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Today's News

  • Health-care changes have repercussions here

    Unknowns about the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, are affecting workers compensation cases in Roane County.
    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III turned down two settlement agreements in early December.
    One woman wept at the delay because she needed the settlement money in order to deal with a family matter.
    In both cases, Williams expressed reservations about approving the agreements due to uncertainty about the future of health care in America.
    He directed the parties to negotiate again and re-submit their proposals.

  • Hangover do’s, don’t’s

    Want to avoid the misery of a New Year’s hangover? Loyola University Health System family physician Dr. Aaron Michelfelder offers the following tips:
    Before the Party:
    • Plan to drink moderately — a maximum of five drinks for men and three drinks for women during a minimum three-hour period.
    • To prevent inflammation, take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or Aleve.
    During the Party:
    • Eat first, and then drink, not the other way around. Food slows the absorption of alcohol.

  • Houston land deeded over

    A trustee’s deed has been recorded in the Roane County Register of Deeds Office on three tracts of Houston family property.
    James F. Logan Jr., a Cleveland, Tenn., attorney who represented Leon Houston in his murder case, is listed as the new owner of the property.  The trustee’s deed, dated Sept. 21,was filed with the office in November.
    “To the best of my knowledge, the actual consideration or value of the property at the time of purchase and until the Houstons are ejected from the property is $105,000,” the deed said.

  • Christmas decoration winner announced
  • 2013 the year in preview

    New hospital

    Roane Medical Center is moving from downtown Harriman to a new facility in Midtown in February. Not only does the move have the potential to change medicine in Roane County, but it also is having a huge impact on the county’s burgeoning new economic center in Midtown. Many medical offices have already made the move there, and, more recently, a gas station and fast food restaurant have announced plans to build near the hospital.  

    Downtown Harriman

  • Roane’s top educators on Chamber board

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently unanimously voted to add the county's top two educators, Chris Whaley and Gary Aytes, to its board.

    Whaley is the new president of Roane State Community College.

    Aytes was appoin-
    ted director of Roane County Schools earlier this year.

    “The education of our future workforce is key to the success of our business sector in Roane County,” Chamber President Leslie Henderson said.

  • Enrichment collects more to keep kids warm

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s annual gloves and mittens collections were up this year, requiring bigger totes to carry donations back to each elementary school for disbursement.

    Bigger totes mean bigger hearts as the project continues to grow each year.

  • Extended federal unemployment benefits ending

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning the estimated 30,000 unemployment claimants who are receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that they are facing the abrupt end of those benefits when the program expires on Jan. 2.

    In 2008, Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program — commonly known as EUC08 — to provide unemployment benefits to workers who had exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).

  • 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.