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  • Child support changes afoot

    Changes could be coming to the state’s child support system.

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is holding an open forum in Knoxville on Sept. 27 to get public input about the proposed changes.

    “Parents, caretakers, and other interested parties are invited,” the notice said.

    The forum is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the DHS Family Assistance Office at 2700 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 200, Knoxville. There is no charge for parking.

  • Harriman woman killed in car crash

    A car crash over the weekend claimed the life of an elderly Harriman woman.

    The crash happened on Hwy. 27 around 9 p.m. on Sunday.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 74-year-old Joyce E. Fain was a passenger in a 2013 Nissan Altima driven by 76-year-old Joyce A. Branam.

    Branam was making a left turn onto Ridgecrest Road from Hwy. 27. She turned in front of a 1996 Honda Civic driven by a 17-year-old.

    The impact pushed the Altima off the road and over an embankment.

    Fain, who had a Harriman address, was killed.

  • Get ready to pay more for power

    Electric customers in Roane County will see an increase in their rates beginning Oct. 1.

    Harriman Utility Board manager Candace Vannasdale said the rate increase to HUB customers reflects changes by TVA and also will cover rising expenses experienced by the utility.

    HUB’s average residential electric customers will see an increase of $6.76 on their power bill each month beginning Oct. 1.

  • H.T. Hackney hit with state penalty

    One of Roane County’s largest industries was fined last month.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, H.T. Hackney failed to conduct a system test for a suspected release.

    TDEC Underground Storage Tank Division Director Stanley R. Boyd, acting on behalf of Commissioner Shari Meghreblian, levied a $2,400 civil penalty against Hackney for the violation.

  • Restoration to honor their service
  • Cities represented on budget committee

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody received unanimous support for his budget committee recommendations last week.

    “I’m happy with the makeup of the budget committee,” he said.

    In addition to Woody, the new committee will consist of Commissioners Mike Hooks, Darryl Meadows, Allen Hickman and Ben Wilson.

  • Pumphouse land owner casts eye toward Rockwood

    From staff reports

    A man who owns property off Pumphouse Road may soon be calling himself a Rockwood resident.

    Matthew L. Pittman asked city officials to annex his parcel into the city limits, and Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to annex the parcel and provide a plan of service for the parcel at their August meeting.

    They’ll take final action to make it official at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

  • RSCC screening suicide prevention awareness film

    Roane State Community College is participating in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with a variety of events, including a free screening of a highly acclaimed documentary titled “The ‘S’ Word.”

    “Unfortunately, right now you hear so much about suicide,” Roane State Dean of Students Brenda Rector said. “We lose some 1,000 Tennesseans each year to suicide, and that’s just not acceptable.”

  • Roane Dems set up in Oak Ridge

    Roane County Democrats Pat Row, left, and Ann Mostoller staff a temporary field office in Oak Ridge’s Big Turtle Park. The field office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday until the Nov. 6 general election. The Roane County Democratic Party invites Oak Ridge residents of Roane County to stop by the blue tent in Big Turtle Park for campaign materials, including bumper stickers and yard signs, for all the Democratic candidates running for election in November.

  • All this, and a subscription, too

    Shelia Whittenbarger of Harriman shows off the prize she won after registering for a four-week free subscription to the Roane County News at the newspaper’s booth during the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day street festival.