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Today's News

  • Roane jobless rate steady at 7.8 percent

    Roane County’s unemployment rate held steady in August at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the rate, unchanged from July’s showings, is down significantly from a year ago.

    In August 2009, the state reported Roane County had a 9.5 unemployment rate.

    The latest figures also indicate Roane County has the fifth-lowest rate in the state.

  • Sheriff's office sets five-week citizens academy

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office has spots available for its Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

    Over the course of five weeks, participants in the academy will receive classroom and hands-on instruction from area law-enforcement officers.

    Topics will include criminal investigations, crime-scene investigations, defensive driving tactics, narcotics and methamphetamine education, K-9 operations and capabilities, firearms training and patrol duties and defensive tactics.     

  • Tigers win at Coalfield, 24-13

    By TANK JOHNSON

    Roane Newspapers

  • OS tops Midway, 34-12

    With Oliver Springs and Midway both struggling to find where they stand in the football world, Oliver Springs used an explosive fourth quarter to get past Midway Friday night, 34-12. 

  • Slow start costs Kingston

    Kingston’s unbeaten season came to a close Friday night as the Jackets spotted the Lenoir City Panthers a 21-7 halftime lead and fell 28-20  despite a fourth quarter rally.

  • Harriman bombs Jellico, 46-0

    In a "Battle Of The Blue Devils", it was total domination by the Harriman Blue Devils over Jellico, winning 46-0 Friday night at Wallace Black Field. 

  • Who caused Rockwood's utility mess?

    Robert Duane Pawley may not know who is to blame for the financial crisis facing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    He’s very clear, however, on who is not.

    “I do not see a valid reason why the consumer should have to pay the ticket for bad management, other than the fact that somebody’s got to pay,” the Chamberlain Avenue resident said. “To put the full burden on the citizens, I think, is improper and inappropriate.”

  • County budget committee gets back to work

    The budget committee had a lengthy discussion about Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year on Monday.   

    New County Executive Ron Woody said the budget was put together by the budget committee that existed before he took office on Sept. 1.  

    Two members of the current budget committee, commissioners Bobby Collier and Ron Berry, also served on the previous one.  

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A perfect weekend can last and last

    Summer, going into fall, is my favorite time of year. This year, the transition season seemed to reward me for my loyalty.

    For months, I’d had an outing planned — one that involved a river, the mountains and a tiny town tucked between them.

    I rallied a few friends to come along and then braced myself — knowing full well that when the designated weekend arrived, we would be rained out.

    Even when the forecasts called for perfect weather, I shrugged.

    I knew there would be a hitch.

  • EPA sets details for Knoxville hearing on ash

    Summer, going into fall, is my favorite time of year. This year, the transition season seemed to reward me for my loyalty.

    For months, I’d had an outing planned — one that involved a river, the mountains and a tiny town tucked between them.

    I rallied a few friends to come along and then braced myself — knowing full well that when the designated weekend arrived, we would be rained out.

    Even when the forecasts called for perfect weather, I shrugged.

    I knew there would be a hitch.