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Today's News

  • Mr. & Mrs. Wattenbarger

    Jacquelyn Jacoby and H. Lloyd Wattenbarger were married on April 24 aboard the Queen Mary II in the North Atlantic on a return voyage from England.

    Capt. Paul Wright officiated during the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of the late Albert Smith and the late Marion Lunsford.

    The groom is the son of the late Henry Wattenbarger and the late Christine Taylor Wattenbarger.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Weaver

    Tonja Coranne Widick and Ricky Lee Weaver were married in a private outdoor ceremony at noon Feb. 14 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Chaplain Jim Eastin officiated during the double-ring ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Marion E. and Ruth A. Kettelhut Widick of Nebraska and southern Utah.

    The groom is the son of Maria J. Misamer Weaver of Germany and Tennessee and the late Elmer L. Weaver of Knoxville.

  • Disc golf tourney set for June 19

    Roane County Park will be hosting a 2011 AT&T disc golf series event on Sunday June, 19 at 9:30 a.m.

    The tournament will consist of two 18-hole rounds and the cost to enter is anywhere from $25 to $50 depending on skill level.

  • Youth fishing tournament set for June 11

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, in conjunction with several area organizations and businesses, will be presenting a Boat or Bank Big Fish Youth Fishing  Tournament on Saturday, June 11.

    The tournament will be held at the Gravel Pit in Kingston.

  • TWRC establishes hunting seasons

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the 2011-12 hunting seasons during its May meeting that concluded Friday, May 20 at the Ray Bell Region II Office Building.

  • Midway players take 3-A honors

    The 20011 baseball and softball seasons went well in Midway and the Green Waves were recently rewarded with 10 selections to the 2011 All District 3-A teams, including winning or sharing the three top awards.

  • Roane slips from elite jobless rate showing

    What a difference a month makes.
    Roane County’s unemployment rate has consistently been among Tennessee’s five lowest for more than a year.
    That all changed in April, according to statistics released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    Roane County, which held the state’s fourth-lowest jobless rate at 7.7 percent in March, slipped to ninth place last month with an increase of 0.7 to 8.4 percent, the state reported.
    That increase, in fact, is somewhat higher than in April 2010, when the county registered an 8.2 unemployment rate.

  • Summer’s the perfect time to think about taxes

    The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers to know that certain summertime activities may qualify them for tax benefits.
    Some tax issues, however, must be handled correctly now to avoid problems later, said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.
    Boone offers tips from the IRS to help lower taxes and avoid tax problems:

  • Leadership class plans symposium

    The Leadership Roane County class of 2011 will present the fourth annual Symposium on Powerful Teaching in June.
    The symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 18 at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.
    The event is for educators from all grade levels.
    A continental breakfast and lunch are included with the $15 registra-tion.
    The registration deadline is June 10.
    The symposium is titled “On the Cutting Edge.” Topics will include innovations in the classroom, technology in education and creative teaching on a budget.

  • State to restore extended benefits

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making preparations to reinstate unemployment benefits for claimants in the Extended Benefit program.
    Tennessee triggered off of the federal extension of benefits in mid-April.
    The General Assembly passed legislation on May 21 to retroactively reinstate the Extended Benefit program back to April 16.
    The bill will become law upon signing by Gov. Bill Haslam.
    The passage of the bill allows those who were in the last 20 of 99 weeks available to resume benefits while looking for work.