Today's News

  • Last load of ash excavated from TVA Kingston spill site

    Friday marked another milestone in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

    “As of today, we have removed the last load of ash from the lake that we intend to,” said Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    “We are now done excavating ash.”

  • Harriman Happenings: July 1

    There was recently a celebration of life for Helen Louise Treece, who recently passed away  at Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    She was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal is pastor. She served on the kitchen ministry, monthly newsletter team and fellowship exercise class.

    She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend, but most of all she was a Christian lady.

    The Jones and Lawrence families from Harriman are her relatives.

  • Comptroller visits in Roane

    Taking on public corruption doesn’t come without some backlash.

    “That’s part of the game,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson said.

    “We have people who don’t think we’re accurate. We have people who don’t think we’re fair or there are people that just don’t like for us to say what we found.”

    Wilson, one of the state’s constitutional officers, visited Roane County on Friday.

  • Fewer on the job in May

    Roane County’s employment went up a bit in May to 8.2 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.4 percent higher than in April. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.5 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Rocky Houston wants a lawyer, after all

    After months of representing himself, Rocky Houston is ready to call it quits.

    He filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week asking for an attorney.

    “I, Rocky Joe Houston, is requesting the appointment of a competent legal counsel representative free from conflict of interest to represent me
    on said criminal charges,” he wrote in the motion.

    Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

  • Business Briefs

    • B&W Y-12 recently donated $2,500 to Camp Tanasi, the Girl Scout camp near Andersonville on Norris Lake.

    The contribution will help fund the summer program.

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected Restoration Services Inc. of Oak Ridge as 2013 Region  IV Subcontractor of the Year in recognition for their hard work, innovative  ideas and dedication to the community.

  • Harriman slated to finalize budget with no new taxes

    Harriman will likely finalize its 2014 fiscal budget on second reading Tuesday.

    Harriman City Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. following the fire board meeting.

    The proposed budget, which includes no proposed property tax increase, has general fund revenue of $7.5 million and appropriations of $7.2 million.

    Unappropriated fund balance is $210,110, with a total unassigned fund balance of $834,272.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of July 12 on Pansy Hill Road in Roane County.

    Another checkpoint will be the week of July 26 on Fiske Heights Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • New TVA credit union now open

    TVA Employees Credit Union opened its newly constructed branch in mid-June with a week of giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The new facilities are at 1916 Roane State Hwy., in the Midtown area of Harriman.

    Hours are from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8 :30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Kingston revved up for holiday boat races

    The long wait is nearly over.

    Anticipation is high as Kingston Parks and Recreation officials work this week to bring popular powerboat races back to the city’s waterfront for the first time in almost two decades.

    The American Powerboat Association will have its Pro Class national championship races at Fort Southwest Point, with trials beginning Monday July 1, and racing heats to follow July 2-4.