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Today's News

  • Federal jobless benefits continue through end of ’13

    The American Taxpayer Relief Act, which became law last week, extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through Jan. 1, 2014.

    The federal benefits were slated to expire at the end of 2012 with claimants receiving their last payment the first week of January.

    The benefits, or EUC08, is a federally funded program providing unemployment benefits to about 30,000 Tennesseans who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).

  • VECustomers Share gives to Roane agencies

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program recently awarded $3,000 in grants to Roane County agencies.

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.3 million to various community-service organizations.

    Roane County groups receiving recent grants include Operation REACH, $2,000; Midway High School’s Spanish Club, $500; John Knox Center, $250; and Midway High School Clothes Closet, $250.

  • Pearman to speak to Contract Management Association

    Former Roane County attorney Joel Pearman will be the guest speaker for the Jan. 9 meeting of The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.

    Pearman, a principal in Acquisition Strategies of Tennessee, will disucss contractor purchasing system review during the meeting, which begins at 11:30 a.m. in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel.

    Lunch for members is $15, non-members pay $20.

    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 10 a.m. Jan 8.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Family outing a treat at La Parrilla Mexican Grill

    I listen to music when working in my office. Maybe hearing Jose Feliciano singing “Feliz Navidad” several times during the Christmas season influenced my decision to choose Knoxville’s La Parrilla Mexican Grill as my latest “Out To Lunch” adventure.

    It also could have been wanting a change from being overstuffed with the holiday fare of turkey, dressing, dumplings and cranberry sauce; or ham, sweet potatoes and green beans.

  • Cherokee, Midway Middle open 2013 with split

    Cherokee and Midway Middle School met for the second time this season Thursday night at Midway. 

    Cherokee’s girls picked up a sweep after a 29-7 victory, but Midway’s boys earned a split when they held off the Yellow Jackets for a 33-28 win. 

  • Devils net one win in Cordell Classic

    The Harriman Blue Devils recently hosted the 2012 Jim Cordell Christmas Classic, but playing three games in three days didn’t go as well as the host team would have liked as Harriman picked up just one win against two losses.

  • Youth teams battle in Christmas Classic

    The 2012 KOC/RSCC Christmas Classic was held recently at Roane State’s gymnasium as well as Cherokee Middle School.  

  • Pinnacle Pointe negotiations possible

    Might there be a more amicable conclusion to the ongoing litigation between Harriman and the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center?
    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson got agreement from council to meet with Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham about the ongoing dispute which centers around a state audit that found the developers owed the city $234,685 toward public funds spent on private development.
    In response, the developers argued the city owes them about $274,000.
    Since then, both parties have claimed the other could owe substantially.

  • Partnership helps youth learn about health jobs

    Rockwood High School students interested in the health sciences now have opportunities to learn more about career paths and get volunteer hours to boot.
    Rockwood High School now has Explorer Post 3366, a new entity that started meeting monthly in October.
    Staff at The Bridge at Rockwood have done various demonstrations and talked about issues including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
    Students have also gained opportunities to job shadow employees, such as occupational and physical therapists.

  • Roane bucks trend, road fatalities are down in 2012

    Nine people died in traffic accidents in Roane County last year compared to 12 in 2011. That trend didn’t play out across the state.
    According to statistics compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety, 1,013 died on the road last year, compared to  937 the year before.
    “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing to place an emphasis on  seat belt and DUI enforcement, such as No Refusal, to address this increase,” said Dalya Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.