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Today's News

  • VECustomers awards groups 2,500 in March

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in March. The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.8 million to various community-service organizations.

  • Electrical safety courses offered

    Pellissippi State Community College will offer a “Train the Trainer” NFPA 70E course for supervisors, operators, mechanics, engineers and safety personnel during the month of May.

    The four eight-hour classes are geared toward teaching safe electrical practices and hazard recognition and mitigation in the workplace. Cost is $3,000 per person, and classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Classes are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8, 15, 22 and 29.

  • Free workshop for small businesses

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the University of Tennessee CIS-PTAC, will offer a free workshop for small businesses on “How to do business with the government”.  

    The program is designed to introduce attendees to the diversity of government purchasing. Participants will learn how to navigate the process and bid successfully in the government marketplace.

    To sign up call 865-483-2668, email jbangs@tsbdc.org, or visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc.

  • City & County Meetings

    MONDAY, MAY 5
    • Rockwood City Council’s budget committee will meet at 5 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.
    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall. (Meeting postponed from April 28 due to lack of a quorum.)
    • Harriman Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at 7 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    TUESDAY, MAY 6

  • Things You Should Know

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    THURSDAY, MAY 8

  • Things to Do

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    SATURDAY, MAY 10

  • Reunions

    Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.
    COMMUNITY
    • The Emory community reunion will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 in the old Little Emory School. Old friends and classmates are welcome to attend. Call Doc Mullins at 717-2818 or Garland Mullins at 882-0191 for details.
    FAMIILY

  • Paper? Check. Pencil? Check. iPad?

    Students at more Roane County schools could be allowed to use iPads, iPhones, iPods and other like devices during the school day next school year.

    Last July, the Board of Education approved a trial program for the 2013-14 school year that allows personal communication and personal electronic devices to be used by students attending Midway High School and Cherokee Middle School.

    The board’s policy committee voted last week to recommend expanding the program to all high schools for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Rockwood ponders hiking bid minimum

    Rockwood City Council approved a change to its purchasing policy several years ago to allow city representatives to purchase anything costing  less than $5,000 without advertising for competitive bids.

    Tonight — Monday — the council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would up that minimum to $10,000.

    “My motion would be that we move the required bid amount to $10,000 — but anything $5,000 or above has to be approved by city council,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

  • Midtown traffic lights set to go on next week

    The westbound off-ramp at Interstate 40 and Pine Ridge Road is nearly finished.

    Traffic lights, which have been in place and covered in black plastic for several weeks, will soon be lit, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi confirmed late last week.

    “The contractor is scheduled to be on the job site Monday, May 5, 2014, to adjust the lights and turn them on for the seven-day flashing,” Nagi said.
    The schedule is weather permitting, he added.