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Today's News

  • State antes up funds for Roane State security

    The Tennessee Building Commission last week approved $306,000 for Roane State Community College to extend security upgrades to its campuses, including the main campus in Roane County.

    “In this day and age, unfortunately, there are increasing numbers of incidents and threats to educational institutions,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said.

    “We want to take every step we possibly can to increase security for Roane State students, faculty and staff and for community members,” he added.

  • Keeping kids safe: Price tag high to protect priceless resource

    Beefing up security at schools in Roane County won’t be cheap.

    A committee tasked with making a recommendation on how to make schools safer estimates the cost at $1.8 million. The figure includes the price of hiring 12 school resource officers and upgrading camera systems at some schools.

    “I’m committed to trying to make our schools more secure,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said during the committee’s meeting last week.

  • No true bill on Kirkham

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office looked into some issues that involved former Roane County property assessor Teresa Kirkham and current Property Assessor David Morgan.

    Neither resulted in criminal charges. An addendum posted on the District Attorney General’s website said the Roane County grand jury chose to take no action on the matters when it met last week.

    Kirkham’s involved the reduced appraisal on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.

  • Rockwood to open bids for new fire truck

    Rockwood Fire Department may be adding a new fire pumper to its aging fleet.

    Rockwood City Council will open bids for a new vehicle at 5:30 p.m. today, Feb. 25, before the regularly scheduled meeting.

    The last fire department vehicle was purchased in 2000.

    “We are getting to the point our reserve fleet — they are all over 30 years old,” said assistant fire chief Matt Crabtree at a meeting last month.

    Crabtree said they spent several thousand dollars in maintenance on just one vehicle in 2012.

  • Rockwood may change rules for administrator

    The minimum qualifications for a city administrator in Rockwood includes a college degree and training in municipal management, public administration, business administration, planning or comparable experience.

    A candidate is also required to move to the city within 90 days.

    Mayor James Watts is proposing changes to both those categories. Rockwood Finance Committee put off the ordinance until next month.

  • The Year of Volkswagen: Roane Alliance calls center top '12 project

    To The Roane Alliance — and to many across Roane County — 2012 will be remembered as the year of the Volkswagen Distribution Center project, The Alliance’s newly released annual report said.

    “The VW project was certainly the biggest project we have landed for our community in recent memory and will no doubt have a significant impact on Roane County for years to come,” The Roane Alliance President/CEO Leslie Henderson said in an introductory letter in the report.

  • Cantor may be summit speaker

    The Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit will return to its Oak Ridge origins the last week of May, with dates dependent on the schedules of anticipated speakers, including U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

    Cantor is among the senior decision-makers representing academia, government and industry from Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina who will convene in the New Hope Center at Oak Ridge’s Y-12 National Security Complex for the two-day meeting, said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, summit host.

  • Ferri retiring; Bradford now up at UCOR

    Mark Ferri, who has led the safe, successful deactivation and demolition work at K-25 since URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC arrived in Oak Ridge in August 2011, is retiring at the end of February.

    Ferri has accepted a CH2M Hill corporate opportunity in the United Kingdom.

    He was part of the original handpicked leadership team by the company, also known as UCOR.
    Leo Sain, UCOR president and property manager, said the company will use this opportunity to streamline its organization and gain efficiencies.

  • February 25 Harriman Happenings

    On Feb. 9-10, Carolyn Clemmons along with her son Mel and wife Stephanie spent the weekend in Gatlinburg.

    Carolyn’s grandson, Mel Lee Clemmons, was nominated to East Tennessee All State Band. He attends West High School in Knoxville and is a sophomore. He plays the trombone.

    The concert was great, and there were about 100 students in the band. Others who attended were Mel Lee’s mother Yana and Sean Powell, sisters Kayla and Seine and grandmother Shanda.

    We are very proud of Mel Lee’s accomplishments. Chase and Caden came to see their big brother play, too.

  • Region tourney invades Harriman

    A total of eight area basketball teams will be in Harriman this week as Richard Pickell Gymnasium will be the site of the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals and finals.

    The tournament actually tipped off over the weekend with first round games being satellite sites with the highest seeded team hosting games.