Today's News

  • Making a run for the prize egg
  • Paper unemployment checks a thing of the past

    Tennesseans receiving unemployment benefits are no longer looking for that check in the mail.
    That’s because the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has phased out paper checks.
    Claimants are now receiving either a Visa debit card called Tennessee Automa-
    ted Payment or electing to have their benefits directly deposited into their bank account.

  • Roane jobless rate at 7.8 percent

    Roane County’s unemployment rate took a big drop in March to 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last month from the
    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    The state’s numbers show  that Roane County’s rate is down by 0.6 percent over the February rate — and 0.9 percent lower than in March 2010.
    That means 26,060 workers in the county’s 28,250 labor force were employed in March.

  • Harriman wanting Midtown properties

    Harriman officials hope to incorporate several properties on both sides of Hwy. 70 with a referendum in June.

    A resolution to annex the Midtown area properties was approved by Harriman City Council during a special-called meeting April 22.

    “A lot of the properties are already under contract with the city, except four of them,” said Harriman building inspector Maria Nelson during discussion of the resolution at a workshop last week.

  • Japan disaster affecting future Watts Bar drills

    Disaster drills at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in nearby Rhea County could be more challenging in the future because of the disaster that occurred in Japan.  

    “Used to, we might have an event that was an earthquake at one unit that would result in damage to the plant and possible releases of radiation,” said Ray Golden, TVA senior manager of nuclear communications.

  • Board returns Bruner's rights to practice law

    Harriman attorney Spence Bruner should soon see his rights to practice law restored.

    He recently attended an appeal in front of a panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, who recommended Bruner be allowed to return to practice without restrictions on April 20.

    The panel recessed five minutes before returning and recommending Bruner return to full practice, said a release from Bruner’s attorney, Chris Cawood.

    The Supreme Court must sign an order to reinstate Bruner.

  • Woody wants workers to get raises, but 'I'm not making any promises'

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen isn’t the only elected official who would like to see raises for employees included in the next budget.

    “I would love to see them get a raise,” Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said. “With the economy, everything is going up and everybody is having a hard time.”

    Officials are still in the early stages of putting together a budget for the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from March 9-17:

    From Shellie Wallace, James A. Duncan and Ruby Duncan to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Housing and Urban Development by trustee’s deed, Dist. 5, city of Rockwood, Lot 5, $0.

    From Anthony R. Steele, Henry E. Bell and Evelyn M. Bell to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. by trustee’s deed, Dist. 1, 1 acre, Sim Tedder Road, $49,500.

  • Longtime News employee Frederick calling it a career


  • Tennis, anyone?