Today's News

  • Employers save time, paper with state’s new E-Response system

    Employers can now respond electronically to requests for separation information regarding a claimant’s reason for separation when filing a claim for unemployment insurance.

    Through the new State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) E-Response, employers can exchange quality information quickly with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, resulting in a more accurate claims-filing process.

  • Jackson a STAR with Roane State program

    The advisory board for Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center recently presented a Skilled Teacher Ambassador Resource award to Connie Jackson with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    The award was presented on behalf of the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEd), headquartered at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.

    Edmonds Community College provides advice and expertise to AMTEC, Roane State’s no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed.

  • With a song in their hearts


    “Are you ready for noise?”

    That’s the question Midtown Elementary School music teacher and choir conductor Beth Trescher posed before a recent rehearsal.

    Children — more than 20 of them — poured in the door just before 4 p.m., excitedly chattering and ready to sing.

    “They’re a lively group,” Trescher said. “And it really has become like a little family. They’re very supportive and help each other.”

  • Road supt. candidates tout their experience

    The Roane County Tea Party hosted a candidates forum for road superintendent at the Kingston Community Center last Thursday.

    All three candidates — Jim Beason, Dennis Ferguson and Brian Mullins — attended.

    The road superintendent job pays $76,407. The hopefuls spoke about their qualifications, backgrounds and issues facing the road department.  

    “I’ve been employed with the department for 36 years,” Beason said. “I’m the foreman down there now.”

  • Kingston wants in-lieu-of-tax $$ from county

    Kingston City Council members considered a new source of revenue at an April 3 work session.

    That source: Roane County Government.

    Council members moved to place a request in the form of a letter on the April 10 council session seeking to open “a channel of communication” with Roane County Executive Ron Woody about the possibility of collecting in-lieu-of-tax payments on commercial property the county has previously obtained within city limits.

  • Airport heading to Heritage Center

    Rockwood isn’t the only Roane County community that sees economic benefits of a successful airport.

    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority announced plans recently to move forward on an airport in the Heritage Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge.

    “The Airport Authority is charged with monitoring the aviation needs of the region and we believe that it is clearly time to take the steps necessary to place a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge,” said Howard Vogel, chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.

  • Bogus bills show up at 2 businesses over recent weeks

    Rockwood police have filed at least two reports about counterfeit money being used around town in recent weeks.

    On April 3 an officer responded to the Walmart and was given three counterfeit bills — two $20s and one $10 — that were reportedly used at the store last month.

    An officer also made a report about a man passing a fake $10 bill to a carhop at the Sonic Drive-In on March 21.

    When the carhop told the man the bill was fake, the report said the man tried to get it back.

  • Tigers win league championship
  • Wells to be inducted into MNPS Sports Hall of Fame

    Tommy Wells, former Cohn High School All-American running back, will be inducted into the Metro-Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 10. The ceremony will take place at the LP Field banquet hall—home of the Tennessee Titans. 

  • Fielden to play for Roane State

    Some athletes are blessed with the ability to play at a high level in a variety of sports.