Today's News

  • 'Round Rockwood: April 30

    When we — my twin sister, Margaret Ramsey, and I  — were little, we had a pet hen.

    Miss Hen had her leg almost amputated when my father was mowing and didn’t see Miss Hen hiding in the tall grass. He mowed so close it almost cut off her leg.

    He got off his mower and took her to the house, into the kitchen, where Mama had a table. He held her down while Mama put a bandage on her injured leg and she could walk.

    She could even talk in her hen language.

  • Roane’s job figures still looking good

    Statistics released late last week indicate that Roane County’s employment situation continues to look better.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports the county’s March unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

    That means 25,620 workers in the county’s 27,700 labor force were employed last month.

    Those numbers are also better than the same period last year, when Roane County recorded a jobless rate at 7.9 percent.

  • UCOR on luncheon program

    Tony Fountain of URS/CH2MHill Oak Ridge, LLC, will be the guest speaker during the next East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association monthly membership luncheon.

    Fountain will discuss UCOR and the East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly K-25 Plant) during the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. May 2 in Double Tree Hotel, Oak Ridge.

    Lunch is $15 for members; those who are not members of the organization pay $20 each.

    RSVP by contacting Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 no later than 10 a.m. May 1.

  • ACE helps area companies grow

    Roane State Community College’s new Advanced Composites Employment accelerator is more than a training program.

    The grant-funded program also teaches companies, including small businesses, how they can utilize breakthroughs in the composites industry to grow and create jobs.

    “It’s an economic development opportunity with a training component to it,” ACE director Mike Farmer said during the recent kickoff meeting for the program at Tech 20/20. “That’s the purpose of what we are doing.”

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Archer’s brings Memphis-style barbecue to Farragut

    When my longtime friend, Nick Drewry, suggested Archer’s BBQ for an “Out to Lunch” visit, I had to ask where it was.

    Nick lives in Farragut, where you’ll find Archer’s. He’s the former publisher of the Roane County News, and a member of my Kingston First Baptist Sunday school class.

  • Opening grand for Peoples Home Equity


  • OS vice principal charge dismissed

    The domestic assault case against Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna R. Moore was dismissed in Morgan County General Sessions Court last Thursday.

    “She was very relieved to have it over with as anyone would be who was in that situation,” her attorney Browder Williams said.

    Donna Moore was arrested on Jan. 26 after her husband, Craig Moore, accused her of assault.

    He didn’t show up in court last Thursday. His attorney, Jamie Brooks, asked that the case be dismissed, according to court records.

  • TWRA hosting outdoor workshop for women in Crossville

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host its 2012 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop June 8-10 in Crossville at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center. 

  • Jackets finish busy week in tennis

    The Kingston tennis teams had a busy week last week as the Jackets and Lady Jackets played three matches in four days.

  • District races cloudy entering final week

    With only a few days left in the regular season, a lot has yet to be determined as far as Roane County’s baseball and softball teams are concerned.