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Today's News

  • New finance officer for city

    Rockwood City Council recently approved the hiring of a new finance officer.

    Belinda Puckett has 25 years of hands-on experience in financing, starting with banking after graduating high school and seven years with Spring City, where she lives.

    Until working for Spring City, she spent the rest of her career in Roane County.

    “I am very excited to be with the city of Rockwood and will work hard to be an asset that will help the city be successful financially,” Puckett said.

  • ‘Good neighbor’ gets wedged under house

    It took a bit of work to get a former Harriman City Councilman out of a tight spot underneath a Harriman residence.

    Johnny “Sambo” Plemons was at 102 Vann Drive to turn on the pilot light for a relative, something he was known to do for neighbors in his community.

    He reportedly slipped, fell and became wedged under the home.

    Michael Galyon was trimming weeds when Harriman Fire Department and Rescue Squad vehicles started to arrive. He said Plemons, who lives nearby, is always helping people around their homes.

  • MMS downs Harriman, 28-6

    After scoring on the first play of the game, Harriman Middle School appeared as if they were going to have a big night against Midway. But the Green Wave gained control and won the final 31:20 to take home a nice 28-6 win over the Blue Devils Monday night in Harriman.

  • Cherokee tops Rockwood for 5-0 start

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets ran their season mark to 5-0 Thursday evening as Wade Creswell’s squad downed visiting Rockwood at Dr. Nat Sugarman Field, 35-12.

  • Ellis Surplus, Salvage now open in Harriman

     

  • Technology park goes platinum: First DOE site to receive prestigious federal honor

    East Tennessee Technology Park has become the first U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management site to receive the Federal Electronics Challenge platinum award.

    The Federal Electronics Challenge is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to purchase greener electronic products, reduce impacts of electronic products during use, and manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.

    Federal agencies and facilities participate as partners in the program.

  • Employees may have help getting law degree

    Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law will award $5,000 scholarships to qualified applicants employed in certain sectors.

    Those eligible for the scholarships include Tennessee Department of Children’s Services employees, law enforcement officers, municipal employees or present or former members of the military, including the National Guard.

  • Jobless benefits OK'd for military spouses

    Tennessee has changed unemployment laws that allow a spouse of military personnel facing a military transfer to collect unemployment benefits if they quit their job.

    In most cases, voluntarily quitting a job makes an applicant ineligible for unemployment benefits.

    “This expansion of eligibility for unemployment is the right thing to do in supporting Tennessee’s military families whom are often affected by military transfers,” said Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Karla Davis.

  • Home on the market? There may be some tax breaks for you

    The Internal Revenue Service has some important information for those who have sold or are about to sell their home.

    Homeowners who have a gain from the sale of your main
    home may be able to exclude all or part of that gain from their income.

    Here are some tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling a home.

    In general, a homeowner is eligible to exclude the gain from income if he owned and used the home as a main residence for two of the five years prior to the date of its sale.

  • Church knife attack stopped: Woman chases pastor’s wife

    No one was injured in a knife-wielding incident in a Harriman church last week in which the pas-tor’s wife was chased in the sanctuary.

    A bystander at Potter’s House Fellowship was able to wrest the knife away from the suspect, Gina K. Mueller.

    Mueller, of 918 Rosedale Ave., Kingston, was taken into custody by Harriman Police Department officers after the incident at 10:31 p.m. Sept. 5.

    She is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.