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Today's News

  • Christmas Parades 2014
  • Christmas Celebrations 2014
  • GUEST OPINION: Ebola reporting and the media — the bottom line

    By GENE POLICINSKI 

    First Amendment Center

    So how scared should we be about the worldwide Ebola virus crisis?

    For nearly all of us, the answer to that question will come through what we see, hear and read in the news media and in the U.S. that places a unique burden on those free to print, broadcast or post stories as they wish about efforts to control the spread of the virus.

  • Rockwood mayor says city has money for bills

    In response to rumors about the state of the city’s finances, Rockwood Mayor James Watts made a point to reassure residents concerned about the city’s dwindling rainy-day fund.
    “I don’t want folks to think we don’t have enough money to pay our bills,” said Watts at a recent meeting. “We do.”
    He said he recently checked the bank account and found the city had about $500,000 in the bank.
    City funds fluctuate as bills are paid and revenues come in, so the amount in the account varies as things like payroll are paid out and sales tax rolls in.

  • Help available for open enrollment in health-care plans

    The window for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health-care plans is Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, and Oak Ridge Public Library is planning two opportunities for the public to enroll.

    Due to library renovations, these programs will be in the AB Room of the Oak Ridge Recreation Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The programs will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 6.

  • Prediction: A more efficient government

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms first day on the job was Monday.

    The former Oak Hill manager expressed gratitude for the chance to serve in the city’s first managerial post.

    “I’m looking forward to getting to help the people of Harriman and try to do what I can to help them make it the community they want it to be,” Helms said.

    Helms will use his 18 years of experience in a Nashville suburb to bring progress to the city, officials hope.

  • County honored for openness

    One organization thinks Roane County does a pretty good job of keeping residents informed.

    The county received a Tennessee County Services Association Success Story Award for its efforts at the organization’s fall conference last week.

    “We’re pleased to get the award,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said TCSA asked counties to make submissions for the award, but there were no particular categories. Roane’s submission focused on communication and transparency initiatives.

  • Schools report card stays strong

    Overall, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he is pleased with how the system fared on the latest state report card.

    “Our achievement has remained strong,” Aytes said.

    Roane County received A’s in math, science and social studies and a B in reading in the grades 3-8 achievement category.

    “Our value-added was not as good as we’d like, but overall we were pleased,” Aytes said.

  • New ambulance director starts at $51,000

    Timothy W. Suter, Roane County’s new ambulance director, is starting out with a salary of $51,000.

    “Most of our frontline managers make around $50,000, and we brought him in as a frontline manager,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Suter most recently worked as a paramedic with Rural/Metro in Knox County. He started his new position with Roane County last month.

    Woody said Suter has the opportunity to increase his salary to $60,000, depending on how he performs in the coming months.

  • Prosecutors seek to keep rape suspect in jail

    A bond-revocation motion is still pending against rape suspect John Paul Little.

    A Monday hearing on the matter was rescheduled to Dec. 12.

    Little faces four counts of child rape in Roane County Criminal Court. He managed to make bond in the case in March after more than 18 months behind bars.

    Harriman police arrested Little last month on drug charges.

    Active meth labs were allegedly discovered at his Harriman home.