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Today's News

  • Jobless numbers improve in April

    Roane County’s employment front improved slightly in April, with the jobless rate at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.3 percent lower than in March. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.3 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Letting go: After 31 years, Bowers principal calls it a career

    Educating Harriman’s children has been a big part of Candace Lett’s life.

    From classroom teacher to superintendent of the now-defunct Harriman City Schools system, she’s played a major role in the lives of generations of Harriman students.

    After spending years as principal of Bowers Elementary, Lett is drawing that part of her life story to a close. She retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

  • Industry Appreciation Breakfast: C.R. Barger & Sons tops, ORNL most beautiful of 2013

    C.R. Barger & Sons, a fifth-generation family company that’s operated for 60 years in Roane County, is Roane County Industrial Development Board’s 2013 Industry of the Year.

    The company received the honor during the recent Industry Appreciation Breakfast on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    The board also recognized Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the 2013 Beautification Award.

  • Rockwood eyeing second tax rate hike in two years

    Last year’s 15-cent property tax rate increase met squabbles amongst Rockwood City Council members.

    But a proposed 5-cent hike to 95 cents per $100 valuation in the 2014 draft budget didn’t get a lot of debate during recent budget talks.

    In fact, the usually vocal Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has remained largely silent so far, although earlier in the year she said she would not support raising taxes.

  • Ready to hear about ash cleanup progress

    Donna Campbell of Harriman waits for the TVA public meeting to start Thursday in the Roane County High School auditorium.

    The meeting was to address progress on the cleanup of the area affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    According to TVA, 94 percent of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment as of May 26.

  • Kingston’s Hyder helps flood victims

    By Stan Gilbert, For Roane Newspapers

    She admits her Spanish is somewhat lacking, but a language obstacle didn't prevent Red Cross volunteer Debbie Hyder of Kingston from helping a mostly Hispanic population in Illinois following the April floods.

  • Neighbor accused of robbing Harriman eatery

    A Harriman woman is accused of getting more than take-out at the Chinese restaurant Yum Yums No. 8 last Tuesday.

    Rebecca Lee Sandifer, 34, 1108 S. Roane St., was arrested for aggravated burglary for allegedly taking off with $325 from the cash register.

    Sandifer lived across the street from the restaurant.

    “We kind of had a good suspect within 30 minutes of the robbery,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    “By 2 a.m., we had her in custody.”

  • Church raising money with ice cream to feed Roane County hungry

    Harriman Courts of Praise Church is starting its daily meals today, Monday.

    The meals, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, are the church’s effort to ensure that area children don’t go hungry during the summer months.

    The church is always seeking donations for its ever-expanding food program, and it has hit on a unique plan to raise money during the summer months.

    Starting Friday, the church is opening its Epic Delight ice cream shop next to Rocky Top General Store.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 3

    Beulah Vassar of Chattanooga recently passed away.

    He was a cousin of Gloria Ward and other family members. This family has our deepest sympathy.

    Last Sunday, St. Mary’s Baptist Church celebrated our annual homecoming of 123 years. We had a great Sunday school, and the morning message was delivered by the pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr. He spoke from 2 Corinthians 7:14. Music was provided by the gospel choir. A delicious meal was served after this service.

  • New or bigger jail in near future? Interest close to amount borrowed to build facility

    Less than four years after opening, the Roane County Jail is already dealing with the overcrowding problems that prompted its construction.

    But long before the jail debt is paid off in 2033, the county may have to build a new facility or add on to the current one.

    “At the rate the population is growing, it will probably have to be within the next six to eight years,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.