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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Law encourages businesses to hire vets

    The Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 amends and expands definitions of the veteran target groups for employers hiring veterans through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.

    “The Vow to Hire Heroes Act provides tax incentives for employers to hire both short-term and long-term unemployed veterans and affords larger tax credits for hiring certain categories of veterans,” said Labor and Workforce Develop-ment Commissioner Karla Davis.

  • VEC presents $2,750 in grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded a $2,750 in grants to Roane  County organizations in January.

    Roane groups collecting grants in January include the Midway High School Cheerleading Booster Club, which received a $1,000 grant; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 grant; and the Midway High School PTO garnered a $750 grant.

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4 million to various community-service organizations.

  • Arrests: Feb. 16-23, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 16 — Gene Bradley Bolton, 25, 128 S. Third St., Apt. 26, Kingston: failure to appear, false imprisonment, two counts aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment and weapon, unlawful carry to go armed. Total bond $42,500; court date April 2.

    • William Andrew Clinton, 23, 143 Boswell Chapel Road, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $1,500; court date April 2.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Feb. 27

    By Josephine McKinney, Community correspondent
    I want to go back in time to the days of Santa Claus, the big man in a red suit. And how it was when we lived on the farm and walked three miles to the little three room school house in Swan Pond community  — no swans, no pond — but for some unknown reason that was what it was called.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 20 & 27

    By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
    Congratulations to my niece, Sheila, and nephew, Tim Williams, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 14.

    They didn’t do anything special; they just spent a quiet evening at home with a special dinner.

    They are the parents of two daughters and two grandchildren.

    God bless you with many more years together.