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  • Federal benefits expiring

    The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is alerting more than 18,000 Tennesseans receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that those payments will soon end.

    The federal legislation that extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation expires at the end of 2013 in the absence of congressional action.

    “We don’t want people who are presently receiving EUC to be caught unaware, expecting their EUC benefits to continue into 2014,” said Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.

  • Skidmore completes leadership program

    Harriman City Clerk Angela Skidmore was among 40 county and municipal government leaders who successfully completed the 20th annual Local Government Leadership Program at University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.

    UT faculty, executives of state government, and private consultants led the intensive three-day, invitation-only program that focused on personal leadership, public sector services, strategic planning and management, ethics, and the state’s economy and infrastructure.

  • VECustomers boost
  • Foland bond at risk

    Johnny Ray Foland, accused of aggravated vehicular homicide in a fatal wreck over the summer, picked up new charges on Christmas Eve that could jeopardize his bond.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Foland threatened his mother and brother with a baseball bat and a knife.

    Foland, 50, was charged with aggravated assault and interfering with emergency calls.

  • Fleischmann: VA clinic a go for Harriman

    The city of Harriman’s failed effort to land a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital may have paid off in a consolation prize.

    “We are going to have right here in Roane County a fully staffed veterans clinic, which will be in Harriman, and their due date is set to open up March 1,” U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said Monday.

    Fleischmann said he got the information from Juan A. Morales, director of the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

  • Cases delayed because of defender’s illness

    Criminal court cases in the 9th Judicial District are being continued due to the absence of Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson, no relation, said Walter Johnson has undergone heart bypass surgery.

    “(Criminal Court) Judge (Eugene) Eblen’s decision has been to continue everything,” Russell Johnson said.

    Roane, Loudon, Morgan and Meigs counties make up the 9th Judicial District. Russell Johnson said the cases being impacted are the ones where Walter Johnson is the opposing attorney.

  • Two local TDEC grants awarded

    Roane County and Rockwood both received grants for used motor oil collection through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    Rockwood received $13,800 for a tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump and absorbent. Roane County received $9,200 for a heater and pump.

    “Used motor oil collection grants assist local governments in improvising and expanding used oil infrastructure for the collection of used oil from do-it-yourselfers,” according to a TDEC news release

  • GUEST OPINION: Duck Dynasty Flap

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    OK, America: Here’s a quick, basic course in the First Amendment:

    Lesson No. 1. “Duck Dynasty”’s Phil Robertson has a First Amendment right to state his views on homosexuality, minorities and pretty much anything else on this unlikely reality-TV star’s mind, whenever he wants.

  • Police ID I-40 body, but still unsure what happened to him

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol on Thursday released the name of the man whose body was found early Christmas morning on Interstate 40 in Roane County.

    THP criminal investigators identified the man as Brian William Taylor of Heath Springs, S.C.

    Taylor is described as a 42-year-old white male, wearing blue jeans, a blue and white plaid flannel shirt and tan work boots.

    THP said its Criminal Investigation Division is looking into every possible scenario, including foul play.

  • Kingston city councilman dies

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Longtime Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure has died.

    McClure, 46, lost a battle with colon cancer Sunday.

    McClure, who had held a city council seat for more than a decade, was a champion of small-business interests.

    A tall, burly man, he had his own landscaping business, often hurrying into city council meetings still in his work clothes.