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Today's News

  • Treasures still on tap

    Nov. 6 came and went this year without a Founders’ Day celebration.
    However, that doesn’t mean one won’t happen in the future.
    New County Executive Ron Woody said he plans to continue having the event.
    “We probably will not do that until January or February,” he told commissioners at their Nov. 8 meeting.

  • Second try for budget in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council will once again be considering a second reading on a budget this Monday, Nov. 15.
    “Basically what I’m doing, I’m putting the budget we passed on first reading right, putting it on the table and I’m going to allow the council, if they have any amendments to that, I’m going to allow them in accordance with the law make recommendations,” said Mayor James Watts.
    The suggested budget has some employees getting a raise while the rest are only up for a bonus.

  • Rockwood man aims to bring an end to malaria

    Evangelist Leonard Heatherly of Rockwood has grown tired of waiting.
    Filled with passion and a sense of urgency, both Heatherly and his wife, Janie, are working hard to bring what could be a low-cost cure for malaria to the African people.
    Heatherly has been working steadily and progressively to grow wormwood tea in Africa since he started hearing about it in 2006.
    Also referred to as artemisia, this herbal tea is grown in China and has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years to control malaria.

  • Volunteers play a major role at Roane Medical

    Roane Medical Center appreciates and values the assistance of community volunteers to help provide a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for patients and visitors.


    The Harriman-based hospital seeks interested candidates 18 years and older to help in volunteer services.


    “Volunteers play a significant part in our patients’ experiences at the medical center. They can be the first face a person will see upon arrival,” said Tricia Aycock, volunteer coordinator of Roane Medical Center.

  • US Bank continues Dunn Center support

    For the third year in a row, US Bank has awarded Michael Dunn Center a $2,000 grant to help fund services to people with disabilities.


    “Michael Dunn Center cherishes our relationship with US Bank in Kingston,” said Mike McElhinney, president and chief executive officer of Michael Dunn Center.


    “Their continued belief in our mission to serve people living in and around Roane County with special needs is an important piece of our funding.”

  • Draft W-2 Form for ’11 issued

    The IRS recently issued a draft Form W-2 for 2011.
    Employers use the form to report wages and employee tax withholding.
    The IRS also plans to defer the new requirement for employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan, making that reporting by employers optional in 2011.
    The draft Form W-2 includes codes employers may use to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan. 

  • Out to Lunch: Corner Café builds a mighty good sandwich

    By Bethel Poston

  • Show Volunteer spirit in the Battle of Orange, Blue blood drive

    Roane Countians have three area opportunities to show their true Volunteer spirit by giving blood during Medic Regional Blood Center’s annual Battle of the Orange and Blue blood drive competition starting today, Monday.

    The annual event pits fans of the University of Tennessee Vols against fans of the University of Kentucky Wildcats; the side collecting the most blood donations for the week is the winner.  

    The competition runs Nov. 15-19, and things kick off with two blood drive in Roane County from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

  • Fitness Center one of college's best-kept secrets

    Roane State Community College has a little-recognized gem in a corner of the Roane County campus’ gymnasium.

    Students, teachers and community members can often be found utilizing the Fitness Center each weekday.

    “It is a wonderful asset; It is all about increasing the quality of life for the community,” said director Shaun Simpson.

    “We’ve got probably 100 members,” he added.

  • Berry up for Rockwood utilities' manager job

    Ron Berry is no stranger to politics or Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas operations.

    And by the end of today, the Roane County commissioner could be overseeing the utilities’ operations — at least on a part-time basis.

    Rockwood City Council will consider hiring Berry for the job during a special-called session at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.