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Today's News

  • Elk hunt winners announced

    Four persons have won the right to participate in Tennessee’s fourth-ever managed elk hunt to be held in October at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The winners were recently announced during the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission Wildlife Management Committee meeting 

  • Narramore looks to rebuild Jackets

    Sometimes you don’t have to go far when searching for a new coach.

    When Roane County High School started looking for a coach to take over for Stephen Plemons, they chose one of their own as former Jacket star Colt Narramore will guide the squad next season.

  • Parents in custody

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death are in police custody.

    Officers escorted Matthew Dotson into the Roane County Jail around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Amanda Dotson was picked up in Cocke County. She was booked into the Roane County Jail around 10 p.m.

    The Dotsons were indicted for first-degree murder by the Roane County grand jury.

    Authorities said their son, Clifford, died of severe malnutrition.

  • Facility dispositions waste for 10 years

    After 10 years of operation, the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility has safely dispositioned 1.45 million tons of waste from cleanup projects across the U.S. Department of Energy  Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The facility, which is near the Y-12 National Security Complex, began operating on May 28, 2002.

    This state-of-the-art, engineered disposal facility has a capacity of 2.18 million cubic yards.

  • Marking Year One
  • Workshop to help with starting up a new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 27 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

  • Roane, state jobless rates drop in April

    Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped marginally in April to 7.2 percent.

    That’s a difference of 0.3 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state reports 25,570 workers in the county’s 27,560 labor force were employed in April.

    In January 2011, the county recorded a jobless rate at 8 percent, 0.8 percent higher than the most recent figures.

  • General Sessions Court: April 9-20, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 9 — Christina N. Williford, driving while license suspended amended to driving without license and possess unlawful drug paraphernalia attempt. Guilty.

    • Cheryl Viles, simple possession/casual exchange. Judicial diversion.

    • Elker E. Washington, probation violation. Recalled arrest process.

  • FAST with the pigskin

    Madison Rossi-Dupas shows off her football skills at last week’s FAST Football Academy at Roane State.

    Madison was among the more than 50 children who attended the camp that was put on by area coaches Wiley Brackett, Brian Pankey and John Webb.

  • ‘Same as last year:’ No county property tax increase, and workers to get more in their paychecks

    Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year should give taxpayers and county employees a reason to feel good.

    There will be no increase in the property tax rates — and county workers are in line to get a 2-percent raise.

    The budget committee voted to recommend the raise at last Thursday’s meeting.