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Today's News

  • Roane County welcomes Miss Tennessee
  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 6-4 to extend Director of Schools Toni McGriff's contract for one-year.

    "I moved to the place where I did want to stay another year,” McGriff said following Tuesday night's special-called meeting. “I hoped that I had done a good enough job that the board would want me to return.”

    McGriff's contract was set to expire on June 30. The one-year extension will keep McGriff in charge of the school system until June 30, 2012.

  • Tough third quarter leads to Harriman's exit, 86-64

    In real life 3:43 doesn’t seem like that long a period of time.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 16.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 16.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March.

  • 'Last Reunion' scribe to speak to OR group

    Jay Searcy, author of  “The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 Comes Home to the Secret City,” will speak during the upcoming Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association monthly meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 10 in Midtown Community Center, also known as Wildcat Den, at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Searcy has been touring East Tennessee to promote his new book. In hihs travels, he shares stories about his time in Oak Ridge and his knowledge of the area.  

  • Ten Mile man charged with sexual battery

    A man’s alleged sexual contact with a 13-year-old has gotten him indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury.

    Tommy Stansberry Smith of 7521 State Highway 304, Ten Mile, is charged with one count of sexual battery.

    Smith, 64, was indicted by the grand jury on Feb. 22. The charge is a Class E felony.

    The indictment said Smith unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously engaged in sexual contact with the victim at a time when he knew or had reason to know the victim did not consent.

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  • New VP for RMC parent company Covenant Health

    Larry Kleinman has been named Covenant Health’s executive vice president for human resources.
    Covenant is the parent company of Harriman’s Roane Medical Center.
    Kleinman succeeds the retiring Sam Buscetta.
    He most recently served as senior vice president for global talent management and customer innovation at Kenexa, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in human resources technology and products.
    Kleinman’s experience in health-care leadership includes serving as chief human resources officer for Providence Health and Services in Seattle.

  • Brewer, Kerley awarded certification

    Two finance officers from Roane County municipalities were among more than 90 to be awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers certificate recently in Nashville.
    Kingston’s Carolyn Brewer and Harriman’s Charles Kerley were in the class that included 97 individuals representing 86 cities and one utility district.
    They completed a two-year program that consisted of 11 courses and exams covering eight different topics.
    Brewer and Kerley were awarded their CMFO certification by Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury.

  • Who will pick Rockwood's utilities head?

    Rockwood City Council laid the groundwork last week toward bringing a newly appointed Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas Board and general manager closer to reality.

    The council is set to meet at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in a workshop session to look at applications to fill the general manager position.

    The meeting comes on the heels of council’s initial approval of an ordinance to re-establish the board. The ordinance must meet council approval on second reading before it is enacted.

  • Austin critic in favor of restoring rights

    Former judge Thomas Austin declined to discuss why he feels he’s entitled to his citizenship rights back.  

    “I don’t have any comment about that because my lawyer is handling it for me,” Austin said Friday.

    “He told me not to comment to anybody, so I’m going to listen to my lawyer,” he added. “That’s what I’m paying him for.”

    Austin’s attorney is Browder Williams. He said Austin is seeking to have his rights restored because the law allows him to.