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  • $68 million request made

    The Roane County Board of Education has sent the funding request for its building program to the Roane County Commission.

    “On behalf of the Roane County School Board, Roane County School System is requesting consideration by the Roane County Commission of the funding component regarding the proposed new construction and re-use plan for existing facilities,” said a May 4 letter that was signed by Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins and Board Chairman Rob Jago.


    Two juvenile males are in custody in the Knox County Juvenile Detention Center following their arrest in connection with threats made at Roane County High School.

    They were suspended from school Friday following reports from students that heard the threats, said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “First of all, I will say that we take all threats seriously and we will investigate and prosecute to the fullest,” Stockton said. “The kids and staff in our schools are very important to us.”

  • CEO: Don’t count CVMR out yet

    The Canadian company that promised to bring a reported 620 new jobs to Roane County remains interested in the area, according to its top executive.

    “CVMR (USA) Inc. has spent quite a bit of money and time investigating the start of a major manufacturing operation in the United States,” CVMR Chairman and CEO Kamran Khozan said via email on May 5.

    “We remain quite enthusiastic and convinced that such a move would be a good business strategy for our company and for the community of Roane County and city of Oak Ridge.”

  • EPA starting cleanup of papermill site

    The long-awaited cleanup of the former papermill site on Emory Street in Harriman will begin this week.

    Harriman City Councilman Buddy Holley said representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and contractors will be in the city on Wednesday.

    “Basically, they’ll remove all the structures that are there and a lot of the undergrowth, just kind of level the property up,” explained Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Tools, sewing machines taken in storage heist

    Property worth thousands of dollars were reported stolen from a storage unit.

    Rockwood police are investigating.

    According to the report, Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to South Gateway Storage on May 1 around 12:30 p.m.

    “I made contact with Mr. Roger Norris and his mother, Mrs. Rita Norris, standing in storage unit No. 51,” the report said.

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  • Housing rehab funds available

    Roane County Government will be accepting a second round of applications for its Tennessee Housing Development Agency HOME Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

    The county has been awarded a limited amount of funds to assist residents with making repairs to their homes.

    The program is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be scored and prioritized based on need.

    Funds will only be used to rehabilitate owner-occupied residences. Rental houses are ineligible.

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  • City looks to slow down park speeders

    A new safety feature may soon find its way to Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “We have got to get some speed bumps at Riverfront,” Harriman City Councilman Tim Johnson said.

    “They are flying through there.”

    Johnson believes some vehicles reach speeds of 30-40 mph on the small road that meanders through the park past the playground and picnic areas.

    He asked police to run radar in the park on occasion.