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Today's News

  • Another voice: FREEDOM’S CHAMPION

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.

    One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.

  • Roane bowlers compete in Reno
  • Rockwood airs it out in scrimmage

     

    The start of the 2014 high school football season is more than five weeks away, but fans of the Rockwood Tigers got an early peek at their team Monday evening when the Tigers hosted Coalfield in a passing scrimmage.

  • 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.

  • ZAXBY’S BUILDING UP TO INDESCRIBABLY GOOD
  • Griffin recipient of Goldberg Award

    Johnny Griffin was awarded the 2014 Paul Goldberg Leadership Award at the Leadership Roane County Graduation on June 19.

    Griffin was chosen from several nominations as the fifth recipient of this prestigious award.

    The award was created by the Leadership Roane County Class of 2009 and was presented for its namesake, Paul Goldberg a few weeks before his death.

    Each year a member of the Leadership Roane County Alumni Association is chosen to receive this award based on criteria created by the class:

  • Conner appointed to Tennessee Board of Examiners

    Laura A. Conner, Roane County director for the Tennessee Department of Health, has been appointed by the board of directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence to the 2014 Board of Examiners.

    Each year, the TNCPE award program recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

    As an examiner, Conner is responsible for reviewing and evaluating organizations that apply for the TNCPE Award.

  • 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.”

  • “O” Zone State Tournament starts Thursday

     

    Roane County’s last chance at winning a Dixie Youth state championship hits the field Thursday as the Harriman All-Stars begin play in the 2014 Dixie Youth “O” Zone State Tournament in Sweetwater.

  • 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.”