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Today's News

  • Diverse personalities oversee county’s spending, savings

    Roane County’s new budget committee will meet for the first time today — Sept. 20 — at 3 p.m. in the county executive’s conference room at the courthouse.

    “I’m looking forward to working with those guys,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “We won’t always agree, but that’s what causes debate.”

    The commission unanimously approved new County Executive Ron Woody’s budget committee recommendations last week.

  • UT work blessing to OS agency, area residents

    Know your spots.

    That is what Georgette Samaras, education coordinator for the Cancer Institute at University of Tennessee Medical Center, said during a recent free skin screening at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    The demand for that screening was so high the authority is scheduling appointments for a second clinic on Oct. 5.

    Samaras talked with visitors about any suspicious marks on their bodies and took pictures to be looked at by Dr. James Lewis, the program coordinator, and a surgical oncologist specializing in melanoma.

  • Well wishes for health department's Baker
  • Free resource fair aimed at DOE workers, retirees in area

    The nonprofit Cold War Patriots organization is planning a Sept. 23 resource fair for nuclear weapons workers and retirees in the East Tennessee area.

    The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    It is for generations of men and women who
    have worked or are currently employed with Y-12, K-25 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory complexes.

  • Industrial board almost official in Harriman

    The Harriman Industrial Board is one more step to being official.

    The Harriman City Council approved a resolution authorizing the establishment of the board during its Sept. 7 meeting.

    Attorney Sandy McPherson, who represents Roane County’s Industrial Board, helped prepare documents the future board members needed to present to begin making the board official.

    Also approved was a certificate of incorporation.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Andrew S. Pusateri, safety belt Sept. 3, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 1, abated by death.

    Charles Thornton, probation violation Nov. 9, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 22, cost to state.

    Jeff T. McFalls, probation violation Feb. 17. Guilty plea Feb. 22, convicted.

    Katina R. Patrick, seat belt law April 15, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 23, cost to state.

  • Yager cited for pro-business stance

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been recognized as one of the eight best pro-business legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly by a key business magazine published by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.

    The publication, “Business TN,” congratulated the Harriman Republican for a “100 percent business-positive, pro-jobs voting record.”  

    “Business TN” annually selects the best state lawmakers based on their efforts in keeping “taxes
    low and regulation minimal.”

  • County looking into disaster plan for potential big-cat sanctuary escapes

    Imagine if a major disaster hit East Roane County and caused some of the animals at Tiger Haven to get loose.

    County officials are putting together a plan on how to deal with such a scenario.  

    “We’re going to identify what potential could happen and how to secure the area and make the public safe,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Tiger Haven is a big-cat sanctuary on Harvey Road. According to its website, the facility houses more than 280 of the animals. Most are tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • Kingston’s Turpin a World Class Technician

    Lewis J. Turpin of Kingston is among only 17 professional automotive technicians across the United States this year to achieve a coveted milestone from two industry leaders.

    Turpin tested and obtained National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification in 22 specialty areas to qualify for the World Class Technician Award.

    The prestigious honor
    is given annually by ASE and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

  • EMA staff no longer taking home vehicles

    You can drive up Cumberland Street in Kingston at night and see some of the changes that have taken place with Roane County’s emergency management department.

    A row of emergency management vehicles sits parked near the courthouse.   

    “Some of them have been pulled in,” new County Executive Ron Woody said.