Today's News

  • Unemployment premiums down for first time in three years

    Tennessee employers will pay unemployment insurance premiums at a lower rate for the first time in more than three years.

    Unemployment insurance premium rates for state employers decreased because the balance of Tennessee’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund on June 30 was more than $568 million, triggering new premium rates.

  • Big plays led Bulldogs past Blue Devils

    The Wartburg Bulldogs used a strong performance by senior quarterback Austin Langley to pick up their second straight win last Friday, 39-21, over the Harriman Blue Devils.

  • Bowling wins FLW Watts Bar event

    Harriman’s Jonathan Bowling weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 28 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division super tournament recently held on Watts Bar Lake in Rockwood. For his victory, Bowling earned $4,540.

  • Jackets suffer first loss of season

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets came to Lenoir City Friday night with a lot of positive “buzz” about their 5-0 start, only to get swatted by the Lenoir City Panthers by a 42-14 tally.

  • Tigers ground game grinds up Upperman, 30-24

    After the Rockwood Tigers lost some heartbreakers in the first few weeks to Kingston and Grace Christian, they got the benefit of a bye week, due to the forfeit win of Taft Youth Center. The bye gave the Tigers plenty of time to get set in their offensive and defensive scheme and prepare for the Upperman Bees.  Rockwood fought a hard game with the Bees, and came out on top by a final score of 30-24.

  • Midway dumps Jellico on homecoming, 29-6

    It’s always fun to win on homecoming, and the Midway Green Wave had a lot of fun Friday night as Joe Campbell’s squad downed Jellico, 29-6.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Vrooom, vrooom ... I’m a new road warrior

    There’s an ugly knot on my right shin and a bruise the size of Texas on my calf.
    I earned those injuries over two days of noise, fumes, heat — and fear — at a Motorcycle Safety Foundation riding class at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus.
    And as a result, I now have an “M” for motorcycle operator on my driver’s license.
    For a while now, I’ve been thinking of learning to operate a motorcycle.
    I do a great job as a motorcycle passenger, but, recently, I decided I wanted more.

  • Governor presents grants in OS

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam stopped in Oliver Springs Tuesday afternoon bearing gifts — including two grants for improvements to the small city’s water system and two parks.
    “We’re here actually presenting a total of $960,000 in funds to different entities throughout Anderson County. We are proud to do that,” Haslam said.
    Oliver Springs, which straddles Roane, Anderson and Morgan counties, received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for its water system.
    The grant requires a match by the city of $37,700 in local funds.

  • Innovative company finds better way

    A new way of fiberglass fabrication may not just save money but help the environment too.
    Daycab Co. hosted a three-day class on the latest technology in fabrication of fiberglass parts for a variety of industries from motorcycle and boats to its own, which is replacing sleeper cabs on trucks with daycabs fabricated in their Roane County Industrial Park facilities.
    The process includes using the shape of a mold for a part to make a silicon bag.

  • Lots of interest in county parks job, Woody says

    Interest in Roane County’s parks and recreation job is high. County Executive Ron Woody said his office received more than 30 applications for the director’s position.
    The deadline to submit applications was Sept. 14.
    “We could end up interviewing 10 or 15 of these folks,” Woody said.
    Former director Tony Brown went to work for the road department, which created the opening.
    Brown was making $41,863, but $15,000 of that was for serving as the county’s litter grant coordinator.