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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Y-12 finishes final Recovery Act demolition

    Y-12 National Security Complex’s final Recovery Act-funded demolition project recently completed three months ahead of schedule when the final truckload of debris left the site of the former Biology Complex.
    The $26.5 million project removed four of the seven buildings from the complex and helped modernize the site through much-needed footprint reduction.
    The deactivation and decommissioning project eliminated 135,812 square feet of deteriorated facilities that will improve on-site safety, reduce environmental risk, and lower the site’s annual maintenance and security costs.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Ryan P. Burton, fail to exercise due caution Jan. 13. Dismissed Feb. 11, cost to defendant.

    Kenneth L. Allred III, fail to exercise due caution Jan.19. Dismissed Feb. 11, cost to state.

    David M. Johnson, financial responsibility Nov. 18. Dismissed Feb. 11, cost to state.

    Edwin M. Setteher, speeding Dec. 31. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 11.

  • Tractor Supply Co. celebrates grand opening

    Tractor Supply Co. in Rockwood officially opened its doors with a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on May 21.

    Manager Susan Brown thanked the city of Rockwood, Interstate Properties and the Roane County Chamber of Commerce for all of their help in getting Tractor Supply to Rockwood and Roane County.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts thanked Brown and all employees for coming to Rockwood, and Roane Chamber Director of Business Development Darrell Williams thanked everyone with Tractor Supply and all of those gathered for the celebration. 

  • Memory Lane Antiquities opens with ribbon cutting

    Memory Lane Antiquities at 507 N. Roane St., Harriman, had a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration May 14, courtesy of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce.

    Attending are Pat Mynatt, Harriman City Council member Ken Mynatt, Jimbo Duncan, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, owners Steffany and Ronnie Gilmore, Harriman City Council members Chase Tedder and Kenyon Mee, Philip Kelly and Heather Williams. 

  • Pinnacle Pointe developers suing official

    Business partners Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham are suing Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley for $3.3 million.

    Duncan and Kirkham allege Kerley damaged their reputations in a letter to the editor that was printed in the Roane County News last August.

    “These allegations by Charles R. Kerley were publicly printed and were untrue and constitute the defamatory acts of libel and slander,” the lawsuit states.  

  • '07 audit chastised Harriman mayoral hopefuls

    The past could come back to haunt the candidates in this year’s race for Harriman mayor.

    Both incumbent Mayor Chris Mason and opponent Wayne Best were accused of wrongdoing in the 2007 audit prepared by the municipal division of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

    Best, serving as fire chief at the time, was accused of attempting to use city funds to purchase a toolbox for his private vehicle.

    Best has long denied that claim.

  • Heroes of Tomorrow: Young people tell why they enlisted

    Rockwood's Josh Rose: 'Being part of something bigger'

  • TBI: Human trafficking reported in Roane

    Both adult and minor human sex trafficking has been reported in Roane County, according to a recent study by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Roane wasn’t alone, however.

    The study showed that a majority of the state’s counties have made reports about human sex trafficking.  

    “The results of the study are shocking,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn wrote. “Human trafficking and sex slavery in Tennessee is more common than previously believed possible.”

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested June 1 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for three to five minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.