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Today's News

  • THP sobriety checks end old year, begin new

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during New Year’s week.

    One sobriety checkpoint will be from 9 to 11 p.m. Dec. 31 at Hwy. 70 and Caney Creek Road.

    Another will be at the same location from 10 to 11 p.m. Jan. 1.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles with such drivers.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 25

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s Walnut Hill Elementary placed fifth of 17 entrants in the elementary curriculum and instruction category of the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium competition. Honors were accepted by Walnut Hill Principal Larry Sills and first-grade teacher Linda Roberts; Harriman City Schools Superintendent Gene Thurman, Harriman City Schools Supervisor of Instruction Bill Powers, Harriman Board of Education member Frank Mee and Tennessee Department of Education representative Charlene Hill.

  • Road construction in state halted for holiday travelers

    Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

    No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 6 a.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, through 6 a.m. Jan. 2.

  • Roane State offers wilderness first responder course

    Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare and Safety Education Department is accepting sign-ups for its wilderness first responder course.

    The class, at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is designed for those who operate extensively in the outdoors, such as outdoors enthusiasts, wilderness guides, environmental educators and missionaries.

    The course will be Jan. 19-26.

    A refresher course for those who have already taken wilderness first responder is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb 2.

  • Rockwood star gets makeover

    Rockwood 2000 refurbished Rockwood’s “Star on the Mountain” this year.

    Bulb replacement was among the tasks taken up by the revitalization group.

    The star, which sits on a fire tower atop Mount Roosevelt, shines over the valley at Christmas.

    It has been a beacon of hope and faith for Rockwood since 1990 and has been lit for each holiday season since, as well as for special Rockwood and national events.

  • Temperance Bldg. gets holiday gift

    ’Tis the season for giving, and Harriman’s historic Temperance Building is among gift recipients this year.

    Harriman Temperance Restoration Committee received a donation in excess of $400 from Harriman Merchants Association.

    The gift was presented by Harriman Merchants Association President Kim Inman and Treasurer Nancy Jacoby to Mike Demyanovich, president of the restoration committee.

  • Christmas lights the way for club’s December beautification honorees

    The Harriman Garden Club recently presented its December Beautification Awards.

    Winning the residential award were Chuck and Wendy Flora at 399 Vernal St., Harriman. All have been invited to ride by to enjoy the fantastic displays of lights.

    Eddie’s Body Shop, at 514 Emory Drive, Harriman, is the recipient of the commercial December Beautification Award.

  • GUEST OPINION: Ho, ho or humbug — let’s celebrate our basic rights

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    ’Tis the season to be jolly and of good will, right?

    Responding to holiday cheer with a well-voiced “Bah” or “Humbug?”

    Well, it’s our right under the First Amendment to speak and write in ways that are naughty or nice.

    Let’s stick with that seasonal theme as we move from the Christmas season into resolutions and forecasts for the New Year, and consider the past year and what’s ahead.

  • Website aimed at schoolchildren’s parents

    The Tennessee School Boards Association has developed a site, MyTennesseePublicSchools.net, with the idea that parents shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for answers to questions they have about public schools.

    Information should be easy to find.  

    MyTennesseePublicSchools.net is a collection of resources and need-to-know information to help parents help their child rensucceed in public school.

  • Why no TVA funds for Midtown school?

    Roane County Schools’ $32 million building program didn’t include any projects at Midtown Elementary School.

    “They were in pretty good shape,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “There was no big needs there.”

    The $32 million building program was funded with money TVA made available to the county because of the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    More than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash spilled over 300 acres following an early morning dike failure on Dec. 22, 2008.