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Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Carol still boasting about Riverview Grill salad

    By Bethel Poston

  • Harriman Sears now a Premier Dealer

    The Sears Hometown Store of Harriman has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer.

    This annual award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offer the quality customer service, outstanding store performance and standards and exceptional demonstrations of community involvement.

    Harriman Sears is among only 190 stores from more than 800 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition.

  • 4 companies involved in special Educators in Workplace series

    Area teachers will have an opportunity for the third year to receive a little schooling themselves this summer in the Educators in the Workplace Lunch and Learn program.

    The program of The Roane Alliance, Innovation Valley Inc. and other area Chambers of Commerce is open to educators from Roane, Blount, Knox and Loudon counties and Oak Ridge.

  • OR team to finish K-25 Site cleanup

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday awarded a $2.2 billion contract for the cleanup of the former K-25 Site to the URS/CH2M Hill team at Oak Ridge.

    The team succeeds Bechtel Jacobs, which has been involved since 1998 in the environmental cleanup of the former Manhattan Project site now known as East Tennessee Technology Park on Hwy. 58 in Roane County.

    URS/CH2M Hill will be responsible for the remaining environmental cleanup and support functions at ETTP, according to a DOE release.

  • Audit reveals utility system's financial snarls

    If new members of the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board weren’t fully aware of the daunting work ahead of them, a briefing on the most recent annual audit brought the full scope of the utilities’ problems into focus.

    Besides repayment of interdepartmental loans to the water and sewer departments from gas operations, other repeat problems were detailed during the briefing on the audit from June 30, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

  • New look in store for office

    Commissioners approved a resolution last month that will allow Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson to give the General Sessions Court Office a makeover.

    A new setup is badly needed, she said.

    “On high-traffic days, such as Mondays or Friday mornings for traffic court, the volume at the window at the front of the office is such that there is constant disruption of my staff,” Nelson said.

    “They have no opportunity to just sit there and quietly get their worked finished because the traffic is non-stop.”

  • Former EMS director retires

    Former ambulance director Gloria Wright is no longer employed with the county.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said her departure was treated as a combination of termination and retirement.

    Woody removed Wright as director of the ambulance department to a lower administrative position on April 25.

    Wright told Woody via email the next day that she planned to take early retirement.

  • Glow of Christmas lights gives city bit of buyer's remorse

    In the merry month of May, Kingston City Council members have another kind of merry on their minds — Christmas.

    At the council’s workshop Tuesday, officials will continue a discussion launched last month on the fate of Christmas lights the city places on utility poles along Kentucky and Race streets.

    It turns out that the lights, which are left on night and day during the Christmas season because there is no easy way to turn them on and off, have been costly.

  • Technology Nelson's aim in clerk's office

    Modernization has been one of Kim Nelson’s focal points during her first eight months as Roane County circuit court clerk.  

    “I embrace technology,” she said. “I’ve been all about making sure that we put things on the computer, that we’re using email, try to be as paperless as possible and not take up a bunch of storage space.”

    Nelson hopes to get more modern with the implementation of the Tennessee Court Information System.  

  • Paver bricks to be dedicated during Memorial Day

    A Memorial Day program, including the dedication of more than 40 veterans engraved paver bricks for the Rockwood 2000 Memory Lane project, is planned in downtown Rockwood.

    The program will begin at 2 p.m. May 30 at Homecoming Park. The paver bricks were sold late last year and early this year during a special offer to honor area veterans and military personnel.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts will give the welcome for the program, with the invocation by Rockwood First Christian Church Pastor Kara Foster.