Today's News

  • New principal hired for OSHS

    Justin Nivens has been hired as the new principal at Oliver Springs High School.

    “He’s an Oliver Springs alumnus,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “His mom and dad both taught in that community for years.”

    Nivens was at Clinton High School in Anderson County this past school year.

    “He’s coming home,” Aytes said.

    Aytes said Nivens was a teacher at Clinton, where he also had some part-time administrative duties.

  • Class ranking policy issue remains unresolved after meeting

    A revision to the Roane County Schools class ranking policy will undergo further review. The Board of Education voted on Tuesday to send it back to committee.

    The revised policy was on the agenda for second reading Tuesday, but board members raised concerns.

    “I think we ought to get the two or three things worked out,” Board Member Rob Jago said.

  • Much of reappraisal done, concerns on Morgan remain

    Jason Mumpower, chief of staff for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, has issued an update on Roane County’s 2015 reappraisal.

    The comptroller’s Division of Property Assessments took over the program earlier this year.

    “The division is working toward the completion of its three-phase reappraisal plan,” he said in a memo sent to officials on Wednesday. “The division believes many of the major valuation concerns and system issues have been addressed and resolved.”

  • College offers financial help for adults

    Valerie Price wanted to go back to school years ago but thought it was out of her reach.

    The nursing student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology of Harriman had financial obstacles that initially made college seem impossible.

    “That is what held me back so long, because I had two children, and I didn’t realize all the resources out there for me when I was younger to come back to school,” Price said.

    Now more opportunities are available for adults to go back to college.

  • Harriman proposing employee raises, paving

    Harriman officials’ early budget talks don’t include a tax increase at this point, but discussions have included a garbage pickup increase of $2.50.

    If approved, that will raise monthly residential garbage pickup rates to $12.50.

    “It would make that sanitation fund self supporting,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Currently, the city subsidizes garbage pickup costs out of its general fund.

  • CASA of the 9th hires new director

    CASA of the 9th District, an organization that helps abused and neglected children in Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties find safe homes, has hired a new director.

    Lindsey Brown, who has extensive child welfare experience as a lawyer in Tennessee and Florida, will be taking over as a director effective July 1. The board voted to make her director at its meeting Wednesday.

  • Museum Wednesdays are Wonderful

    The Knoxville Opera will bring entertaining and popular selections from 20th century Broadway musicals and opera classics to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge from 11 a.m. to noon June 17.

    The program is part of Wonderful Wednesdays, a program in which guests will be invited to Imagination Station Summer Camp through July 31.

    Summer campers at the museum each week will participate, and the programs are free to the public with admission.

    Other upcoming Wonderful Wednesdays are:

  • $2.47 to be average gas price through ’15

    Motorists across the country saw increases at the pump last week, but that trend is not likely to continue, AAA reported on Monday.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration updated its forecast, expecting monthly average gas prices to decline through the end of the year, reaching as low as $2.27 in December.

    According to the report, the average price of gasoline from June 1-Aug. 31 should be $2.60 — the lowest since 2009.

  • Southwest Point DAR genealogy workshop a success

    Twenty people attended Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR’s genealogy workshop on May 30.

    Ann Blomquist from the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville was the keynote speaker.

    She began with the basics of genealogy and concluded with the genealogical software available today.

    Blomquist discussed free websites and demonstrated how the sites can be used.

    Blomquist teaches basic and intermediate genealogy at the East Tennessee History Center.

  • Going Medieval for the Boys and Girls Club

    Barrie Paulson, left, and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, right, present a $250 donation to Reggie Coleman, director of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club at Harriman Middle School.

    The money was raised at last month’s Tennessee Medieval Faire.