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  • Oak Ridge National Lab develops fuel-creating yeast

    Biofuels pioneer Mascoma LLC and the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter.

    The approach could provide a pathway to eventual expansion of biofuels production beyond the current output limited to ethanol derived from corn.

  • TVA ash spill cleanup one for the history books



    Perhaps it was a sign of a job well done, or at least done well enough, that only about 20 residents showed up at what was scheduled as the last public hearing on the TVA fly ash spill.

    In fact, the meeting was attended by slightly more public officials ― about 25 from TVA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    Craig Zeller of the EPA, who has spent years overseeing the cleanup, gave the closeout presentation.

  • Tax hike gains favor, but not everyone’s a fan



    Both proponents and opponents of Roane County’s proposed tax increase spoke up loud and clear at a public hearing last week.

    Roane County is looking at a 30-cent tax increase for county residents and 29-cent increase for those who live in the city.

    Twenty cents of that would go to the general purpose school fund, and 2 cents to the education capital fund.

  • Pelfrey-Milsaps checking out of ‘Barbara’s library’



    Harriman Public Library will always be “Barbara’s library.”

    That is what library director Tammie Edwards said Thursday when she gave Barbara Pelfrey-Milsaps a plaque for her years of service.

    Pelfrey-Milsaps, longtime director of the Harriman library, retired at the end of last year. It’s been a long ride — she had been a member of the library since 1975, when she was 16 years old.

  • Heydel never forgot roots in Rockwood



    June Heydel, a former Rockwood resident who went on to help her husband, Bill Heydel, start Aflac insurance, died on June 3 after battling cancer.

    The pair had been together for 67 years after meeting and becoming sweethearts at Rockwood High School.

    “They were the loveliest couple you’d ever meet,” said Kenneth Heydel, Bill’s brother.

    “What Bill did June did,” he said. “In his career and whatever he did, she was part of it.”

  • Hook up with right employer at job fair

    Nine more companies have committed to participating in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s job fair on June


    The event, aimed at recruiting employees for area businesses and industries, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Roane State Exposition Center.

    The center is at 276 Patton Lane, on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “We are here to provide a service to our community – job seekers and employers,” said Allen Lutz, education

  • More Tennesseans employed in April

    More Tennesseans had jobs in April, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County was among the state’s 94 counties that saw improvements over the month.

    The county’s unemployment rate for April was down by 0.6 percent, reflecting a jobless rate of 6.1 overall.

    That means 21,900 workers in the county’s 22,320 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Fish With a Ranger on the Obed Saturday

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will host Fish with a Ranger Day on June 6.

    This is Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day, and no license will be required for participation in this program.

    Fishing is a popular outdoor sport across the nation, and it is a great way for families to spend quality time together.

    Free Fishing Day is always the Saturday of the first full week in June. Anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age can fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters on June 6.