Today's News

  • Kingston man pleads on credit union heist

    Kingston resident Bryan Scott Samples pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this month to robbing the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Hwy. in Knoxville on Jan. 23.

    He was remanded back to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending sentencing, which is scheduled for July 8 before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    Samples was originally scheduled to plead guilty on Feb. 18, but the hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.

    Samples walked into the Y-12 shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 and handed the teller a bank robbery demand note.

  • Stretch of Hwy. 27 to be repaved

    Tennessee Department of Transportation recently took out bids to pave Hwy. 27 from about 450 feet east of Hwy. 29 in Harriman to Dunn Street in Rockwood.

    The state awarded the contract to APAC-Atlantic, with a bid of $1.188 million.

    “Preconstruction conference has not been held yet so no word on when resurfacing will begin,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. The project has a due date on or before July 31.

    Harriman officials would like to see additional paving, including in Harriman’s downtown area.

  • Unemployment rate takes big jump

    Roane County’s unemployment rate increased by 1.1 percent in January, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The county’s jobless rate for January was 8.0 percent, state statistics show.

    That means 20,920 workers in the county’s 22,740 labor force were employed during the month.

    The increase was a big blow to county statistics, which had been reflecting decreases over the past few months, both on a monthly basis and from figures reported a year ago.

  • ORUD raises $4,700-plus to benefit SAFE

    Oak Ridge Utility District raised $4,714.69 during its recent “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser that helps people pay their utility bills.

    The fundraiser offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts in February, and the money raised this year “is a significant increase over 2014,” said Nikki Bradley, ORUD’s customer development and marketing manager.

    All proceeds from the sales benefit Project SAFE, which helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

  • Griffin Makes More Happen for RMC

    Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston is the recipient of a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service with the Fort Sanders Foundation and Roane Medical Center.

    The check was presented at the Rotary Club of Harriman meeting on Thursday, March 5.

  • Using social media in marketing to be focus of workshop

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will offer a seminar about social media marketing March 24.

    Jen Dangelo, director of the center, will lead “Social Media Marketing – the Smart Way,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT in Johnson Hall 401. Dangelo will talk about different sites, tricks and tools to manage them, and how social media can complement a business’ existing web presence.

  • Fossil Plant gives $5,000 for DAV van

    Employees at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant answered the call for financial support from the Disabled American Veterans Post 86.

    The Post recently replaced its van that takes area veterans to doctor appointments at Veterans Medical Centers at Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    Kingston Plant Manager Doug Keeling presented a $5,000 check to John Maliskey, van rider coordinator, and van drivers J.D. Tedder, Donald Carter and Keith Goldston.

    Carter is also a scrubber board operator, and Goldson is a pipefitter at the plant.

  • ‘Start of a great wave’: 620 high-paying jobs

    A Toronto, Canada, company that leads the way in 3-D printing and advanced metals technology is moving its international headquarters — and eventually 620 jobs — to Roane County.

    “This is a good day. It’s a very good day,” said Gov. Bill Haslam as he made the announcement.

    CVMR is already in the process of moving into the building at 103 Palladium Way in the Horizon Center off Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Global headquarters moving to Roane with 620 high-paying jobs

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was at the Horizon Center Friday to announce the move of the global headquarters of CVMR, a high-tech manufacturing and research and development facility, bringing with it 620 high-paying jobs to the new Roane County facility.

    The first wave of jobs will be 200, many of them engineers and researchers, and then a high-end manufacturing facility there will eventually add more than 400 more jobs.

  • Kingston library director hired



    Kingston’s Public Library is starting a new chapter.

    A South Carolina man is taking the library director’s job, ending a months-long spell with no one at the helm.

    Steve Parrott, formerly over collection development of the Kershaw County Library System near Columbia, S.C., accepted the job after the board made him an offer last week.

    He replaces longtime former director Steve Jacks, who was quietly let go by the library board last fall.