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Today's News

  • Guns among Pierce buys

    A number of firearms were among the items Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce purchased with a city credit card, the mayor confirmed late last week.

  • Second lady Biden, U.S. labor secretary applaud RSCC during Harriman stop

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a longtime community college instructor, knows first hand how important community college’s are in educating the country’s workforce.

    She and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis shared their appreciation of the work that Roane State Community College does during a stop at the Tennessee Technology Center in Harriman on Thursday as part of their Community College to Career bus tour.

  • Roane veterans need more than health care

    Securing a VA clinic for the area was something Ken Yager worked on during his time as Roane County executive.

    He’s since moved on to the state Senate, but he still considers the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood his baby.

    He invited Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder to tour the facility on Friday.

  • No problems with photo IDs during early voting

    Tennessee’s new voter ID law hasn’t caused any problems during early voting in Roane County, according to Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “Nobody’s questioned it all,” he said. “That’s really what I expected.”

    The law, which was passed last year, requires people to show a photo ID to vote.

    “We haven’t had a person show up yet that didn’t have an ID,” Holiway said.

  • Margrave bridge going to cost Harriman

    Whether Margrave Street bridge is rebuilt or forgotten, it looks like it’s going to cost Harriman some money.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason recently gave an update on the wooden structure, which was closed and was later removed by Norfolk Southern. Officials have said the railroad wanted a higher bridge in order to traverse stacked cars on those tracks.

  • Work on Harriman's crown jewel

    Jim Ryan of Rocky Top Sign & Neon does some work on the marquee of Harriman’s Princess Theater.

    The marquee is the Princess’ most prominent feature, and some motorists along Roane Street have been lucky enough recently to see it all aglow after the sun sets.

  • Roane County looks for success in 2012 Great American Cleanup

    Spring time is near, signaling the return of the nation’s largest annual community improvement program, Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

    Last year, 143,053 Tennessee volunteers contributed 358,240 hours picking up more than 121 million pounds of litter and debris from all 95 counties. Visit www.ktnb.org/gac.html for more results.

    Keep Tennessee Beautiful will once again look for improvement during this year’s GAC in Tennessee, which will take place March 1-May 31.

  • $16.1 million in refunds await Tennesseans

    Refunds of more than $16.1 million may be waiting for about 18,400 Tennesseans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2008.

    Nationwide, the Internal Revenue Service has more than $1 billion for about 1 million people who haven't yet filed for 2008.

    To collect the money, a return for 2008 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 17.

    There is no penalty for filing a late return qualifying for a refund.

  • Website offers state's residents free legal assistance

    More than 100 low-income Tennesseans are receiving free legal assistance every month through the OnlineTNJustice.org website, but backers of the project want to serve more.

    "With one in five Tennesseans in poverty, and with most of them having access to a computer in a library, church, or other location, we are doing all we can to spread the word that Online Tennessee Justice is a great place for them to turn to when they need help with legal problems," Memphis attorney George T. "Buck" Lewis said of the project.

  • 5,000th shipment of K-25 rubble hauled off

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC has shipped its 5,000th load of K-25 Building demolition rubble since assuming management of the East Tennessee Technology Park cleanup contract on Aug. 1.

    All shipments were completed safely with no injuries, accidents or transportation issues, said Dennis Hill of UCOR’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications.