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Today's News

  • Progress takes a turn on Midtown’s Hwy. 70

    Growing business along Hwy. 70 means more roadwork on the busy stretch of highway.
    Earlier this month a crew from Yates Construction dug up a stretch of roadway that served as an acceleration lane for drivers leaving Harriman’s Pinnacle Pointe development going toward Kingston.
    Teddy Yates said plans are to install a left-turning lane for the physicians plaza that is being constructed across from the shopping center.
    “They have to do the road improvements for the development,” Yates explained.

  • WIC program gets new look

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is working to improve the health of low-income women and children in the face of challenges such as childhood obesity and increases in chronic disease.

    WIC’s food package now offers a wider variety of
    nutritious foods that are lower in fat, higher in fiber and more culturally appropriate.

    “The improved WIC food package follows the Diet-

  • Assessment OK'd for fire depts.

    Volunteerism is key for Roane County’s five fire departments, but the field of those willing to step forward is diminishing.

    “We’re down to 12 guys who can run calls,” said James Grant, chief of South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department. “We had roughly 85 people when I came on 11 years ago.”

    Though the numbers differ, fire chiefs of the county’s other departments echo that problem. According to Grant, it’s a crunch felt everywhere.

  • Luxury ‘on the hill’? Office furnishings ‘unfair assessment,’ Berry says

    What some call extravagant digs “up on the hill” at the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas warehouse on Church Street has continued to be a topic long after the resignation of former general manager Rod King.

    Office space inside the warehouse has been improved in recent years with manpower from the utility staff. Those improvements do include the often-talked-about two flat-screen televisions and faux leather couches.

  • High-speed chase ends in Rockwood

    Two people were arrested March 6 after a high-speed chase ended with a crash in Rockwood.

    Nancy A. Lawson of 2541 Linden Ave., Knoxville, and Jason Ray Hackler of 141 East William Circle, Rockwood, were clocked driving 58 mph in a 40-mph zone in a stolen 2007 Chevrolet HHR.

    When attempts were made to stop the vehicle, the arrest report indicates that Hackler switched into the driving position heading south on Hwy. 27 into Rhea County and accelerated to “excess” speeds of 110 mph.

  • Pick Up Stix offering something different

    Some businessmen might view an empty building next door as a deterrent.

    Eddie Lee sees it as an opportunity to give Roane County diners something new and different.

    “What have we got around here that’s like it?” he said about Pick Up Stix Habachi Express, the Japanese-style restaurant he’s preparing to open in the former Shack’s Restaurant on Rockwood’s North Gateway Avenue.

    Cleanup is under way of the building that neighbors the flagship of Lee’s Big E’s convenience stores.

  • Ex-SNL scribe to talk on education

    Author and former “Saturday Night Live” writer Leland Gregory will discuss the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 during the next Roane County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon.

    The luncheon begins at noon in the cafeteria faculty lounge on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

    Space is limited. Call the Chamber at 376-5572 for reservations.

    The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010  is a provocative statewide effort.  

  • Unemployment rate up in all 95 counties

    All of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported increases in their unemployment rates for January, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s rate jumped to 8.5 percent, up 1 percent over the December number.

    That means 25,720 of the county’s 28,110-strong labor force was employed during the month

  • Goody’s interviews for Rockwood store

    Cindy Goodman, right, of Ten Mile interviews for a position at Rockwood Goody’s with Cyndi Latta, store manager in Cookeville, during a recent open interview in Rockwood Community Center. 

    Rockwood’s Brittony Wester, background, also interviews with Sweetwater manager Cathy Myhre.

    The Rockwood store is scheduled to open April 7 in Roane County Center on North Gateway Avenue.

  • Alexander tops at MMC in February

    Sandra Alexander of Kingston, a registered nurse in the surgery department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, was named February’s MMCer of the Month.  

    In her position, Alexander cares for surgery patients, organizes the surgery room and schedule, and provides assistance to her co-workers and surgeons.

    Alexander has been with Methodist since 1991.

    Alexander is described by Mickie White, nurse manager in the surgery department, as “a great employee!”