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Today's News

  • Roane Medical tops in surgical care

    Roane Medical Center’s surgery department ranked 90 percent or higher in measures gathered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The scores of the Harriman-based hospital surpassed state and national averages.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gathers data for hospital process of care measures to help patients better determine where they will receive their health-care services.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Dylan E. Spurgeon, reckless driving April 4. Dismissed May 28, cost to defendant.

    Ashley N. Ashbrook, financial responsibility April 3. Guilty as charged May 28, convicted.

    James A. Lakin, speeding July 5, 2009. Failed to appear May 28, convicted.

    Rachel L. Webb, speeding Jan. 31, 2010. Traffic ticket paid May 28.

  • OR's Ritter suspended from law practice

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter has been temporarily suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, the court suspended Ritter for failing to respond to the board about a complaint of misconduct.

    The board said court rules call for the immediate suspension of an attorney who does that.

  • Roane County E-911 January dispatches
  • Roane County Chamber of Commerce 2011 Legislative Agenda

    Economic Development & Tourism

    Development, expansion and restoration of key economic drivers involving industrial, retail and tourism development efforts.

    + Adequate funding to complete Phase III building requirements of the Roane State Exposition Center to enhance Roane County tourism and agricultural activities.

    + Funding to local governments for land acquisition, infrastructure support, and building construction to meet industrial development recruitment and retention needs.

  • Hurley up for capitol work

    Julia Hurley is busy.

    As one of the newest members of the Tennessee House of Representatives, she’s working to put together her Roane County office on the top floor of Harriman’s Temperance Building.

    Frames are ready to hang, and the back room’s Christmas decorations storage is ready to be cleared out as she put final touches on the office for her weekend open house and first full week of meetings and committees starting today, Monday, in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza.

  • Norfolk Southern supports Midtown VFD

    The Midtown Volunteer Fire Department recently received $1,000 from Norfolk Southern’s safety discretionary fund.

    On hand for the presentation of the funds are, from left, train master Mike Critchley, CNS supervisor David Browning, track supervisor Greg Carlyle, signal maintainer Robby Thornton and Midtown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randy Scarborough. 

    “We appreciate this,” Scarborough said. “The money will be spent on safety and training for the guys at the fire department.” 

  • 'American Idol' gives Arthur the gold-ticket treatment

    Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur has made it to Hollywood on FOX’s popular “American Idol” talent-show-type series.

    The 20-year-old singer auditioned for the show’s 10th season in Austin, Texas, where she performed Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey” and Shania Twain’s more up-tempo “No One Needs to Know.”

    Judges interrupted Arthur’s second song with praise.

    “So good!” proclaimed Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, one of the show’s three judges this season.

  • Divorces: Nov. 4-18

    Divorces granted Nov. 4-18 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    Amanda J. Ramsey vs. Daniel J. Ramsey

    Jimmy Keith Watson vs. Amanda Caroline Noble

    Sonya Renee Woodall Gould vs. Derwin Wayne Gould

    Jill Marie Stonecipher Goldschmitt vs. Richard Frederich Goldschmitt III

    Pamela June Bledsoe Wallace vs. Roger Stephen Wallace

    Kimberley Marie Hailey vs. Richard Wayne Hailey

    Gregory Adam Vann vs. Christine Page Vann

  • Jobless rate holds steady in December

    Roane County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in December at 7.6 percent, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That means 26,050 workers in the county’s 28,180 labor force were employed during the month.

    Roane County’s jobless rate was also the fifth-lowest in the state for December. Lincoln and Williamson counties held on to the top two spots at 6.2 and 6.5 percent, respective-
    ly.