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Today's News

  • Harriman OKs motel tax boost for Expo Center

    Harriman hotel owners know who helps pay their bills.

    That’s why they’re supporting steps to help the Roane State Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center.

    Roane State Community College President Gary Goff has asked area governments to increase their hotel/motel taxes, with the difference going to support the Expo. Despite cuts, he said the operation is still expecting a shortfall between $75,000-$100,000.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Dec. 26 on U.S. Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road in Roane County.
    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States.
    Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. They will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • RSCC softball team up to bat for reading
  • Son threatens to burn dad's home

    A man sought help from authorities on Dec. 15 after his son reportedly poured gas on the house and threatened to burn it down.  

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on 1678 Old Harriman Hwy.

    Dispatch told the Blair Volunteer Fire Department to be on standby “in case it goes bad.” The fire department was later told they could stand down.

    Michael Allen Brown, 34, was arrested and charged with domestic assault, criminal attempt and vandalism.

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  • AT&T builds up 3G base

    AT&T has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to expand the wireless capacity and performance of its 3G mobile broadband network throughout the Roane County area.

    As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T has activated 18 existing cell sites with 3G cell technology in Roane County.

  • Snow days hamper exams, affect lunch foods

    Students who missed mid-year tests last week because of the inclement weather and school closings have more time to study — or to forget what they’ve been taught.

    “It will be after we come back in January,” Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff confirmed about the test schedules.

    “It will not be the first day back,” she added. “They can have all of Christmas (vacation) to study.”

    McGriff said the exact days exams will be made up is not decided.

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  • Harriman wants to open dialogue on urban growth

    Roane County and its communities may soon meet for the first time in years to discuss their urban growth boundaries.

    Harriman Councilman Lonnie Wright made the motion to have Mayor Chris Mason request a meeting of the coordinating committee.

    The committee is a group of selected representatives from each community and the county who work together to reach agreement on changes to the urban growth boundary map.  

  • Harriman hospital going tobacco free in '11

    Roane Medical Center in Harriman will implement a tobacco-free initiative in 2011.

    As a member of Covenant Health, it is among the Knoxville area hospitals that will have a tobacco-free campus as of Jan. 1.

    The unified effort among the five major health systems in the Knoxville area is intended to provide an optimal healing environment for patients, visitors and staff at the hospitals, and to encourage healthier lifestyles for the entire community.

  • Dyllis area families get holiday food help from TVA

    Some needy students should have plenty to eat over the Christmas break, thanks to the efforts of TVA employees.

    Cynthia McCowan, a program administrator for the agency, said the workers were instrumental in helping meet a request for 22 food baskets from Dyllis Elementary School.

    The plastic containers were filled with food and delivered to the school last week.