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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Workshop to help with starting new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.

  • This week's hoops schedule

    Monday, Feb. 7

    Coalfield at Kingston (High School)

     

    Tuesday, Feb. 8

  • Kingston sweeps Rockwood

    The Kingston Lady Jackets were the ultimate opportunists Thursday evening against the Rockwood Lady Tigers, using 21 team steals to cruise to a 58-40 victory. 

  • Barnard, Dishman sign with Roane State

    Roane State didn’t play a game on Friday, but the Raiders did turn a double play of sorts as Harriman seniors Cody Barnard and Tyler Dishman signed scholarship papers to play baseball for David Lane’s squad.

  • Gearing up for Spring
  • News critics still have plenty of options out there

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    After 40 years on the job, the Minnesota News Council is closing down.
    Council President Tony Carideo has said public complaints are down and so is corporate support for the independent news-review operation.
    Carideo noted that e-mail and Twitter now provide  virtually instantaneous ways for people to raise their concerns directly with journalists — presumably in contrast to the relatively lengthy notification-and-hearing process involved in council proceedings.