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Today's News

  • Rockwood may change rules for administrator

    The minimum qualifications for a city administrator in Rockwood includes a college degree and training in municipal management, public administration, business administration, planning or comparable experience.

    A candidate is also required to move to the city within 90 days.

    Mayor James Watts is proposing changes to both those categories. Rockwood Finance Committee put off the ordinance until next month.

  • The Year of Volkswagen: Roane Alliance calls center top '12 project

    To The Roane Alliance — and to many across Roane County — 2012 will be remembered as the year of the Volkswagen Distribution Center project, The Alliance’s newly released annual report said.

    “The VW project was certainly the biggest project we have landed for our community in recent memory and will no doubt have a significant impact on Roane County for years to come,” The Roane Alliance President/CEO Leslie Henderson said in an introductory letter in the report.

  • Cantor may be summit speaker

    The Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit will return to its Oak Ridge origins the last week of May, with dates dependent on the schedules of anticipated speakers, including U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

    Cantor is among the senior decision-makers representing academia, government and industry from Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina who will convene in the New Hope Center at Oak Ridge’s Y-12 National Security Complex for the two-day meeting, said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, summit host.

  • Ferri retiring; Bradford now up at UCOR

    Mark Ferri, who has led the safe, successful deactivation and demolition work at K-25 since URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC arrived in Oak Ridge in August 2011, is retiring at the end of February.

    Ferri has accepted a CH2M Hill corporate opportunity in the United Kingdom.

    He was part of the original handpicked leadership team by the company, also known as UCOR.
    Leo Sain, UCOR president and property manager, said the company will use this opportunity to streamline its organization and gain efficiencies.

  • February 25 Harriman Happenings

    On Feb. 9-10, Carolyn Clemmons along with her son Mel and wife Stephanie spent the weekend in Gatlinburg.

    Carolyn’s grandson, Mel Lee Clemmons, was nominated to East Tennessee All State Band. He attends West High School in Knoxville and is a sophomore. He plays the trombone.

    The concert was great, and there were about 100 students in the band. Others who attended were Mel Lee’s mother Yana and Sean Powell, sisters Kayla and Seine and grandmother Shanda.

    We are very proud of Mel Lee’s accomplishments. Chase and Caden came to see their big brother play, too.

  • Region tourney invades Harriman

    A total of eight area basketball teams will be in Harriman this week as Richard Pickell Gymnasium will be the site of the Region 2-A Tournament semifinals and finals.

    The tournament actually tipped off over the weekend with first round games being satellite sites with the highest seeded team hosting games. 

  • Lady Raiders feature leadership, maturity

    Roane State Community College softball coach Sue Niemi loves her team’s maturity.

    For example, four players — Kristin Roy, Courtney Smith, Courtney Taylor and Meriam Maynord — made the college’s fall president’s list, which means they had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Mica Gaines and Bridgit Cook were on the dean’s list.

  • Raiders baseball up to 2013 challenge

    Roane State Community College baseball coach David Lane knows the race for postseason play is more competitive.

    But, so is his team.

    “When we play like we are capable of playing, I’d put us up against anybody,” Lane said.

  • MS. MAYME’S SCHOOL

    Oliver Spring’s Carmichael Park is the former location of the Oliver Springs Colored School.
    Those who want to preserve the school’s memory are getting help from a grant of nearly $45,000 the town received to establish the park.
    Edward Jackson and Kelvin Knaff are members of the undeveloped park’s board of directors.

  • Once-trusted official indicted

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce was indicted Wednesday on charges that include theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of credit cards. 
    Pierce was seen as a loyal city employee, and the accusations surprised city officials.
    “I had a lot of confidence in Tom’s ability and the job he was doing for the city,” Mayor James Watts said. “When it all came up, certainly, it was a shock. But again, we had to do what is in the best interest of not only our employees but the city of Rockwood.”