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Today's News

  • Unemployment falling in Roane

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate decrease from 3.8 to 3.6 percent from November to December 2017, a .2 percent decline.

    Of the county’s 23,070 workforce, 22,230 were employed.

    County unemployment rates released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the state’s 95 counties during December 2017.

    The latest statistics also highlight how each county had significantly lower unemployment compared to one year ago.

  • VEC helps Midway High programs

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in January.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway High School Band Boosters ($500.00), Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500.00), Midway High Bass Club ($500.00), and Roane County Robotics Team ($1,250.00).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.1 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Shoney’s has all you can eat and so much more

    I hope readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles have not concluded that I have quit writing them. My most recent article was published on Dec. 11, 2017.

    Due to enjoying many of our out-of-state grandchildren, and great-grandchildren visiting us during the holidays, plus a long business trip to the Tupelo Furniture Market in early January, I’m now trying to get back on a regular writing schedule.

    I began working on this “Out To Lunch” adventure at Shoney’s in Harriman, on Dec. 19, 2017.

  • O’Shell spells Victory

    Mary Ann and Jason O’Shell have double the reason to celebrate at the regional spelling bee March 17 at the Cox Auditorium on the University of Tennessee campus.

    Both their children, 10-year-old Ethan O’Shell and 13-year-old Olivia O’Shell will be competing against each other and many others in the regional spelling bee to win and go to the national competition.

    They are ready to face off if it comes down to the two of them.

    “I’m not going to let her win. I’m not going down without a fight,” said Ethan.

  • Law may cost schools

    A state law could hurt Roane County Schools financially.

    “We have some very big concerns,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

    The law, identified by the school system as Public Chapter 504, has been in effect for more than two-and-a-half years. The board unanimously passed a resolution last month urging the General Assembly to review the effects of the law.

  • Flu, cold and other woes

    Roane County School officials are hopeful that the worst has passed with regards to the flu and other illnesses keeping many students, faculty and staff home.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said they have been watching the issue and saw a reduction in absences on Thursday compared to earlier in the week and was hopeful Friday would see numbers continue to drop.

    “I’m really hopeful we’ve turned a corner,“ Watkins said.

  • Harriman police catch thieves taking mower at Lowe’s

    Harriman police arrested two suspects accused of stealing a mower at the Harriman Lowe’s on Thursday, Jan. 25, and returning to the scene of the crime to attempt another theft the following day.

    Anthony Denton Beets, 45, Friendsville, and Charles Edwards Wilburn, 28, Alcoa, are both charged with two counts of theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, possession of burglary tools and vandalism. In addition, Beets is also charged with violation of the registration law, driving on a suspended or revoked license and financial responsibility.

  • Better days in store for pup

    Brownie needs your help.

    Brownie is a sweet 8-year-old dog that has had a rough life, and needs the people of Roane County to aid in his rescue.

    He was surrendered at the Roane County Animal Shelter in Rockwood, and on his evaluation, they noticed that he was favoring his right back leg.

    Upon further examination, with the aid of x-rays they discovered he had major damage in the leg, possibly from a shotgun blast.

    “We found buckshot on the x-rays,” said county animal control officer Kristy Cannon.

  • Singleton to return to KPD

    Kingston Police Sgt. Jerry Singleton has returned to work.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Singleton worked one day last month and was scheduled to work another shift on Sunday.

    Singleton was out for several months after he was injured on the job last summer.

    He conducted a traffic stop on Henry Nicholas Brown, who was pulling a car hauler with a truck.

    Brown is accused of striking Singleton with the car hauler when he drove away.

  • Go back in time as street character at Tennessee Medieval Faire

    The Tennessee Medieval Faire is holding open auditions to be in the fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire, which will open again this May.

    For those interested in participating as street characters, open auditions are Saturday, Feb. 10, 17 and 24, from 2-5 p.m. at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston.

    Auditioners are asked to come prepared to demonstrate their talents, for example: sing, play an instrument, tell a story in character, dance, and participate improvisational games. Adults (ages 18+) are preferred.