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Today's News

  • Austin facing DA opposition in fight for citizen rights

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is still planning to oppose Thomas Alva Austin’s petition to have his rights restored.

    Austin was a Roane County General Sessions Court judge before he went to prison for extortion.

    “As I have stated to you earlier, it is my intention to oppose the petition and I will be filing a formal response in the near future since it now appears that you intend to move forward with the request,” Johnson wrote Austin attorney Browder Williams.

  • AARP Tax-Aide born from happenstance chat

    By Patricia Bryant
    Tennessee AARP Tax-Aide

    Did you know that the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance program began with a chance discussion between two naval reservists more than 40 years ago?

    During a weekend drill, an Internal Revenue Service agent expressed concerns about older tax filers making mistakes on their returns to then-AARP Executive Director Bernie Nash. 

  • Bowers marks soulful link with Fisk Jubilee Singers

    Students at Harriman’s Bowers Elementary School got treated to 140 years of tradition last Wednesday.

    The Fisk Jubilee Singers gave a rousing performance inside the school gym.

    “We’re honored to have them,” first-grade teacher Christy Ruskey said.

    The singers are students at Fisk University in Nashville. They travel the country and the world performing.

    In 2009, they received a Grammy nomination for a collaboration with music artist Jonny Lang.  

  • EMS in $300,000 range for overtime

    Some Roane County commissioners want the ambulance department to look into reducing the amount of overtime its giving employees.

    From July 1 to Feb. 10, $316,171.66 was spent on overtime pay. There is still more than four months left in the fiscal year.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett has suggested the department “work intuitively on all scheduling to avoid excess overtime.”

  • Grant helps Harriman, Rockwood save money

    A green movement will help two Roane County communities save money on their utilities.

    Both Harriman and Rockwood have Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grant dollars allotted to help them renovate city buildings to make them more efficient.

    Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines said the city has $100,000.

    The project will be to change and replace all the lighting fixtures in the municipal complex. The work will replace about 300 fixtures with energy efficient fixtures, Hines said.

  • Run for Dunn 5K, walk scheduled for March 19

    Run for Dunn, a 5K run and 1-mile walk presented by the Michael Dunn Foundation, will be on March 19 on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    Check-in, prerace entertainment and registration begins at 8 a.m.; the run and walk start at 9.

    Preregistration is now under way at www.michaeldunnfoundation.org and www.michaeldunncenter.org.

    Entrance fees by March 13 are $25 per person 15 and older, $20 per Knoxville Track Club member and $15 per youth ages 14 and younger.

  • Confusion reigns in convening of county's urban growth board

    Harriman will have to wait a little longer before the committee to consider urban growth amendments reconvenes.

    A meeting set for Feb. 28 was cancelled. Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent a letter to each cities’ mayor, Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Roane County Soil Conservation District, Roane County Board of Education, Rockwood Electric Utility and Volunteer Energy Cooperative.

  • Calling it a career: Miles helped people feel better for almost 50 years

    Mary Miles walked through the front doors of Harriman City Hospital on Dec. 30, 1963, and hasn’t left since.
    Now, nearly 50 years later, Miles has decided to hang up her uniform and retire.
    Through those years, she has watched the hospital that evolved into Roane Medical Center grow from a small community hospital into a progressive medical center.
    “I’m a Harriman native, and I wanted to give back to my community, so I decided to get a job at the hospital,” Miles said. “I never imagined I would still be here today. The hospital has been my home away from home.”

  • Garden Center Antiques moves

    Sherry West waits to greet more customers at the new site for her Garden Center Antiques.

    The shop, now at 239 W. Rockwood St., Rockwood, was formerly on Hwy. 27.

  • Cleaning up

    Jose Parez picks up trash alongside Interstate 40 at the Midtown interchange last week.