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Today's News

  • Official feels economic pain through family members' job loss

    The last bundle of steel rebar was pushed through at the Harriman ArcelorMittal steel mill Wednesday afternoon, and the plant closes its doors this week.

  • Harriman looks at budget cuts

    Hoping not to diminish financial reserves, Harriman officials are taking a look at making tough cuts in operations.

    “We’re trying not to dip into our reserves, and see if we can cut,” Councilman Charles “Buddy” Holley said in a phone interview.

    “We need to come up with about $300,000,” Councilman Ken Mynatt said.

  • Bill could give county officials more access to Tiger Haven

    A bill that would allow Roane County officials to accompany the state on inspections of Tiger Haven is advancing through the Tennessee General Assembly.

    It passed the Senate 32-0 on Monday. The House has yet to vote on the bill.

    Tiger Haven is a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County. Several species are housed at the facility, including lions, tigers, cougars and leopards.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Chadwick T. Chilton, no driver license Aug. 6. Dismissed Sept. 13, cost to defendant.

    Billy Joe Lewis, capias for failure to appear Aug. 18, 2008. Guilty as charged Sept. 13, convicted.

    Shaylon K. Corbitt, violation of probation. Dismissed Sept. 14, cost to state.

  • Seminar to cover poverty awareness

    Kingston United Methodist Church will have a poverty awareness seminar on April 6 in the church’s ministry center at 212 W. Church St.

    Joe Parker will lead the training from noon to 5 p.m. Parker is secondary supervisor for Roane County Schools.

    The seminar cost is $10, which includes purchase of a book for the course.

    Space is limited to the first 25 registrants.

    Reservations by paying the fee are requested by March 30 to ensure adequate materials for participants.

  • Rockwood pastor opens Tenn. Senate session

    Rockwood First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Josh Lancaster, center, recently delivered the invocation for a recent session of the Tennessee State Senate.

    Lancaster was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, right.

    The Senate starts each legislative day with a prayer before taking up the legislative calendars.

    Yager and Lancaster meet with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, left, who presides over the Senate.

  • Harriman center’s top student now an East Tennessee finalist

    Mary Elaine Wilson, Outstanding Student at Tennessee Technology Center of Harriman, has been selected as one of the East Tennessee regional finalists for the Tennessee Technology Centers Outstanding Student of the Year award.  

    As a regional finalist, Wilson will receive a Dell lap top computer and will compete in Chattanooga in April against 12 other students for Tennessee Outstanding Student of the Year.  

  • RSI employees giving away 2 scholarships

    The employee outreach committee of Restoration Services Inc., Oak Ridge, is offering two $1,000 college scholarships for the 2011 fall semester.

    Those eligible for the scholarship are upcoming college freshmen in pursuit of a science or technical degree. Community service will be considered.

    Applicants should write an essay of 250 words or less about why they are deserving, how the scholarship will benefit them, and what charities and/or causes in which they are involved.

  • Re-enactment, dinner to help abroad studies

    A historical re-enactment and barbecue dinner to raise money for Roane State Community College students participating in a study-abroad trip to Europe is planned for April 2 at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.

    All proceeds will help students with the cost of the Grand European Tour, a journey that will allow Roane State students to visit 10 countries in 20 days, including five days in Normandy, France.

    The event will include several re-enactor groups who will demonstrate camp life and military tactics from the periods that they represent.

  • Museum sets dates for summer camps

    Parents of rising fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders can get summer fun down to a science when they register their child for the American Museum of Science and Energy’s Science Explorer Camp.

    The camps will be June 6-10 and June 13-17 at the historic Freels Bend Cabin site in Oak Ridge. Campers must be at least 10 years old to participate.