Today's News

  • Plant closure ‘a bad rumor’

    Horsehead Corp. had been temporarily idling operations at its Rockwood facility earlier this month — but the move was by no means permanent, one company official said.

    “That’s a bad rumor,” said Ali Alavi late last week. “We are in the process of getting it started back up.”

    He added, “During the course of the winter with the bad weather, that impacted steel company operations to the point they were not generating the material we process at the plant.”

  • No bid? Not a problem

    Rockwood City Council easily passed an ordinance on first reading to change its purchasing policy.

    The policy change raises the $5,000 spending cap on goods and services.

    If it is passes on second and final reading, goods and services costing $9,999 or less will not require a bid process.

    “I think it just gives us a better business plan,” said Councilman Pete Wright.

    Officials said the cost of soliciting bids was reason for getting away from it.

  • Ratchet’s lease OK’d at Rockwood Golf Course

    A new lease means Ratchet’s Bar and Grill operator Sharon Rector Miller now pays an additional $100 a month.

    Originally Miller paid $800 a month for her use of the facility at the Rockwood Golf Course.

    Some city officials view Ratchet’s as an asset and the lease as a necessity.

    “Our golf course would be in trouble if they weren’t out there,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

    Councilman Pete Wright, who said he used to be heavily involved with the golf course, agreed.

  • Attempted murder suspect nabbed in Roane

    An Anderson County attempted murder suspect was arrested in Roane County on May 11.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Tyrel Lorenz made contact with 19-year-old Dakota Rogers on Highland Drive.

    “He appeared to be very nervous and was breathing very hard,” the report said.

    A warrants check revealed that Rogers was wanted out of Anderson County for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

    Rogers had a Knoxville address.

  • Oily Kingston student prank goes awry

    Teachers at Roane County High School found a dangerously slippery situation when they walked in the door Thursday morning.

    The halls, doors — even the stairs — of the Kingston school appeared to have been smeared with baby oil

    School officials believe the instance was a student prank.

    Principal Lance Duff and other school officials, however, weren’t laughing.

    “Someone could have been injured very easily,” Duff said.

    “I nearly fell down several times just to see what has been done.”

  • Park a premier place to go play

    Harriman’s Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization recently made Killiffer Park a little more child friendly.

    In the last few weeks, new swing sets, including two swings for tiny tykes, have been installed, thanks to the donations of the club. The Harriman Street and Recreation Department installed them.

    “Drack (Langley) and we all worked very hard together to get these up here,” said Ed D’Alessandro.

  • Field work finished on Recovery Act-funded projects


  • K-31 demolition prep continues cleanup work

    Workers have begun removing transite paneling from the outside of the K-31 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park).

    The 1.49-million-foot former gaseous diffusion building was once used to produce enriched uranium for defense and commercial purposes.

    It was permanently shut down in 1987.

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, also known as UCOR, is prepar-

    ing the building for demolition for later this year.

    Approximately 10,000 transite panels are expected to be removed over the next several months.

  • Harriman Happenings May 19

    Birthday greetings to friends and family born in May.

    They include the Rev. Clyde Jones, Ruth Coleman, Carolyn Baker, Roy Clemmons, Dale Fuqua, my grandson Marv Anderson, niece Sheila Williams and Ellen Jackson, formerly of Harriman, who now lives in Dayton, Ohio, and is celebrating 103 years. What a blessing.

    God’s blessings to all of you.

    Also, my son Marvin Anderson and Corliss Thompson are celebrating birthdays this month.

    Pat and Dan Taylor Childress from Nashville, Glenn and Virginia Hickman’s children from

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