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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: As in the past, spice traders are still carving out history

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In every country and all the religions of the world, scent has played a large part for many centuries.

    People everywhere respond to scent, and more of history than we may realize has been dependent upon spices, herbs and plants.

    From the days of the earliest civilizations, mankind has known and prized the benefits of those seeds, barks, buds, roots and berries we call spices.

    But until more recent times, there was great difficulty to obtain them because of their exotic sources.

  • Debit card claim option

    Effective Jan. 18, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will begin offering unemployed workers Visa debit cards and direct deposit for receiving their unemployment benefits.

    The options will be offered to newly unemployed workers as they apply for unemployment benefits.  

    Claimants currently receiving benefits can also enroll for debit cards or direct deposit payments online at https://ui.tn.gov. In the future, all claimants will receive their unemployment benefits electronically.

  • Do lasers play part in forensics?

    Madhavi Martin will discuss the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in forensics applications during the upcoming Friends of ORNL monthly luncheon lecture meeting.

    The talk on Jan. 19.  will focus on LIBS that has been used to detect elements for a variety of samples specifically for forensic applications.  

    The meeting in the UT Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, begins with a social time at 11 a.m.

    Lunch is $7 and starts at 11:30, with the lecture from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Snow days almost gone

    Roane County Schools is close to depleting its allotted snow days.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the system had blocked off 11 for the school year. Eight have been used so far.

    Snow and ice blanketed the area last week because of a winter storm and persistent cold temperatures.

    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said crews were out treating roads on Friday because there were still some icy spots around the county.

    “Most of them are in areas that don’t get a lot of sun,” he said.

  • Tax hikes, layoffs pitched for EMS fix

    There was a lot of discussion about the ambulance service during a committee meeting on Thursday.

    A recommendation on what to do about the financial problems will come another day.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett said he wanted the members of the ambulance committee to have time to digest what was said before they make a recommendation.

    “I want different ideas about all things we’ve been told,” Brummett said.

  • Food City on board for Healthy Living

    Food City and the University of Tennessee Medical Center have formed a partnership to expand the educational and informational Healthy Living Kitchen program to reach communities throughout the area.

    Consisting of a registered dietitian, cardiac nurse specialist and senior executive chef from UT Medical Center, the Healthy Living Kitchen team presents healthy cooking classes and provides information on nutrition, label reading and making the right choices while grocery shopping.

  • State bid-calling champ

    Ronnie Colyer of Ronnie Colyer Auction and Realty, Ten Mile, recently won the 2010 Tennessee Auctioneer Bid-Calling Championship in Nashville.

    This was Colyer’s fifth try for the state title.

    He will compete in the International Auctioneer Championship this July in Orlando.
     

  • Authorities: Former exec hopeful threatened to blow up Nashville studio

    The harassment charges against former Roane County executive candidate Miles Ledbetter Jr. stem from threats he allegedly made against Sony Music.

    According to an affidavit, Ledbetter called Sony Music offices in Nashville on Dec. 23 and threatened to blow up employees and members of the music community.

    His phone number was identified by Sony Music’s caller ID system.

    Robert J. Creighton, director of international security for Sony Music, called Ledbetter on Christmas Eve and left a message for him to call back.

  • Haslam touts job creation during Y-12 visit

    Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy Haslam, made one of their final East Tennessee stops before Saturday's inauguration at Y-12 National Security Complex.

    Haslam spoke to an audience about 200 economic development and elected officials about the need for regional cooperation and workforce development, and leveraging each region’s unique capabilities to create jobs. The visit took place last Thursday.

  • Roane State Music Recital