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Today's News

  • Smooth transition for new DOE contractor

    URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC took over the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation for the U.S. Department of Energy last Monday after a safe, three-month transition.

    The company, known as UCOR. is headquartered in Roane County at East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly K-25 Site), where most of the cleanup efforts will be centered.

  • New hospitalist now on staff at Roane Medical

    Roane Medical Center, Harriman, welcomes Dr. Diane Petrilla as the newest physician to the hospital’s evolving hospitalist program.

    “Dr. Petrilla’s experience and expertise in inpatient care will help support our efforts in effectively administering quality, personalized care for each patient during their stay with us,” said Jim Gann, Roane Medical Center president and chief administrative officer.

    As a hospitalist, Petrilla specializes in inpatient care and is trained in family practice.

  • New look for Harriman Care and Rehab

     Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center recently completed a renovation designed to improve the experience of its residents.

    The building, at 240 Hannah Road, now has a new trach unit, a rehabilitation gym and private suites.

    The work included new floors, refaced cabinets, a remodeled dining room and a fresh coat of
    paint.

    Outside, the property has new landscaping and a three-hole golf putting green in the courtyard area as part of “Rehab Resort.”

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    MAY 20 CASES DISPOSED

    Amanda E. Ford, financial responsibility law. Guilty.

     Jamie Rosalee Smith, registration certificate must be carried, second-offense child restraint children ages 9-15 and seat belt 18 and older, Dismissed. Financial responsibility law. Guilty.

    Jeremy C. Hester, financial responsibility and seat belt 18 and older, Dismissed. Speeding.

  • Cost of greenway up over $2.5 million

    By Mike Gibson

    It seems that neither cost overruns nor bad bidding nor special requests from businesses will keep a series of Kingston improvement projects from moving forward.

    A Thursday work session saw Kingston City Council members place on the agenda for Tuesday’s full council meeting three items concerning three big projects — the Ladd Greenway, the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, and the sewer extension on Gallaher Road.

  • Back to school

    Mary “Cricket” Lewis picks up her No. 94 bus at Roane County Schools’ bus garage Friday afternoon in anticipation of today’s first day of school for the 2011-12 year.

    If things kicked off according to schedule, Lewis began her route at about 6:55 a.m. near the Harriman Police Department on Russell Street.

    Motorists are reminded to exercise caution around school areas and in school parking lots as excited children enter and depart from the premises.

  • Alleged mom killer’s trial put on hold

    From staff reports

    A murder trial scheduled to take place this week in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    Milford Barnett is accused of killing his mother, Pearl Barnett, in April 2007.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the public defender got permission to be out of court this week because his wife was sick.   

    The trial may get reset for later this month.  

    “It’s possibly going to be moved to Aug. 23,” Johnson said.

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  • Rockwood students heading to class in new digs

    The old band room at Rockwood High School was damp in more ways than one.

    Not only did the roof leak, but band members said the space could dampen their spirits.

    “If you would sit the wrong way on your chair, you’d flip off backwards and keep going because you couldn’t stop,” senior Kaleigh Snipes said.

    Fortunately for current and future members, the old band room is a thing of the past.

  • Richard Petty to be in Oak Ridge

    NASCAR legend Richard Petty will be at Food City in Oak Ridge on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 3-5 p.m..

  • Brown named TTU golf coach

    For most of his life, Polk Brown's life has centered around golf.