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Today's News

  • DOE testing sirens Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested today, Feb. 2, in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Ryan E. Jones

    U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan E. Jones recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2008 graduate of Oliver Springs High School, he is the son of Ronald E. Jones Jr. of Harriman. His grandmother is Bernice Goodman of Devonia.

    During the nine weeks of training, Jones studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 2

    25 Years Ago
    Bill and Mary Lindsey of South Harriman were on vacation in Florida when they witnessed the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. They were on their way to Epcot Center and saw the shuttle go up, cross back over, and explode. It was a shock they said they didn’t expect to forget for a long time.

    10 Years Ago

  • Hurley plans Feb. 5 open house

    New state Rep. Julia C. Hurley, right, has been listening to constituents such as Lynn Farnham since she was elected to the post in November.

    Hurley welcomes the public to her first open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in her new legislative district office in Harriman’s Temperance Building. Light refreshments will be served.

    The public is welcome to stop by and express any concerns and ask questions before the Tennessee General Assembly convenes on Feb. 7.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Jeffrey L. Adams

    U.S. Air Force Airman Jeffrey L. Adams recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Heather Raines of Harriman and Mike Adams of Knoxville, he graduated in 2010 from Bearden High School, Knoxville.

    Adams completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Gaze at the stars Saturday

    One advantage to winter’s longer nights is stargazing, and Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory is the perfect place to do it.

    The facility’s next public stargaze is Feb. 5. The gate at the Roane County facility opens at 7 p.m.; the stargaze starts at 7:30.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Randy D. Rollins

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy D. Rollins was recently presented with the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award for being named the U.S. Air Force in Europe Marquez Award recipient.

    The award is presented to maintenance, communications-electronics maintainers who have demonstrated the highest degree of sustained job performance, efficiency, knowledge and results, and have had direct involvement in sortie (aircraft flight mission) generation.

    Son of Pleas and Diana Rollins of Rockwood, the technical sergeant is a 1999 graduate of Rockwood High School.

  • Price of progress: County sewer rate increase

    Progress comes at a premium.

    Roane County sewer customers will soon find that out as the county moves forward with securing a loan to pay for expansion.  

    “I think we’re finally seeing Roane County move in the right direction,” Utility Director Gene McClure said. “We’re getting the infrastructure to get some commercial and industrial business in here.”

    The county plans to do the improvements in phases.

  • Price of progress: County sewer rate increase

    Progress comes at a premium.

    Roane County sewer customers will soon find that out as the county moves forward with securing a loan to pay for expansion.  

    “I think we’re finally seeing Roane County move in the right direction,” Utility Director Gene McClure said. “We’re getting the infrastructure to get some commercial and industrial business in here.”

    The county plans to do the improvements in phases.

  • Rockwood residents still fired up over utility operation

    Customers fired questions about the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Utility to Rockwood City Council, the utility’s sitting board, during its meeting last week.

    Many focused their questions to Councilman Harold Ishman, who sat on the board that was recently eliminated.

    One resident asked how the utility got into the situation it did — illegally borrowing gas funds to support the water department.