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Today's News

  • 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!”  

  • Kingston mayor elected treasurer of ETDD, ETHRA

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets was unanimously elected treasurer of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    Beets was elected to the office during the agencies’ annual business meetings and luncheon on March 8 in Rothchild Catering and Conference Center.   

    He will begin serving his term on July 1.

  • Pasture coverage deadline set

    April 1 is the deadline to obtain Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance coverage on pasture for the crop year 2011.

    Timely purchased coverage is a requirement to participate in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program if Roane County is approved for payments.

    Other disaster programs require all crops of significance to have either crop insurance or NAP coverage.

    Contact the Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston, or call 376-2392, Option 2 for details.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint from 9 to 10 p.m. March 25 at U.S. Hwy. 70 and Poland Hollow Road in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • 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.

    Gary S. Harris, speeding May 27. Traffic ticket paid July 7.

    Jessica L. Tallent, speeding June 2. Traffic ticket paid July 15.

    Jennifer M. Stubbs, speeding June 3. Traffic ticket paid July 9.

    Robert E. Schwear II, seat belt law June 3. Traffic ticket paid July 27.

    Amanda J. Glass, speeding June 12. Dismissed July 23, cost to defendant.

  • Cotillion expanding into Roane

    The National League of Junior Cotillions, a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, plans to establish its national program in Roane County.
     “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion,” said Elizabeth Anne Winters, National League of Junior Cotillions national director.
    The organization has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 34 states.

  • Spring’s the time to catch a train

    Travelers along Hwy. 58 or Blair Road in Roane County on the first or third Saturday of April may hear a diesel horn echoing through the hills, or see a very visible sign of spring in the vintage passenger train that looks like it rumbled right out of the 1940s.
    April is the month when buds on the trees of Poplar Creek Valley start turning green, and the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train starts showing up to take happy passengers through the hardwoods and meadows of the valley.

  • March Madness