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Today's News

  • Rockwood Housing: Opponents decry low-income apartments

    Rockwood may have another income-based apartment complex near Deer Run Apartments.
    That, according to city officials, is not sitting well with many people.
    “I’ve not had a positive comment from anyone I talked to,” Councilman Bill Thompson said.
    He and others were upset that that they didn’t hear about the rezoning request until it was put on the council agenda.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans is against the proposed Heritage Hills apartments.

  • Gallaher gains more jail time on probation charge

    Eric Glenn Gallaher reached a resolution on his violation of probation charges last month.
    Gallaher, 31, is charged with reckless homicide in the death of 46-year-old David Harvey.
    He waived a preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court on Jan. 23, which means the case is headed to the grand jury later this month.
    Gallaher also submitted to violation of probation and agreed to serve eight months in jail. 

  • TVA urges caution on Swan Pond

    The contractor building a perimeter wall around the dredge cell and ash pond at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant as part of the 2008 ash spill cleanup will be moving large equipment beginning this week along Swan Pond Road.
    Heavy equipment will be operating just inside TVA property, between the intersection of Swan Pond Circle Road and the plant’s north entrance. The equipment will remain there through August, when this segment of the perimeter wall is expected to be complete.

  • Teachers get good scores

    Roane County Schools has seen positive results on the new teacher evaluation system so far.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff gave a report on the data at the January Board of Education meeting. 
    “This is just mid-year,” McGriff cautioned. “These are not final scores. This is just where we are right now.”

  • Scam: No $1 million for life with this deal

    It seems like a well-known adage: Beware anyone who wants you to send money in order to make or receive money.
    But such scams persist, changing slightly but always with the same notion of sending a small amount of money to cover fees or taxes in order to receive your prize.
    Most recently, a Harriman woman contacted the Harriman Police Department crime hotline last weekend to let them know of a scam involving a claim to be from Publishers Clearing House.

  • Chamber seeks to expand high school career day

    When Roane County Schools Director Toni Mc-Griff said, “This has been the best Career Day!” at last year’s career fair for high school students, her words were taken as a challenge to make the 2012 High School Career Day even better.
    The Education and Workforce Committee of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce has taken up the challenge and is looking for additional businesses to participate in this year’s Career Day on March 30.

  • Dollar General employee’s alleged theft caught on camera

    STAFF REPORTS
    A 20-year-old woman who allegedly allowed her employer to be bilked is in trouble with the law. Helena Loraine Moore of 2306 Swan Pond Road was arrested on Jan. 27. She’s charged with theft.  
    According to court records, Moore allowed customers to leave the Dollar General Market in Harriman with $2,527.67 in merchandise on Jan. 12. The alleged crime was captured by the store’s security video.

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  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Feb. 1 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • The Garden Gate: Keep scents floral all year long

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    How delightful is the summer breeze wafting across the garden and carrying with it the mingled scents of all the flowers? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bottle it and uncork it in the house on a snowy February day?

    Bottling flower scents is, of course, the business of the perfumer. And a fascinating business it is. Did you know that at Grasse, France, there are 50 perfume factories employing many hundreds of people?