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Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Balanced election system works

    The Electoral College has cast its votes for the 2016 presidential campaign, and we now have a legitimately elected president.

    Late in the election cycle there was talk about a “rigged” system. We heard a lot about the importance of accepting the results of the election.

    We were reminded, rightfully so, that to not accept the results of the election would be a dangerous threat to the foundation of our country.

  • GLIMPSES: Growing up with Kingston’s Santa

    By MARK BANKER

    Thirty-one years ago last week, a letter from Santa Claus arrived at our home in Albuquerque, N.M. Addressed to our 5-year-old daughter Tollie, its return address was “North Pole Village, 37763-0070.”

    Santa reminded Tollie that Christmas celebrates Jesus’ message of love and inquired what she had done to help “someone else have a good Christmas this year?”

  • Celebrating ORNL Credit Union’s new look
  • Grow Bio Plastics A-Sizzle

    State, local and federal agencies are partnering to bring innovative agricultural technology startups to the Sizzle TechStart business incubator at the Roane Industrial Park.

    Representatives of the agencies gathered at the Sizzle TechStart facility in the Industrial Park Thursday.

    Sizzle TechStart joins a group of statewide incubators and accelerators that are collaborating as part of the state-funded AgLaunch initiative to help launch 100 new startup companies related to forestry and agriculture by 2020.

  • Human resource classes offered

    Roane State Community College Workforce Development is offering Society for Human Resource Management course next year on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.
    The course provides training toward certification for both SHRM-Certified Professional and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.
    Those holding SHRM-CP are human resources professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services and perform operational HR functions.

  • Creswell a Postma Young Professional

    Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, received the Postma Young Professional Medal at the East Tennessee Economic Council’s annual year end celebration earlier this month.

    The award was created by ETEC to honor the accomplishments of young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in the region.

  • Road leveling for jobs gets thumbs up

    Execution of a contract that one official said is critical to completing a key industrial project should be able to go forward following the Dec. 12 Roane County Commission meeting.

    “We’ve been trying to get this contract done since July,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    The county received a Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development grant earlier this year for improvements at the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • HAMMING IT UP: Bowers kids read for pig kisses

    Bowers Elementary School Principal Brenda Arwood puckered up and planted a big kiss on a pig Friday.

    Arwood smooched the pig after students reached a certain amount of Accelerated Reader program points.

    “In just the second nine weeks, they read over 4,000 Accelerated Reader points. That is not counting the first nine weeks,” said Bowers Librarian Michelle Greene.

    Students at the Harriman school read 4,500 points worth of books, and it doesn’t look like that number will slow down any time soon.

  • Harriman’s rec league growing

    Harriman Parks and Recreation just kicked its basketball season into gear, and officials hope to make a big difference for the community’s older youth by bringing back a part of the program.

    The league now includes an age group for 14- to 17-year-olds to give an opportunity for those not participating in school athletics to still have access to good clean fun.

    “The reason I’m most excited about that age group is because they have the ability and capability to get in some mischief at that age,” said Recreation Director Allen Hickman.

  • DUMP TRUMP? Elector pledges support, despite the thousands of letters, emails received

    Roane County’s own Liz Holiway is one of 11 Tennesseans expected to cast electoral votes for President-elect Donald Trump during a ceremony today – Monday – at the state Capitol in Nashville.

    “I’m going to represent this area on the electoral college,” she said Friday. “That’s why it’s so exciting.”