Today's News

  • LOST: Grand marshal’s wedding ring

    Rockwood Christmas parade grand marshal Jonathan Foust flung more than candy from his vehicle on Thursday night.

    Foust, a former state trooper recovering from a liver transplant, also ended up inadvertently throwing out his wedding ring.

    “It was probably down there by the liquor place (Gateway Spirits) on the left,” he said Friday. “That is where I first noticed it was gone.”

    Foust believes the ring, a sterling silver band with a cross on it, slid from his finger as he tossed candy to parade enthusiasts.

  • District shifts to impact a handful

    The number of County Commissioners and Board of Education members did not change under the redistricting plan approved by the Roane County Commission last month.

    “We didn’t change much of anything,” said Commission Chairman James Brummett, who also chaired the county’s redistricting committee.

    State law requires counties to redistrict every 10 years. Brummett and Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway described the process as rather uneventful.  

  • GM deal good news for Roane plant

    Roane County officials were pleased to learn the parent company of Toho Tenax will be working with General Motors to develop technology that will reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy.   

    The partnership between and GM and Teijin, Toho’s parent company, was announced last week.

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  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 29
    — Toby James Townson, 43, 102 Russell St., Loudon: failure to appear. Bond $30,000; court date Dec. 19.

    • Justin Eric Ybarra, 26, 241 Bullard Ford Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,500; court date Dec. 12.

  • ORNL credit union helping kids read

    ORNL Federal Credit Union in Kingston is teaming up with the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley to collect and “recycle” used children’s books for other children to read. ORNL Federal Credit Union employees, front row from left, Debbie Hankins, Tiffany Tilley, Eleda Burgess and Judy Long; and back row, Jim Leitnaker and Ralph Best of the Children’s Reading Foundation show off some of the books contributed by credit union customers to be distributed to Roane County children and their parents. Books may be dropped off at the credit union at 1204 N. Kentucky St.

  • Roane jobless rate down to 7.8% in Oct.

    Roane County was among 92 Tennessee counties experiencing a decrease in its unemployment rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent over September.
    That means 26,010 of the county’s 28,220-strong labor force was employed for the month.

  • Meghabghab developer of decade

    Roane State Community College computer science professor George Meghabghab was recently named Course Developer of the Decade by the Regents Online Campus Collaborative.

    The collaborative provides comprehensive educational programs and courses through a coordinated network of colleges, universities and technology centers across the state. Roane State is part of the collaborative.

    Meghabghab developed three online computer science courses in 2001 that are still being taught through the collaborative.

  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: Ruby Tuesday’s a great place to meet good friends

    Don and Bonita Fowler asked us to join them for dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Harriman while recently in Roane County. It didn’t take my wife, Carol, and me long to change our sweat shirts for a nicer look, but we stayed with our jeans.

    Previous readers may know I worked for Fowler’s Furniture for 10 years as a buyer and advertising director.

    Although I retired four years ago, Don and I still talk on the telephone regularly.

    Carol set up the Harriman Fowler’s store and managed it for several years.

  • OSMS splits with Wartburg

    While it might not have been the most glamorous win for the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats, they managed to out-last the Wartburg Central Middle School Lady Bulldogs by a 31-27 margin Thursday evening at Oliver Springs.