in end

    Medicare and Social Security scams continue to be a big problem targeting seniors and the elderly.

    Rockwood’s Mary Kau believes she was the target of a recent scam attempt.Someone called and asked her for information, saying she was going to be sent a new Medicare card.

    “In order to verify who I was, they wanted verification of my bank account,” Kau said. “They said, ‘Go get your checkbook.’ I said I don’t feel comfortable.”

    When she said she was going to call and check with Medicare, the caller hung up.

  • Watch out for possible hazards over holiday

    The holidays are a relaxed time for families and friends to spend time together, but before children are out of school for the holidays and tiny friends and relatives come to visit take some time to poison proof your home.

    One of the most important poison prevention tips is to make sure that alcoholic drinks and products are placed out of a child’s reach. This is especially important at parties and holiday gatherings when children can find cups containing leftover alcohol within their reach.