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  • Three from Roane among AMTEC grads

    Three Roane Countians are among the recent area graduates of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.
    Ben Miller of Harriman and Dustin Cooper and Debbie Vowell, both of Oliver Springs, are among those completing the 14-week course based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    AMTEC is the college’s no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed.
    Participants are trained to work as manufacturing technicians.

  • August jobless trends continued to improve in Roane, statewide

    Things continued to improve on the employment front in August, with Roane County’s jobless rate reported at 8.1 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    That’s 0.2 percent lower than reported in July, state records indicate.
    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,070 workers in Roane County’s 27,280 labor force were employed during the month.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Lunch with the Scarbrough family at new Rockwood eatery

    I saw the grand-opening announcement last July in the Roane County News for Scarbrough’s Restaurant in Rockwood at 114 N. Gateway Ave.
    “That’s where Steffano’s Pizza & Grille used to be,” came to my mind.
    I wrote an “Out to Lunch” article on Steffano’s in April 2010.
    Darrell and Hilary Scarbrough and their children, Cameron and Izabella, own the new restaurant. Some of the dishes on the menu are named after the children.

  • Grand jury roundup
  • Pawnshop worker points gun at deputy

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff reported that a man pointed a revolver at his chest last Wednesday.
    The suspect, Jesse Daniel Robards, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Wolff, Lt. Tony Guy and Detective Brandon Kittrell went to Kingston Jewelry and Pawn on West Race Street to arrest Brandon Parish.

  • PIRATES on the Tennessee River?

    The outline slipped through the fog, then emerged against the glint of sunkissed waters on the Tennessee River.
    Many who saw it could not believe their eyes.
    “My kids were hollering, ‘Oh, pirates!’” said Brandi Jones Crouse, who saw the hulking wooden schooner from Paint Rock Ferry Road.

    She’d been alerted by her father, who had seen the ship from the Hwy. 58 bridge over the Tennessee River.

  • Effort to help Roane’s homeless gains ground

    Family Promise of Roane County is closer to its goal of offering a chance at a new life to homeless families.
    “Four churches have committed as of this week,” said Family Promise chair man Jennifer Watson recently.
    Family Promise hopes to partner with local churches for host facilities to house homeless families and, perhaps, a day center to help them work on issues such as  finding steady work and permanent housing.

  • Former Houston attorney censured in foreclosure

    Bradley County attorney James F. Logan Jr., who represented Leon Houston in his double murder case, received a public censure from the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility last week.
    The board oversees the conduct of attorneys. A public censure is a rebuke and warning to an attorney.
    According to the board, Logan violated rules on confidentiality and conflict of interest.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Shouldn’t somebody question the numbers?

    Alas, dear reader; as we near property tax paying time it seems that the usual forces are labouring mightily to magnify the extraction they will exact from our respective wallets, pockets, and purses.
    Curiously enough the two major threats come from statistical figures which we have reason to doubt. In this regard we find this quotation from Mark Twain’s autobiography apropos: “...the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”’

  • Vols support down to ‘T’

    Jeff Brantley is a diehard University of Tennessee Volunteers fan.
    In one way, he may be the most visible fan in Roane County.
    Brantley expresses his devotion so that anyone crossing the Hwy. 58 bridge in Kingston can see it. He has mowed a giant “Power T” on his sweeping hillside over the Tennessee River.

    The symbol emerged for the first time when his daughter suggested he do something special with their large lakeview lot.