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Today's News

  • Perry pledges support for Oak Ridge research projects

    Department of Energy Secretary Richard Perry promised to do everything in his power to protect the Department of Energy funding during upcoming budget battles.

    Perry and Sen. Lamar Alexander toured the Oak Ridge National Lab Monday, including the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility where he viewed examples of 3D printing and other DOE technology.

    Looking around the facility at examples of additive manufacturing including parts of an excavator, a military jeep and a small submarine, Perry said he supports the research now underway.

  • New school likely a hard sell

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he doubts eight members of the Roane County Commission will vote to fund the Board of Education’s school plan, which calls for consolidating Harriman High, Roane County High and Rockwood High.

    “It’s consolidation,” Woody said. “It’s a big decision. Once you throw the tax increase potential on it, it makes it even tougher.”

  • Crash claims Harriman woman’s life

    A Harriman woman was killed in a car accident on Sugar Grove Valley Road Tuesday afternoon.

    The crash happened near Sugar Grove Baptist Church around 4:15 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Debra Alexander was traveling west when she lost control of her 1996 BMW. She crossed the center line and struck a 2012 Hyundai driven by Nicole C. Bashant. The BMW then left the road and struck a utility pole.

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  • County clerk among those hurt in wreck

    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony was among four people taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in a four-vehicle crash in Midtown on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to 911 records, Anthony hurt her head, was suffering from chest pain and had trouble breathing. She was taken by ambulance to Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    Anthony’s passenger, Bobbie Tipton, 67, was taken by ambulance to University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

  • Saturday winds take out trees, leave over 7,000 without power

    It was brief, but high winds that breezed through Saturday evening did quite a bit of damage, knocking down trees and leaving many areas without power.

    Roane County Central Dispatch had 60 calls related to the high winds, most of which were on their non-emergency number and concerned trees across roadways.

    “No one was injured due the storm. No injuries were reported to us that I was made aware of,” said Chuck Hiatt, Operations Chief of Office of Emergency Services.

  • Mega high school sure to shoot up Harriman tax rate

    Harriman residents could lose their high school and pay a higher property tax rate than others to fund a new one.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the reason can be traced back to when Harriman had its own school system. The county borrowed money for school projects, and didn’t tax the residents of Harriman.

    “When the county borrowed the money, they did not give Harriman any of the proceeds, so Harriman has never paid for this debt,” Woody said.

    The debt is in Fund 152, which the county calls Rural Debt Service.

  • After 56 years, Wampler a Harriman High grad

    Donnie Joe Wampler now has his diploma from Harriman High School.

    He gave up the chance to get one with the rest of his classmates when he was a teenager. But because he left school to go join the military, the Roane County Board of Education awarded him with an honorary diploma at Thursday’s meeting.

    “You don’t know how proud I am today,” he told the meeting crowd, which gave him a standing ovation.

    “I’m proud of my country. I served it loyally for 27 years.”

  • Man, youth accused of vandalizing Harriman band concession stand

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man and juvenile were charged with felony vandalism, burglary and other charges related to damage they did to a number of properties, including the Harriman High School football concession stand at Wallace-Black Field.

    In a release, the Harriman Police Department said K-9 Officer Brian Turner and Sgt. James Wadsworth responded to a vandalism complaint at 715 Siluria St. in Harriman at 6:41 a.m. May 20.

  • From the COUNTY: Much to ponder with school plan

    By Ron Woody

    With all the Facebook chatter and newspaper articles, I thought it would be beneficial to reduce to writing some points and issues that have been or will be considered as we progress forward in our understanding and implementing a plan of education for the future.

    In fall 2015, the first discussions began in regard to the future of education in Roane County. Some of the first community meetings took place in summer 2016 and continued through winter 2016.