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Today's News

  • State numbers show brighter jobs front

    Roane County continues to rebound from the recession if statistics on unemployment are any indication.

    Statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reflect a 6.6 percent November jobless rate for the county.

    That’s 0.7 percent lower than October’s 7.3 percent and means 26,150 of the county’s 28,010 workforce was working in November, state figures show.

    A year ago, the state recorded Roane County’s unemployment rate at 7.1 percent.

  • Incinerator shut down at Technology Park

    A one-of-a-kind waste incinerator, which began operations at the East Tennessee Technology Park more than 20 years ago, has been safely shut down.

    When the Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator began operations in 1990 on the former K-25 Site, the intent was to run it for five years to prove the technology worked.

    It was the only incinerator in the nation permitted to burn certain hazardous and radioactive wastes.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 31

    Christmas was really a great day for Julia Harris.

    Her children from Nashville and Knoxville came home to spend this day with her and their sister, Alicia Harris.

    Her children are Tabby Tayler and her son Jalen; Jeff Harris, his wife, Silvia, and their daughters, Courtney and Chelsea; Kristie and Malachi and their three children; and Sybil, her husband Tony Cannon, and their two children.

    They enjoyed a delicious meal with all the trimmings. Afterward, gifts were opened and all were more than happy for what they received.

  • Kingston kid helps hurricane victims

    Kingston Elementary School student Mason Edwards, center, and his brother, Jesse, present Will Cramer from the Anderson County American Red Cross office with money Mason collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    Mason made the decision on his own to find a box and collect money from his family, neighbors and friends, and his parents drove him to the Anderson County Red Cross office on Dec. 21 to drop off the $19.05 he collected.

  • Kick off the new year in a healthy way with a hike at a Tennessee State Park

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day in commemoration of the park system’s 75th anniversary.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

  • Hwy. dept. recycling Christmas trees, holiday greenery

    Roane County Highway Department will have a Christmas tree recycling event Jan. 2-3.

    Wreaths and garland will be accepted, but brush is prohibited.

    Christmas trees and greenery may be taken to the Roane County Highway Department at 3070 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

    All tinsel, lights and decorations should be removed from Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths before they are taken to the department for recycling.

    Call 882-9782 for more information.

  • Blood drives in Harriman, Kingston

    Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions.

    “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” said Christi  Fightmaster, Medic’s director of public relations.    

    Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals throughout the greater East Tennessee region.   

  • Plan ahead to prevent being a statistic this New Year's holiday

    As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds both drivers and passengers of the dangers on the roads on New Year’s Day.

    According to AAA, New Year’s Day consistently ranks as the day most alcohol-related fatalities occur.

    To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA supports ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders and offers important safety advice to partygoers.

  • Veterans nursing home option?

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is optimistic about the potential after his visit with the Veterans Administration to talk about turning the soon-to-be abandoned Roane Medical Center facility in downtown Harriman into a veterans hospital.
    “The meeting overall was a success, and I left them with an invitation to travel here and see the building and also let them know that we were open to the idea of them utilizing it for other things,” Mason said.

  • Seth moves on from mayor to emcee role

    Midtown Elementary’s Seth Gunter, 11, is articulate, clearly intelligent and thoughtful.
    It’s why he was selected to emcee the Junior Achievement Awareness Breakfast to benefit Junior Achievement of Tennessee. Seth was “discovered” while participating with other Midtown Elementary School fifth graders in Junior Achievement’s Biztown — the interactive mock town where students fill a variety of roles in a community.