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Today's News

  • Covenant applies for $72 million hospital

    Covenant Health has given notice about its intent to apply for a certificate of need for the new hospital in Midtown.

    According to the notice, the existing hospital — Roane Medical Center — has 105 licensed beds, including 10 swing beds. The new hospital will have 54 licensed beds, including 10 swing beds.

    The swing bed program is available for Medicare patients who need transition care.

    The only change for the Medicare patient under a swing bed program is the level of care.

  • SNOW! Roane County Commission cancels meeting

    A heavy blanket of snow prompted Tennessee to declare a state of emergency Monday. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency called in additional staff to monitor the winter storm that dumped 6 to 8 inches of snow across Roane County by Monday morning — with more on the way.

    Staff at TEMA's facility in Knoxville and Jackson were placed on duty, and a number of TEMA staff and emergency service coordinators from the Departments of Safety  and Transportation reported to TEMA's headquarters in Nashville.

  • Out to lunch by Bethel Poston

    Several years ago my wife, Carol, and I qualified for a free trip to England and Ireland by buying a large quantity of appliances to sell at our Poston Furniture & Appliance stores.
    I like to say we won the trip, but my dad said, “You paid for it in the cost of washers, ranges and refrigerators.”
    (We decided to lower our selling prices in order to sell enough to qualify.)
    In our travels, after seeing many recognized attractions, we always left the tourist crowd and mixed with the locals.

  • Y-12 earns ‘Excellent’ ’10 rating

    B&W Y-12 earned an “Excellent” rating of 94 out of a possible 100 from the National Nuclear Security Administration for its 2010 performance, resulting in a fee award of $45.2 million for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex.
    B&W Y-12 was awarded more than $2.8 million for work that Y-12 performed for other government agencies, and more than $5.4 million for managing one of the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contracts in the nation, which includes demolition or cleanup of several aged facilities at Y-12.

  • IRS offers help with payroll tax laws

    The Internal Revenue Service has released instructions to help employers implement the 2011 cut in payroll taxes, along with new income-tax withholding tables that employers will use during 2011.
    Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during 2011 because the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 provides a 2-percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, reducing their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid.

  • Four charged in meth lab operations

    A strong chemical smell tends to be an obvious sign of meth activity.
    Deputies detected the smell at a home on River Road last Tuesday.
    “We talked to the people there and saw signs and evidence that meth was being cooked and being used,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We took four people into custody and actually found the components of the lab where they had recently been cooking.”

  • 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.

    James A. Lakin, violation of driver license July 5, 2009. Failed to appear May 28, convicted.

    Trina Stout, fraudulent use of credit card Jan. 11, 2010. Guilty plea May 3, convicted.

    Trina Stout, driving on suspended license March 3. Guilty plea May 3, convicted.

    Leslie M. Cooper, domestic assault Nov. 8, 2009. Dismissed May 3, cost to state.

  • Births: Nov. 14-Dec. 30

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Nov. 14 — Heather Johnston and Joe Daniels, Rockwood. A girl, Elin Grace, 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Siblings: Hayley and Dominic. Grandparents: Glenn and Cheryl Daniels; Mike and Gaye Johnston; Angie and Cecil Hickey.

    Nov. 16 — Jaclyn Lee and Randall Cofer, Rockwood. A girl, Emma Grace, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents: Shannon and David Lee; Melissa and Randy Cofer.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Sept. 30-Oct. 8:

    From Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Housing and Urban Development to Lillian Ryan-Smyla by deed, Dist. 1, Highland View, Lot 22, $48,952.

    From Anthony P. Capozzi to Sandy Johnson by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Gardner, Lot 1, $7,000.

    From Gary L. McDonald, Brenda Hall McDonald, Ruth Evelyn McDonald and Leuty D. McDonald Estate to Randall Scott Wood by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Gary Lloyd McDonald Sr., Lot 2, $62,500.

  • What legacy will Ferguson leave?

    Basic Education Plan. Tennessee Lottery. A failed push for a state income tax.

    Dennis Ferguson witnessed them all from his chair in the Tennessee House of Representatives. And, with the exception of the proposed income tax, he voted in favor of them — and the budgets to fund them.

    “There was a lot of times I had to hold my nose and turn my head, but I voted for it,” he said of the budgets that he’s approved over a 20-year period. “Everything’s not been perfect, but I believe the good outweighs the bad.”