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Today's News

  • Siteworx suit against county dismissed

    Siteworx LLC’s lawsuit against Roane County has been dismissed.

    “It can be appealed, but it’s over for right now,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said.

    The lawsuit was filed in Roane County Chancery Court on April 24, 2008. McFarland said it was dismissed for failure to prosecute.

    In addition to the county, Henson Construction Services Inc., Clay Williams & Associates Inc. and Western Surety Co. were also defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Kingston attends to matters of play

    Kingston City Council members attended to matters of play at their March 13 council session.

    The play came in the form of reports on various park projects. Council learned that preliminary plans for a revamped Gertrude Porter Park — the recreational facility recently deeded to the city by Roane County Commission — are now on file at City Hall. City Manager David Bolling said the effort to apply for a state Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant to pay for planned revisions is going “pretty well.” The grant application has to be submitted in April.

  • Harriman officials cast eye toward city’s future during visioning process

    Harriman residents get to let their voices be heard in what they want for the city by 2035.

    Harriman City Council began its longterm visioning process Tuesday, and the intent is to invite the members of the community to a four-hour work session one Saturday in the future to share their feedback on what they’d like to see the city like in the future.

  • $12.8 million in refunds awaiting 16,300 Tennesseans

    Refunds of more than $12.8 million may be waiting for about 16,300 Tennesseans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service announced this week.

    However, to collect the money, a return for 2010 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 15.

    Nationwide, almost $760 million may be waiting for an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a tax return for 2010.

    The law requires that the return be properly addressed, mailed and postmarked by April 15.

  • Take a moment to appreciate farmers

    USDA Tennessee Farm Service Agency encourages the public to take time to appreciate the state’s farmers and ranchers on National Ag Day, March 25.

    This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

    “USDA is proud to stand behind the producers who rise before dawn 365 days a year in order to put food on the table for 7 billion people,” said Tennessee FSA Director Gene Davidson.

  • Arrests: Jan. 2-9, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 2 — Wesley Lee Williams, 51, 402 Tedder St., Rockwood: court/hold only. No bond or court date listed.

    Jan. 3 — Karen Annette Bridges, 48, 383 Allison Drive, Harriman: domestic assault, resisting arrest. Total bond $2,000; court date Feb. 10.

    • Lisa Marie Bunch, 47, 211 Boulder Road, Wartburg: DUI. Bond $1,500; court date Feb. 13.

  • Holocaust refugee to speak at Rockwood 1st Christian

    Rockwood First Christian Church will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on April 27 with a guest speaker who survived the devastation of its tragedy.

    Henry A. Fribourg, University of Tennessee professor emeritus of crop ecology, will share his experiences as a Holocaust refugee beginning at 6 p.m. in the church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

    Desserts and coffee will be provided.

    Born in Paris in 1929, Fribourg and his immediate family escaped from France and the Holocaust in January 1942.

  • Tenn. Tech tubists toot their horns at RCHS

    The Tennessee Technological University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble recently performed in the Roane County High School band room.

    The ensemble from the Cookeville-based university performed works by Berlioz, Vivaldi, and other composers for the RCHS band and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade low brass students from Cherokee Middle School.

    The ensemble is under the direction of R. Winston Morris.

    The ensemble performed in Kingston and Oak Ridge en route to its eighth Carnegie Hall appearance.

  • Boozer, Wise among All-Tennessee Academic team members

    Roane State Community College’s Georgette Boozer and Marcus Wise were among of the state’s highest-achieving college students recently celebrated at a special ceremony in Nashville.

    Representing Tennessee’s 13 Community Colleges, the outstanding students were named to the 2014 All-Tennessee Academic Team.

    Each student, many accompanied by their state senators and representatives, were recognized and presented with a medallion during the luncheon starting at noon at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel in Nashville.

  • Bowers marks Read Across America Night

    Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, recently celebrated Read Across America Night.

    A number of students dressed in character for their chosen stories.

    The school’s hallways were lined with reading storyboards showcasing what students had learned about the elements of a story.

    Many students shared their love for reading with families as they viewed the displays.

    The celebration also included a PTO chili supper in the school cafeteria.