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  • Covenant applies for $72 million hospital

    Covenant Health has given notice about its intent to apply for a certificate of need for the new hospital in Midtown.

    According to the notice, the existing hospital — Roane Medical Center — has 105 licensed beds, including 10 swing beds. The new hospital will have 54 licensed beds, including 10 swing beds.

    The swing bed program is available for Medicare patients who need transition care.

    The only change for the Medicare patient under a swing bed program is the level of care.

  • SNOW! Roane County Commission cancels meeting

    A heavy blanket of snow prompted Tennessee to declare a state of emergency Monday. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency called in additional staff to monitor the winter storm that dumped 6 to 8 inches of snow across Roane County by Monday morning — with more on the way.

    Staff at TEMA's facility in Knoxville and Jackson were placed on duty, and a number of TEMA staff and emergency service coordinators from the Departments of Safety  and Transportation reported to TEMA's headquarters in Nashville.

  • Y-12 earns ‘Excellent’ ’10 rating

    B&W Y-12 earned an “Excellent” rating of 94 out of a possible 100 from the National Nuclear Security Administration for its 2010 performance, resulting in a fee award of $45.2 million for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex.
    B&W Y-12 was awarded more than $2.8 million for work that Y-12 performed for other government agencies, and more than $5.4 million for managing one of the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contracts in the nation, which includes demolition or cleanup of several aged facilities at Y-12.

  • IRS offers help with payroll tax laws

    The Internal Revenue Service has released instructions to help employers implement the 2011 cut in payroll taxes, along with new income-tax withholding tables that employers will use during 2011.
    Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during 2011 because the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 provides a 2-percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, reducing their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid.

  • What legacy will Ferguson leave?

    Basic Education Plan. Tennessee Lottery. A failed push for a state income tax.

    Dennis Ferguson witnessed them all from his chair in the Tennessee House of Representatives. And, with the exception of the proposed income tax, he voted in favor of them — and the budgets to fund them.

    “There was a lot of times I had to hold my nose and turn my head, but I voted for it,” he said of the budgets that he’s approved over a 20-year period. “Everything’s not been perfect, but I believe the good outweighs the bad.”

  • Four charged in meth lab operations

    A strong chemical smell tends to be an obvious sign of meth activity.

    Deputies detected the smell at a home on River Road last Tuesday.

    “We talked to the people there and saw signs and evidence that meth was being cooked and being used,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We took four people into custody and actually found the components of the lab where they had recently been cooking.”

  • Man held Wartburg teenager in Harriman

    By Judy Byrge

  • Old Harriman church 'falling in on itself'

    A church building once touted as Harriman’s oldest has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.

    “It’s just falling in on itself,” said Pat LaDue, who lives in the historic Morgan Street area shared by the rotting wooden structure that originally housed Harriman First Christian Church. “It’s terrible. The pigeons are flying in there all the time. The whole inside of the church is filled with pigeon waste.”

  • Old Harriman church 'falling in on itself'

    A church building once touted as Harriman’s oldest has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.

    “It’s just falling in on itself,” said Pat LaDue, who lives in the historic Morgan Street area shared by the rotting wooden structure that originally housed Harriman First Christian Church. “It’s terrible. The pigeons are flying in there all the time. The whole inside of the church is filled with pigeon waste.”

  • Ferguson: 'I'll be back. Soon.'

    Don’t count Dennis Ferguson out yet.

    The longtime state House of Representatives member may not be returning to Nashville for Tuesday’s convening of the Tennessee General Assembly,  but he’s far from finished with public service.