Today's News

  • Arrests: Jan. 18-26

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 18 — Dustin Ryan Stubbs, 30, 125 Swafford Road, Harriman: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

    • Michael Christophe Waldrop, 27, 128 S. Chamberlin, Rockwood: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

    Jan. 19 — Jimmy Allen Buck, 36, 120 Dogwood Lane, Powell: manufacture/deliver/sell controlled substance. Bond $15,000; court date March 5.

  • Jobless rate rises slightly in December

    Roane County’s 7.4 percent December unemployment rate may be slightly higher than reported last month, but it’s still lower than it was during the same period in 2010, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the most recent posting is up 0.1 percent over November’s rate.

    That means 26,080 workers in the county’s 28,160 labor force were employed in December.

  • Greenhouse paving its way
  • Participants in Roane State program offered chance for ORNL internship

    Austin Dickson of Farragut understood the educational benefits of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center when he signed up for the courses.

    He wanted to learn new skills and broaden his résumé, and the AMTEC program’s classes — including Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety certification and computer skills — fit his goals.

  • Phipps tops at MMC for Jan.

    Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge recently named Teresa Mayton Phipps of Harriman as January’s MMCer of the Month.

    Phipps is a registered echocardiographer in the cardiodiagnostics department. She performs ultrasound imaging of the heart and assists cardiologists in conducting transesophageal echos and stress echos.

    She is “wonderful with patients, always putting their best interest first,” said Shelia Doughty, manager of the hospital’s cardiodiognistics.

  • Wading right in

    “I’m walking on water,” Thackery Porter exclaims while traipsing around Kingston City Park’s flooded boat dock area with his uncle, Mike Torrans, on Friday afternoon.
    Water spilled over various docks and over the banks of Watts Bar Lake, including at Kingston’s Gravel Pit area, due to the previous day’s steady rainshowers.  

  • Enthusiastic Eaton top lawman for 2011

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office top brass picked a familiar recipient for its 2011 officer of the year award.

    The honor went to Larry Eaton, who also received the award in 2009.

    “I was very appreciative of it,” he said, “but at the same time, I want to share it with the other deputies because we’re all fellow officers and we all get out here and do the job.”

  • TWRA seeking comments

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division is now soliciting comments concerning the plan to study the sustainability of commercial paddlefish roe fisheries on waters not currently open to commercial fishing in the state.

  • HMS sweeps Greenback

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils simply bedeviled and befuddled the Greenback Lady Cherokees by a 28-17 margin on Thursday evening at Harriman. 

  • Middle school tourneys off and running

    The race for the title of best team in East Tennessee is now under way for Roane County’s five middle schools with the start of the Area 4 AA Tournament at Lenoir City Middle School and the Area 4 AAA Tournament at Cherokee Middle School in Kingston.