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Today's News

  • Harriman library key part of annual tour

    Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden Ave. has traditionally been a centerpiece of Harriman’s Tour of Homes during the holiday season.

    The historic Carnegie library will again be a stop on the tour, sponsored by Cornstalk Heights Community Organization.

    This year’s tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

    The historic structure, built from funds by philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, will have an open house and gift shop.

  • Roane population growth slow over past decade

    Roane County touts its lakefront living, but the county is  well behind many of its neighbors in population growth.

    Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the county’s population increased 3.1 percent from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009.

    “That’s almost zero growth,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.  

    That hasn’t been the case with some neighboring counties. Loudon, Monroe, Cumberland and Knox counties are booming in terms of population, according to the Census data.

  • Pop creates snap, crackle, fire chief says

    Thanks to quick-thinking residents, a fire was contained at a Harriman home on Monday.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire at 147 Pine Ridge Road, which was called in at 7:18 p.m.,  was contained to a bedroom with some smoke and heat damage in some other rooms.

    “He (resident Darrell Goddard) said he heard a real loud pop, and when he got out of the shower the smoke was in the bathroom,” Goss said.

    When residents located the fire, they quickly got out of the home, Goss said.

  • EnergySolutions seeks to process German radioactive waste

    EnergySolutions has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to incinerate radioactive waste from Germany at its Bear Creek facility in Roane County.

    Mark Walker, vice president of marketing and media relations for EnergySolutions, said Bear Creek has received waste from a foreign country before.

    “Canada, for example,” he said. “They’ve sent us material and we’ve processed it at the Bear Creek facility and then shipped it back to them.”

  • Bobcats split with Tigers

    A pair of District 4-A cat fights took place when Oliver Springs invaded Sunbright Friday night. When the final horn had sounded, the two schools settled on a split in their hardwood encounters. 

  • Blue Devils battle Bulldogs

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils had more boards than Lumber Liquidators Friday night, tallying 54 rebounds in a 63-60 nail-biter over the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs.

  • Rockwood splits with Oakdale

    The Rockwood Tigers played their first home games of the season Friday night and the results were mixed as the Lady Tigers and Tigers split their two games with visiting Oakdale.

  • Regents OK $9 million to expand Roane State campus in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will be expanding, thanks to $9 million in matching funds from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

    This is combined with the $2.5 million the college raised, thanks to Anderson County and Oak Ridge.

    “The Anderson County Commission pledged $500,000, and the city of Oak Ridge pledged $500,000,” said college spokesman Owen Driskill.

    “We are incredibly grateful to all those who donated to this project,” said Roane State President Gary Goff.

  • Warm hearts ready Coats for the Cold
  • Body at marina identified

    Authorities have identified the man found dead on a dock at Caney Creek Marina Thursday.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he was John Patrick Byerley.

    Stockton said Byerley had a Maryville address, but he was staying on a boat at the marina.

    His body was sent for an autopsy. The sheriff said the death didn’t appear to be the result of foul play.

    “We’ll know more when the autopsy comes back,” Stockton said.