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Today's News

  • ‘It’s the Climb’ theme of Advocacy Center fundraiser

    “It’s the Climb” is the theme of the 11th annual dinner and auction to benefit Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District of East Tennessee.

    The event will be on April 18 in Rothchild’s Conference Center, Knoxville.

    Friends and supporters of the center wil gather at 5 p.m. for socializing, viewing and bidding on silent auction items.

    Dinner and a live auction will start at 7 p.m.

  • Imagination Library recipient of literacy grant

    Roane Imagination Library is the recipient of “A Tribute to Literacy” grant from Altrusa International of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club.  

    Roane Imagination Library will use the grant to send free books to more than 1,800 Roane County children ages newborn to 5 years old.

    Organizations throughout Roane and Anderson counties with programs, projects or activities fostering literacy in the area were invited to apply for the grant.  

  • General Sessions Court: Dec. 3-7, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 3 — Malori N. Lemons, capias for failure to appear court date amended to failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed.

    • Kenneth E. Ward Jr., probation violation. Dismissed.

    • Travis E. Clark, two counts probation violation. Guilty.

    • Trenton M. Massey, probation violation. Guilty.

  • Truman grandson to speak in OR

    Journalist Clifton Truman Daniel, President Harry S Truman’s oldest grandson, will be in Oak Ridge for a special Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association speaking engagement on March 28.

    The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Y-12 New Hope Visitors Center at 602 Scarboro Road. It is open to the public.

    Tickets are  $20 each and may be purchased at either the association’s website at www.orhpa.tix.com or the Ferrell Shop in Jackson Square, Oak Ridge.

  • Tornado app sends safety info to your phone

    The American Red Cross has launched its official tornado app, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in tornado-prone areas.

    The free app — available in English or Spanish — gives Apple and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 6

    25 Years Ago
    Tennessee’s participation in the first-ever Super Tuesday presidential primary brought out a number of voters. But it wasn’t only because the Volunteer State’s favorite son, Al Gore, was on the ticket. County voters handily voted down proposals to add a penny to the sales tax rate and a $10 wheel tax. The taxes were aimed at offsetting the use of Department of Energy funds for the school system. And speaking of schools, Harriman voters decided for the third time in three decades to hold on to the city system a little longer.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 4

    A fond birthday wish to my niece, Chenetta Jefferson, who celebrated her day Feb. 27.

    Net, as we call her, said she is blessed that God has let her live to celebrate 61 years of life.

    She is married to the Rev. Danny and the mother of two children, grandmother of three and she thanks God for His blessings.

    Happy birthday to Rosa Ann Brown, who celebrated her 91st birthday Feb. 14.

  • Bank robber pleads guilty

    Billy Joe Dugard has pleaded guilty to robbing five banks, including one in Kingston.

    He’s scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Albany, Ind., on May 31.

    In exchange for confessing to the crimes, federal prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 years in prison.

    “If the court accepts this plea agreement, defendant will be sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, and the amount of the fine and the amount of supervised release will be left to the discretion of the court,” the plea agreement said.

  • Harriman officials aim to fill up once-bustling medical facilities

    Harriman officials and area veterans dream big for a VA hospital in the former Roane Medical Center facility downtown.

    Officials also want to see the downtown buildings that once held medical facilities along Devonia Street taken out of city ownership and utilized.

    It’s something Councilman J.D. Sampson championed recently, talking about giving it to developers for residential projects.

    Mayor Chris Mason said they’ll be tackling the project head on this spring.

  • Newer, bigger jail now over capacity

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he plans to send each commissioner a letter about overcrowding issues at the jail.

    The certified capacity is 174. At 4:34 p.m. on Feb. 25, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the inmate capacity was 233.

    He said it was 240 when he got to work that morning.

    “Every pod we’ve got has somebody sleeping on the floor,” Phillips said.

    There was 63 inmates in the women’s pod, which Phillips said is certified to hold 32.