Today's News

  • Hiwassee dorm getting a facelift

    Facility staff, work-study students and volunteers at Hiwassee College in Madisonville are busy preparing for what is expected to be the largest entering freshmen class in recent history.

    Those preparations include significant renovations to Tom Black Residence Hall, which was constructed in 1963-64.

    Suites have been remodeled, painted and furnished.

    Other improvements include energy efficient windows, new tile floors, upgrades to bathrooms and a new roof.

  • Cherokee signing up new students

    Cherokee Middle School, Kingston, will have its new-student registration from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 in the school at 200 Paint Rock Ferry Road.

    This registration is only for those new to the Cherokee school district. Elementary students transferring from Kingston and Midtown are not considered new enrollees.

  • Perma-Fix awards five scholarships

    The second annual Perma-Fix Career Day Scholarships have been awarded to a graduate from each of the five Roane County high schools.

    The students receiving the $250 scholarships applied for them during their junior year while participating in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored High School Career Day.

    “We want to encourage and help students to continue their education after high school,” said Kenyon Mee, facility manager for Diversified Scientific Services Inc., a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services in Kingston.

  • Simultaneously earn pharmacy, public health degrees at ETSU

    East Tennessee State University of Johnson City has become one of only 15 schools in the nation where students can simultaneously pursue a doctor of pharmacy degree and a master’s degree in public health.

    Beginning with the 2012-13 fall semester,
    ETSU’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and the ETSU College of Public Health will offer the PharmD/MPH academic track.

  • Tech scholarships awarded to Harriman students

    Tennessee Technological University students Grace Claudy and Bo Murphy of Harriman are the 2012 recipients of academic awards from the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Claudy, a 2009 graduate of Faith Christian Academy, is the daughter of Mark and Alison Claudy of Harriman and is a junior history major.

    She received the Marion Hood and Arthur Langlois Scholarship.

    Murphy, a 2007 graduate of Faith Christian Academy, is the son of Russ and Brenda Murphy of Harriman and is a senior political science major.

  • Midway students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Keevin Woody, far right in back row, recently honored the school’s May students of the month.

    They are,  in order of grade, Orion McKnight, Taylor Browning, Adrian Hill, Maranda Jones, Michael Muir, Amelia Stakely, Bree Duff, Kaylee Steele, Cyrus Trew, Sarah Edmonds, Grace Luke, Ashley McGhee, Jared Collins, Brooke Willett, Cheyenne Jenkins, Gracey Hixon, Savanna Rayburn, Angelica Millsaps, Kimberly Millsaps, Alexis Layne, Brooklyn McGhee and Paige Bacon.

  • Party affiliations at issue in race

    A voter doesn’t have to be a member of the Republican party to vote in its primary on Aug. 2.
    State Rep. Jim Cobb contends Ron Travis is banking on that to beat him in House District 31.
    District 31 includes three precincts in Roane County — Glen Alice, Eureka and Rockwood Ward 1. The district also includes Bledsoe, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.
    “His plan is to try to get as many Democrats as possible voting in the Republican Primary and swing the outcome that way,” Cobb said.

  • Early voting to close Saturday

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election ends Saturday.
    People can vote early at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, Harriman Community Center, Rockwood Community Center and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.
    The locations will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
    On Thursday before 2 p.m., 4,344 people had voted during the early period in Roane County, according to figures from the Election Commission.

  • When dirt isn’t cheap

    Not all dirt is equal.
    Understanding that can make a big difference in a new-construction budget.
    When shopping for a piece of land on which to build your dream house, Don DeSha says, it always pays to do a little digging.
    DeSha, a Harriman resident, is a partner with Oneida native Randy West in Soil Solutions Inc., a consulting service for anyone interested in having a septic system installed.
    Clients include both residential and industrial developers.

  • McGriff retires with $15,000 bonus

    Toni McGriff’s last evaluation as Roane County director of schools resulted in a $15,000 bonus.
    The bonus was based on Board of Education assessments of her performance, and a point system was used to determine the amount.
    A score below 480 would have resulted in no bonus. A score between 661-700 would result in a $15,000 bonus. McGriff scored 686.School board attorney Chuck Cagle tallied the score.
    McGriff retired as director of schools on June 30.