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Today's News

  • ORUD raises $4,700-plus to benefit SAFE

    Oak Ridge Utility District raised $4,714.69 during its recent “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser that helps people pay their utility bills.

    The fundraiser offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts in February, and the money raised this year “is a significant increase over 2014,” said Nikki Bradley, ORUD’s customer development and marketing manager.

    All proceeds from the sales benefit Project SAFE, which helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

  • Griffin Makes More Happen for RMC

    Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston is the recipient of a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service with the Fort Sanders Foundation and Roane Medical Center.

    The check was presented at the Rotary Club of Harriman meeting on Thursday, March 5.

  • Using social media in marketing to be focus of workshop

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will offer a seminar about social media marketing March 24.

    Jen Dangelo, director of the center, will lead “Social Media Marketing – the Smart Way,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT in Johnson Hall 401. Dangelo will talk about different sites, tricks and tools to manage them, and how social media can complement a business’ existing web presence.

  • Fossil Plant gives $5,000 for DAV van

    Employees at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant answered the call for financial support from the Disabled American Veterans Post 86.

    The Post recently replaced its van that takes area veterans to doctor appointments at Veterans Medical Centers at Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    Kingston Plant Manager Doug Keeling presented a $5,000 check to John Maliskey, van rider coordinator, and van drivers J.D. Tedder, Donald Carter and Keith Goldston.

    Carter is also a scrubber board operator, and Goldson is a pipefitter at the plant.

  • ‘Start of a great wave’: 620 high-paying jobs

    A Toronto, Canada, company that leads the way in 3-D printing and advanced metals technology is moving its international headquarters — and eventually 620 jobs — to Roane County.

    “This is a good day. It’s a very good day,” said Gov. Bill Haslam as he made the announcement.

    CVMR is already in the process of moving into the building at 103 Palladium Way in the Horizon Center off Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Global headquarters moving to Roane with 620 high-paying jobs

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was at the Horizon Center Friday to announce the move of the global headquarters of CVMR, a high-tech manufacturing and research and development facility, bringing with it 620 high-paying jobs to the new Roane County facility.

    The first wave of jobs will be 200, many of them engineers and researchers, and then a high-end manufacturing facility there will eventually add more than 400 more jobs.

  • Kingston library director hired

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Kingston’s Public Library is starting a new chapter.

    A South Carolina man is taking the library director’s job, ending a months-long spell with no one at the helm.

    Steve Parrott, formerly over collection development of the Kershaw County Library System near Columbia, S.C., accepted the job after the board made him an offer last week.

    He replaces longtime former director Steve Jacks, who was quietly let go by the library board last fall.

  • Local police part of probe in major pain clinic conspiracy

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Both the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman investigators were part of an FBI task force that contributed to the arrest of a Knoxville woman accused of conspiring with other pain clinic operators and others to distribute oxycodone.

    According to a news release from U.S. Attorney William C. Killian of Eastern District of Tennessee, a federal grand jury in Knoxville returned indictments on multiple individuals, including Sylvia Hofstetter, 51, of Knoxville.

  • Groups ask state to deny permit renewals for Justice coal mines

    A coalition of Tennessee citizens groups is urging the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation not to reauthorize Clean Water Act permits that a rogue coal mine operator let expire for 10 coal facilities.

  • Remembering Nelle Alkire Ward, Part 2

    As promised, I now return to my recollections of Mrs. Harvey Ward, nee Nelle Alkire.

    In Part One, I wrote of her early history, her becoming a nurse, her meeting and marrying Mr. Ward, and her many interests, pursuits and hobbies.

    In this Part Two, I continue with her story: She also did pottery, painting, sketching, woodworking, and metal working. The mention of her pottery brings to mind an interesting anecdote, reflecting on both Mrs. Ward, and Mr. Ward.