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Today's News

  • Boys and Girls Club 5k slated

    Roane County’s Boys and Girls Club is kicking off fundraising with a 5k race at Harriman’s Riverfront Park on Monday, Sept. 2.

    The board hopes to have an initial site open and running at Harriman Middle School by mid-December. Eventually they want to expand into other communities.

    The race will start at 8 a.m., prior to the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festivities.

    Registration is $25, and donation forms for non-racers will be available that day.

  • Unemployment insurance now payable online

    Employers can now pay their unemployment insurance premiums online through ACH bank debit.

    This convenience eliminates the need for paper checks or the necessity for making special arrangements with your bank to pay by ACH credit.

     Employers who use the Tennessee Premium and Wage Reporting System (TNPAWS) already have online access to their unemployment insurance account and now have the option to pay their premiums online.

  • School board to consider consolidations

    The financial crisis facing the school system has officials looking to explore consolidating high schools.

    “We just need to find out if consolidation does save money or if doesn’t save money,” Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “We need all the answers.”

    Miller brought up the idea of consolidation at a meeting in July when board members were grappling with what to do about a $1.582 million shortfall for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

  • Roane Central sample had bacteria

    Tests conducted by the Roane Central Utility District in June showed coliform bacteria in the drinking water.

    “Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present,” the utility said in a newspaper ad. “Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.”

    The utility said boiling water is not necessary, but did advise customers to consult a doctor if they had health concerns.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 26

    Annual Women’s Conference was held at New Covenant Baptist Church last Saturday and Sunday. The theme was “You Don’t Know My Story.”

    Featured guest speaker was Dr. Wanda Taylor Smith. She retired from University Hospital in Cincinnati where she held as staff nurse and interim nursing administrator before retiring in 2003. She had a lot to say talking about, “You Don’t Know My Story.” Four videos were shown where these ladies told us “You Don’t Know My Story.”

  • Proton Power brings energy efforts to Rockwood

    Proton Power has its sights on the future of energy, and its continued success has it expanding into a Rockwood facility for its liquid fuel projects.

    The company, focused on using hydrogen for energy, doesn’t just look at their endeavors as environmentally friendly but economically sound as well.

    “It is energy efficient, environmentally attractive and economical. It has to be all of these to be good in the long term,” said co-founder Dr. Sam C. Weaver.

  • O’Neal’s attorney confident about trial

    If the case against Ralph O’Neal ever does go to trial, his attorney is predicting the state will have a hard time convincing a jury he’s guilty of murder.

    “I honestly don’t think they have the proof to even come close to showing that he’s guilty,” attorney Bob Vogel said.

  • Tennessee recognized for lowest state debt

    Fitch Ratings, one of the country’s top bond agencies, has officially named Tennessee the lowest debt state in the nation.

     The news, which was officially released by Fitch earlier this week, is based on an analysis of total debt ratios in all 50 states. The calculation is measured by combining each state’s total debt and unfunded liabilities and measuring them against the state’s average individual income level.

  • EPA says respirators not needed at ash spill site

    Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said there is a system in place for monitoring the health of people working at the TVA ash spill site.  

    “We have perimeter air monitoring at six stations on site surrounding the work area, and that’s to guard against any off site dust migration from the worker area to local communities,” he said during an interview in June.

    The perimeter monitoring system isn’t the only thing being used, according to Zeller.

  • It seemed like a good idea at the time

    Roane County High School junior Cody Tallent got his Toyota 4-wheel drive pick up truck stuck vertical on the side of the dike Tuesday in Kingston.

    Gary’s Towing came and helped retrieve the vehicle.