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  • Chamber forum preceding the start of early voting

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to attend a candidate forum on July 15 in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre at 276 Patton Lane in Roane County.

    The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

    Designed to give each candidate the opportunity to express his view of how government should relate to the local business community, the forum will consist of question-and-answer sessions grouped by city and office.

  • Cobb: Cutting red tape ­— that is my specialty

    Former state representative Jim Cobb wants to turn the tables on adversary Ron Travis, who ousted Cobb from his seat in 2012.

    The pair, who faced off in that race two years ago, are again up for a rematch in the Republican primary for Tennessee House of Representatives for the 31st District, which includes part of Rockwood and West Roane County.

  • Travis: I know Tennessee is on the right path

    Ron Travis is eager for a second term to prove he deserved to replace Jim Cobb.

    The two Republicans vied for the District 31 Tennessee State Representative spot in 2012, with Travis narrowly beating Cobb.

    “I know Tennessee is on the right path,” Travis said. “I think we got a good team in Nashville right now. I think you’re going to see Tennessee grow and prosper for my children and my grandchildren.

    “That is what matters for me, what I can leave for my grandchildren.”

  • Jobless rate up, but low

    Roane County’s unemployment rate spiked slightly in May but still remains lower than it was a year ago, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Eighty-eight of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw an increase over the month, while the rate decreased in five counties and remained unchanged in two counties.

    Roane County’s May jobless rate was 6.3 percent, an increase of 0.4 percent.

    The county had an unemployment rate of 8.0 in May 2013.

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  • Harriman’s Charles tops at MMC

    Angela Charles, registered diagnostic medical sonographer in the Radiology Department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named the MMCer of the Month for June.

    Charles is responsible for performing diagnostic ultrasound examinations to identify and record anatomical and pathological information and images.

    She has been with Methodist Medical Center and the Radiology Department since 1991.

    Charles is described by Glenn Dye, supervisor in radiology, as “reliable, hardworking and always ready to go the extra mile.”

  • Smoot case back to square one

    Accused murderer Shawn Smoot is now on his fourth attorney in two years.

    Tom Slaughter was allowed to withdraw on Wednesday due to a conflict.

    “He said it was not of a nature that he could disclose to us,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “We left chambers. He went in and spoke to the judge, and the judge determined it was indeed a conflict.”

  • Starved child case grinds through court

    The case against the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death continues to wind slowly through the court system.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson had a hearing scheduled in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    The case was rescheduled, and a new date won’t be determined until the Aug. 15 docket sounding.

  • Kingston votes for zoning change

    A nearly full house showed to see Kingston City Council vote on a proposed rezoning that would enable a planned car dealership and retail development off North Kentucky Street.

    Most of the audience went home with the same concerns they brought into the council room, as council voted 7-0 to approve the rezoning on first reading.

    The rezoning concerns a 47-acre parcel near Davis and Dogwood drives in Kingston. Jerry Duncan Ford is planning a move from its current Harriman location to be closer to the interstate.

  • Young gardeners put in work