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Today's News

  • Archery season under way

    Bowhunters were out in force this past weekend for Tennessee’s 2010 archery deer hunting season, which kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 25.

  • Roane State staffers applauded

    Roane State Community College faculty member Beverly Rogers and staff members Kristi Beason and Peter Souza have been honored for their work.

    Rogers, assistant professor of nursing, received Roane State’s 2010 Sarah Ellen Benroth Award for Outstanding Teaching.

    Beason was named the college’s 2010 outstanding support staff member. She is an administrative assistant.

    Souza, director of networking and technical support, was named the 2010 administrative staff member of the year.

  • NPCA certifies Barger & Sons' Roane operation

    C.R. Barger & Sons Inc. of Roane County has been awarded status as a National Precast Concrete Association-certified plant.

    The designation recognizes the company, which operates in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park, as a precast concrete manufacturing plant operating at the highest standards of production and quality control.

    NPCA established the certification program in 1987 to ensure a consistent industry benchmark and a high degree of excellence among precast operations.

  • Special Rotary program planned
  • Seminar focus is buying a home

    ORNL Federal Credit Union will have a free financial seminar, “Your Guide to Planning for Homeownership,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 in the credit union’s main office at 221 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The open seminar will include information on saving for a down payment and how to prepare consumer credit for maximum borrowing power.

    “You’re a Homeowner, Now What?” a second free financial home-buying seminar, will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 14.

  • 'From Halloween to Christmas, it's all about sweets'

    By Katie Hogan

    Dolly Parton once sang of a day working 9 to 5.

    For Harriman’s Pattycake Pastries, the day begins much earlier.

    At 6:30, in the pitch blackness of an overcast Wednesday morning, store owner Mike Borman has already been whipping up the day’s blissfully sweet indulgences for two and a half hours.

    The strong smell of rum fills the room as Kevin Pyles mixes the batter in an industrial-sized mixer from 1925.

  • Developers ask court to reject city's Pinnacle complaint

    A company that once partnered with Harriman officials on a Midtown development is now filing a motion to dismiss the city’s counter-complaint in an ongoing battle over a lofty wedge of cash.

    What started out in the thousands quickly escalated to an argument over millions between city officials and developers of the Pinnacle Point shopping center, anchored by Lowe’s.

  • Roane's race for the House

    Julia Hurley is running against Dennis Ferguson for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.

    However, the Republican had more to say about national politicians and legislation coming out of Washington, D.C., than she did about Ferguson during her opening comments at a forum last week.   

    “The Obamas, Nancy Pelosis, Harry Reids and liberals across the state of Tennessee have had enough time with their hands in our back pockets, and it’s time for them to go,” she said.    

  • 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.