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Today's News

  • Blood drives coming up in Harriman, OS

    Summer months are difficult for blood centers across the U.S. and it is no exception for East Tennessee’s provider, Medic Regional Blood Center.
    “We are currently on emergency appeal for all blood types, especially the negative types,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic’s spokeswoman. “This is a time when being negative can be a good thing. Negative blood types are more rare than positive types, and often Medic finds themselves in a critical shortage of these types.”

  • Plan aims to help Cold War workers

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has reintroduced a bipartisan plan to create an independent advisory panel to help Cold War workers from Oak Ridge and other nuclear weapons facilities get the help they need to treat cancer and other illnesses they developed as a result of exposure to radiation.
    The panel would oversee the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, which has been plagued by procedural inconsistencies and delays preventing former nuclear workers from accessing the benefits they are owed.

  • Special gift at Love’s grand opening

    The American Truck Historical Society, Smoky Mountain Chapter, donated $1,000 to Michael Dunn Center at the grand-opening celebration of the new Love’s Travel Stop in Lenoir City.
    The donation resulted from the proceeds of the ATHS Southeast Regional Truck Show that took place on April 12-13 at Roane State Community College.
    The ATHS Truck Show has donated proceeds from the show to Michael Dunn Center for the last four years.

  • United Way campaign kicks off Aug. 22

    Roane County United Way will have its 2014 campaign kickoff from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Aug. 22 in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.  
    This year’s goal is $400,000.
    Roane County United Way, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to maximize the impact of individual and business donations as partner agencies work together to serve all Roane Countians.

  • One solar farm down, one to go

    Kingston City Council members glimpsed a bright future for the city’s two solar projects off Hwy. 58 at the Aug. 6 council work session.
    According to project updates, the smaller of Kingston’s two planned solar farms — a 50-kilowatt installation behind the water distribution plant — is finished, inspected and operational.

  • Bonus possible for county employees

    Roane County employees could find some extra money in their paychecks later this year.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county is in position to give one-time bonuses to employees after closing its records for the 2012-13 fiscal year with a $229,773 increase in fund balance.  
    “We came in positive for a couple of reasons,” Woody said.
    “One is because we didn’t increase operating costs with salaries,” he noted, “and two, our employees helped us get
    to where we’re at by either

  • Free smoke alarms offered in Harriman

    Harriman Fire Department continues to offer free smoke alarms.
    The department recently received 200 Kidde Firex brand smoke alarms.
    “These were gotten through the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office through a federal grant,” said Fire Chief Brad Goss.
    Harriman residents wishing to have the smoke alarms, which have a 10-year sealed battery, can call station one to schedule installation.
    “You must be a homeowner inside the city of Harriman,” Goss said.
    Call 882-3072 to schedule an appointment.

  • Sure sign that school’s open

    Students at Harriman’s Bowers Elementary will be greeted by a new electronic sign when they show up for school today. The sign is not all that’s new to Bowers — today is the first day for new Principal Brenda Arwood, who took the reins from after Candace Lett’s retirement.

  • Kingston open to forming finance committee

    After tabling the idea last spring, Kingston City Council members decided a budget committee might not be such a bad thing after all.
    Council discussed the possibility of a budget committee — a Financial Review Committee, to be precise — earlier this year, as a means of keeping council members apprised of budget matters throughout the year, rather than waiting for pressing fiscal events to bring such matters to the board’s attention.

  • Smoot motions upset mother

    Accused killer Shawn Smoot will not have to pay for an attorney.
    It was one of the motions dismissed Friday which Tina Gregg, mother of Smoot’s alleged victim, Brooke Nicole Morris, found disappointing.
    “I am not happy. He is not indigent,” she said. “He should not have a lawyer free of charge.”
    Gregg pointed to Smoot’s former successful insurance business and a 2011 divorce settlement in which his wife is to pay him $71,600 as proof he is not considered indigent.