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Today's News

  • Rockwood Sonic up for national games

    Rockwood’s Sonic-Drive-In crew is one of top 300 stores in the nation in the Dr Pepper Sonic Games, an annual competition recognizing the top Sonic Drive-ins in the country.
    Restaurant workers will learn soon if it is one of the top 48. Those finalists will be whittled down to the coveted top 12, which will participate in September’s Dr Pepper Sonic Games national finals.
    “They announce on a weekly basis through July. They do it zone by  zone,” said manager Dwan Garrett of the announcement of who is on the top 48.

  • Roane jobless rate down, but higher than ’10

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development statistics released last month indicate that Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent in May.
    The 8.3 percent rate, however, is half a percent higher than last year, when the state reported the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent.
    A state ranking of the 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates no longer includes Roane County, although both Washington and Cheatham counties, respectively in the No. 9 and 10 slots, also report an 8.3 percent May jobless rate.

  • Study ranks Tenn. 18th in business appeal

    Tennessee tied for 18th with Florida in CNBC’s latest rankings of the top states for business.
    Three states that border Tennessee — Virginia (No. 1), North Carolina (No. 3) and Georgia (No. 4) ranked in the top 5.
    “We scored all 50 states on 43 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness,” CNBC senior correspondent Scott Cohn wrote about the rankings.

  • Citifinancial now known as OneMain

    Harriman’s Citifinancial office at 1106 S. Roane St. is now officially OneMain Financial.
    The name change became effective July 1. Branch Manager Rhonda Badger said it will not impact the products and services customers have come to know and appreciate.
    “We’ll continue to work with each customer, one-on-one, to find a loan option that’s right for them and be here when they need us,” she said. “The new name better fits who we are and what we do.”

  • Initiative connects veterans to high-tech jobs

    As America celebrates the nation’s freedom on this Fourth of July holiday, the Tennessee Valley Corridor is also celebrating a highly successful program that is not only answering a vital technical training and workforce need facing the region and the nation, but one that is also helping recent U.S veterans with education and employment after their military career.

  • Rockwood Sonic up for national games

    Rockwood’s Sonic Drive-In crew is one of top 300 stores in the nation in the Dr Pepper Sonic Games, an annual competition recognizing the top Sonic Drive-ins in the country.

    Restaurant workers will learn soon if it is one of the top 48. Those finalists will be whittled down to the coveted top 12, which will participate in September’s Dr Pepper Sonic Games national finals.

    “They announce on a weekly basis through July. They do it zone by  zone,” said manager Dwan Garrett of the announcement of who is on the top 48.

  • Roane jobless rate down, but higher than ’10

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development statistics released last month indicate that Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent in May.

    The 8.3 percent rate, however, is half a percent higher than last year, when the state reported the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent.

    A state ranking of the 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates no longer includes Roane County, although both Washington and Cheatham counties, respectively in the No. 9 and 10 slots, also report an 8.3 percent May jobless rate.

  • 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.

    April 1 cases disposed:

    Dustin J. Addington, first-offense seat belt 16-17. Dismissed, cost to state. Financial responsibility law. Guilty as charged.

    Patrick L. Amans, driver license-address req. within 10 days. Dismissed, cost to state.

    Katherine J. Barger, first-offense seat belt 16-17. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Tax vote next week: City residents to pay more, rates down for rural folks

    Rural property owners are still in line to receive a property tax rate decrease.

    Those who own land inside the cities might not be as fortunate, however.

    The property tax rates for cities are set to increase under Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The budget committee passed the proposed tax rates 3-1 on June 30.

    Commissioners Ron Berry, Bobby Collier and Jerry Goddard voted yes. Commissioner Randy Ellis voiced the lone no vote.      

  • Public housing in Harriman may lose funds

    Harriman Housing Authority is at risk of losing significant federal funds because of the poor condition of many of its developments’ streets and sidewalks.

    Officials believe the agency that oversees public housing in the city could lose at least $100,000 a year in funding unless improvements are made. That loss is one that could devastate the agency, which is already hurting from budget cuts.