Today's News

  • Roane again posting one of state’s lowest jobless rates

    It’s been a long summer for Roane County when it comes to unemployment figures.

    After more than a year of consistently having one of the 10 lowest jobless rates in Tennessee, the county lost that status in April.

    Four months later, Roane County has rallied and reported the state’s 10th lowest unemployment rate in August, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show Roane County’s rate at 8.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percent over July.

  • CFO to speak at luncheon

    “Breaking the Code: How the Federal Budget Process Works” will be the program topic for the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association monthly luncheon.
    Judith Penry, chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, will be the guest speaker.
    The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel. Lunch for members is $15; non-members pay $16.
    RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Oct. 4.

  • Cash Express appreciates emergency workers
  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: You’ll have trouble choosing from Picante’s vast menu

    While working on an “Out to Lunch” article at a Rockwood restaurant, Jonathan Johnson, a U.S. Food Service salesman, asked me if I knew about a new restaurant in Oliver Springs.

    “Picante Mexican Grill has just opened in the previous location of Choice’s Café,” he said. I wrote about Choice’s in October 2008.

  • Cherokee renovations celebrated
  • Tornadoes top Kingston, 36-13

    For a quarter and a half, the Kingston Yellow Jackets hung right with the perennial powerhouse Alcoa Tornadoes, but in the second half, the Tornadoes touched down on the Kingston Yellow Jackets, ripping through the Yellow Jacket defense for the 36-13 win. 

  • Late TD sinks Midway, 32-28


    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Wave traveled to Tellico Plains Friday night with hopes of bolstering their playoff resume and spoiling the Bears’ homecoming festivities.

  • Bobcats blast Jellico, 59-0


    LaFollette Press

    Oliver Springs scored touchdowns by the bushel during Friday night’s homecoming football game against District 4-A rival Jellico High.

  • Tigers roll past Harriman, 42-0

    Three was the magic number for the Rockwood Tigers Friday night as John Webb's squad picked up their third win in a row while also knocking off the Harriman Blue Devils for the third straight season with a 42-0 victory at Wallace-Black Field.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Organizing yard sale isn’t for faint-hearted

    “I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” my sister lamented by phone.
    It was a loaded question, so I bit my lip and responded only with silence.
    “I’m having a yard sale, and I don’t know what price to put on anything,” she continued.
    With a sigh of relief that her subject had been targeted, I was ready to respond.
    “Debbie, nobody knows what to price things at in yard sales,” I told her. “You just do the best you can, try to be reasonable and be ready to negotiate on offers from reasonable people.”