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Today's News

  • Group aids employers in Roane

    Roane County employers now have a forum in which they can talk over workforce and human-resources issues.

    The Roane County Employer’s Association meets monthly for networking, lunch and a speaker who addresses som e aspect of workforce or human resources issues.

    “I feel strongly that this group provides a good avenue for each of our employers to learn about issues concerning workforce, as well as to network with others in similar circumstances,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • Cities' tax rates told

    The Roane County Commission adopted a certified tax rate last week.

    Now, it’s the cities’ turn.

    The state has calculated certified tax rates for Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood in the wrap-up of a countywide property reappraisal year fraught with opposition and appeals in light of what many landowners believe are overinflated numbers.

    Harriman’s certified tax rate is $1.19, and Kingston’s is $1.08.

    The certified tax rate for Rockwood is 75 cents.

  • Tigers take care of Green Wave, 44-8

    The Rockwood Tigers took advantage of six Midway turnovers en route to a 44-8 District 3-A win Friday night at Midway.

    Midway's turnovers along with Rockwood holding a 339-111 advantage in total yards led to an easy night for the Tigers.

  • Miraculous rally ends in heartbreak for Bobcats

    A few years back, Disney released a film called “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” 

  • Grace snaps Harriman's streak

    By TANK JOHNSON

    Roane Newspapers

    On a night when Harriman football celebrated senior night, visiting Grace Christian ruined the party by hanging a 21-0 loss on the Blue Devils.

  • Missed opportunities cost Jackets shot at CAK

    Kingston head coach Vic King has been around long enough to know that if you're going to knock off the state's No. 2 ranked team, you're going to have to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

  • Oak Ridge 4-lane a two-way street to prosperity

    Have you driven to Oak Ridge recently? The new four-lane section from the old guard gates to Illinois Avenue has been opened. It is glorious.
    The road is wide and smooth, with generous and clearly marked bike lanes.
    It is a joy to drive, whether you are heading north into Oak Ridge or heading south to Roane County.
    More work is being done to widen the rest of the stretch so that the entire segment will be four lanes from Kingston to Oak Ridge. The work is expected to be completed in 2012.
    This work is good news for both communities.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Two of the Nobel prizes awarded over the past few days struck us as noteworthy in respect to the USA.
    The first is that awarded last Monday to three economists, including Professor Peter Diamond, of MIT.
    What makes his winning particularly interesting is the fact that President Obama nominated him some months ago to a vacancy on the Federal Reserve Board.
    However, one of the Republicans’ leading intellectual pygmies in the Senate, Alabama’s Richard Shelby, put a hold on his nomination so that it could not even be considered for confirmation.

  • Kingston parks get boost from grant

    By TERRI LIKENS
    tlikens@roanecounty.com
    The fun factor is about to shoot up in Kingston.
    Thanks to the efforts of the city’s parks and recreation department, the city got a grant to install brand-new playground equipment at Southwest Point near the track and soccer field, and upgrade equipment around the lake at City Park.
    Rick Ross, the city’s parks and recreation director, jumped at a chance to apply for a state grant for the work, including revamping restrooms at the Southwest Point location.

  • Film fest’s aim to lift veil

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The cultures of places like Palestine and Iran is much more than the images that are so often in the media today.
    Hoping to dismiss many of the stereotypes out there is what inspired Roane State Community College biology teacher Saeed Rahmanian, formerly from Iran, to apply for an Access for Diversity grant through the Tennessee Board of Regents.