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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Do you have free speech in a shopping mall?

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Most Americans know that they can speak their mind in the public square, thanks to the First Amendment.

    But what about shopping malls, arguably the modern equivalent of a village green?

    Well, outside of California and New Jersey, the First Amendment’s strong protection for free expression — particularly speech involving public issues — likely won’t apply in your local mall if it’s privately owned.

  • Director Aytes reports on state of schools

    The State Report Card was released last month, so now is a good time to update our citizens on the status of Roane County Schools.  

    The report card shows academic improvement — and also shows many areas for growth.

    Our greatest improvement was in math, where we received an A in value-added scores and a B in achievement.  

    Our goal this year will be to maintain the A and improve our achievement score.  

    Our other achievement scores were an A in social studies with B’s in reading and science.  

  • Volkswagen plant to open April 1
  • Hoops galore around Roane County

    Fans of high school basketball wishing to see a lot of games this week need to go no farther than Harriman High School, Midway High School or Rockwood Middle School as all three schools will be holding holiday basketball action.

  • TVA supports school’s welding program

    Joseph Robinson, far left, TVA’s manager of Valley Relations, recently presented a $2,500 grant check to presented Mike Russell, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman welding instructor, second from left, in a presentation attended by state Sen. Ken Yager, center, Tennessee Technology Center Director Danice Turpin, and Tennessee Technology Center Assistant Director Chris Ayers.

    The funds were awarded as a grant from TVA’s Corporate Contribution Fund.

  • Seminars aim to help businesses

    The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services is planning two free seminars to help small businesses in the area.

    Paul Middlebrooks, marketing consultant for the center’s procurement technical assistance center, will present the seminars on Jan. 15 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    RSVPs are required by contacting 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

    The first seminar, from 9 a.m. to noon, is designed to introduce the business owner or manager to the diversity of government purchasing.

  • 15,000th load of debris recently hauled from old K-25 building

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC recently shipped its 15,000th load of demolition debris from the K-25 building at the East Tennessee Technology Park.

    The 15,000 loads represent about 2 million square feet of the deteriorated former gaseous diffusion building.  That square footage is the equivalent of 40 NFL football fields combined.

    The material has been sent to the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility for permanent disposition.  

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 24

    Gary, Pat and Tyler Hickey from North Carolina, Deloris Gray and daughter, Tenile and grandson, Sheldon from Texas, Mary Johnson, Cora Linson, Barry Linson and daughter Willow, all from Knoxville, Robin Shannon and son from Chattanooga, Kecia Sanders and sons, Kortney Cameron and a friend from Chattanooga, Jill and Keith Johnson, Barbara Upton, Courtney Thomas, DC Upton and Evelyn Sanders, were recently guests of Herbert and Carolyn Griffin.

  • Arrests: Dec. 9-16, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 9 — Ryan Mitchell Townsend, 32, 714 Golf View, Kingston: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Feb. 4.

    • Tommy Allen Prater, 43, 106 Sugar Road, Oliver Springs: domestic assault. Bond $2,000; court date Jan. 7.

  • Man wields gun at kids’ b-day party

    A Rockwood man was arrested Wednesday evening by Rockwood police after pulling a .22-caliber rifle at a children’s party on Chamberlain Avenue.

    James Rodney Wilson, 50, of 820 N. Chamberlain Ave., was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

    Police took him into custody at his home, which was next door to the party.

    “He was arguing with an adult male at the birthday party,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.