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  • Harrriman focusing on fun

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman officials are looking at expanding recreation opportunities along the Emory River, including possibly developing a new park off Fiske Road

    City Manager Kevin Helms suggested that city councils don’t just guess at what residents want.

    “I think there needs to be a program to solicit community input,” Helms said. “What do people want?”

  • Some officers buy own body cameras

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office has not outfitted its deputies with body cameras, but that hasn’t stopped Justin Joseph. He purchased one on his own.

    “They’re a hot topic right now,” Joseph said.

    Financially, the sheriff’s office can’t afford to buy all of its deputies body cameras right now, according to Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

  • Woman with local roots will be Harriman attorney

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    It’s official — Harriman has a city attorney.

    City officials on Tuesday entered into an employment agreement with Allison M. Rehn for a position that, until last year, had been determined by Harriman voters.

    “I’m just ready to get a city attorney on board,” said Harriman City Council member Wayne Best, who made the motion to hire Rehn under an employment agreement.

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  • Local earthquake mystery probed

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    For Roane County News

    If you didn’t feel the earth move about 1:35 p.m. Sunday, don’t feel bad.

    You aren’t alone.

    If not for news reports later in the day, few people may even have known about the 2.5 magnitude quake that centered about 7 miles east/northeast of Kingston.

    Faye Eblen of New Moody Road, which lies very close to the quake’s epicenter, said on Monday that neither she nor her husband, Raymond, felt the temblor.

  • County committee spells out what it wants from schools

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    After butting heads a few times over money, Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee has outlined a list of things it wants the school system to provide during this year’s budget process.

    They include revenue projections, descriptions of each school, enrollment data, pupil/teacher ratios, teacher and support personnel salary data, zoning maps, bus replacement schedules that list bus models, years and mileage.

  • Despite nasty weather, school buildings OK

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the system managed to avoid any major maintenance issues during the streak of bad weather that kept students out of school for two weeks last month.

    “We had some guttering issues at Dyllis Springs Elementary,” he said. “We had a pipe to freeze at Cherokee Middle School.”

    Aytes said some buildings also experienced leaky roofs.

  • State offers financing to upgrade OS wastewater

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Oliver Springs is receiving $3.458 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements.

    The 20-year loan deal with the state is a $3.215 million loan with an interest rate of 0.68 percent and $242,060 in principal forgiveness — money that will not have to be repaid.

  • Sheriff on track with crime reports

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is back in good standing with the TBI on the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

    In a letter dated Feb. 25, TBI Director Mark Gwyn notified Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton that his office has met the requirements for re-certification for data submission to the TIBRS program.

  • TVA Watts Bar to be topic at open house

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house and poster session on March 17 to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Watts Bar nuclear power plant’s Unit 1 during 2014.

    The plant, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is near Spring City, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville and about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The open house and poster session will begin at 6 p.m. in Athens Comfort Inn at 2811 Decatur Pike.