Today's News

  • Lady Waves reach Jon Loden Classic title game

    Roane Newspapers

    In the wildest game of the 2011 Jon Loden Holiday Classic at Midway High School, the host Lady Waves advanced to the championship game following a 62-55 victory over Grace Christian Academy in Thursday’s semifinals.
    Midway’s boys also picked up a victory on Thursday, as the Green Wave knocked off Oakdale, 60-43, in a loser’s bracket contest.
    While Thursday was a good day for the host school, Midway’s neighbor to the north, Kingston, suffered a 59-41 loss at the hands of Sequoyah in another semifinal contest.
    Midway Lady Waves vs. Grace Christian

  • All in the family: Fraker sees funeral home business as ministry to help through grieving process

    Rebecca Fraker finds it rewarding to work in a field often fraught with emotion.

    “I feel like it's a ministry within itself,” said Fraker, owner and licensed funeral director of Kingston’s Fraker Funeral Home. “I consider it a chance to help the families.”

    Fraker and her family – including husband Ernie, daughters Sunshine Whitus and Phyllis Fraker and son-in-law Matthew Whitius – work to provide a caring family-oriented business to help other families through their grieving periods.

  • Jobless rate still declining: Unemployment down 5% in November

    Roane County’s unemployment rate continued to drop in November, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for November was 7.3 percent, down 0.5 percent from October.

    That means 26,100 workers in the county’s 28,150 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Y-12 has record United Way year

    United Way contributions at the Y-12 National Security Complex reached a record high in 2011, according to the company’s managing and operating contractor, B&W Y-12.

    Contributions from employees, retirees and the corporation totaled $961,225, the highest United Way contribution level ever at the complex.

    The campaign also added 10 Leadership Givers in 2011, bringing the total to 517.  

    More than one out of five employees now are Leadership Givers.

  • Effort to oust Rockwood officials fails

    The recall effort of Rockwood Mayor James Watts and City Councilwoman Jane Long had a fair share of advocates — but not enough signatures to move forward.

    Stephen Rose, who started the recall petition with the help of John Evans, son of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and a businessman in the community, said lots of people told him they supported the effort but didn’t want to put their name on the line.

    “People just didn’t want to participate,” he said. “I think apathy; people don’t want to get involved.”

  • Youthful new use slated for old Roane jail

    The county plans to use the old jail adjacent to the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston to store records and house the Juvenile Probation Department.

    The Roane County Commission approved the plan last month for the building, which was vacated for its original use in September 2009 with the opening of the new jail on Third Street.

    Space in the old jail was also allocated for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Building and Grounds Department and Office of Emergency Services.  

  • Designing Women

    Rockwood’s Shirley Freeman has brought her folk art dolls to life with stories of their own.

    Freeman, who has made dolls all her life, picked the creative habit back up in August when her granddaughter refueled her inspiration, and she has put their personalities to paper.

  • East Tenn. coach gets care charge for area schools

    With a mission that includes focusing on getting others to care for each other, the organization Care 365 wants to spread a simple act of kindness, charging dead batteries, across the state and beyond.

    It’s why its founder, retired Lenoir City Coach Dave Moore, has been working to get battery packs into the schools to allow staff, students and families to have access if they have a dead car battery, or with the air compressor fix a flattened tire.

  • Image-conscious agency touts cleanup work since disaster

    TVA is conscious about its public image. When 60 Minutes ran a story about the ash spill, the agency put out a statement criticizing the news agency.

    When the civil trial over the disaster started in September, TVA issued a statement touting the work it had done to restore the area around the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    So it came as no surprise that TVA officials were willing to discuss the ongoing cleanup a few days before the three-year anniversary of the disaster.

  • Sustainable Roane: Energy, recycling initiatives abound

    First it was just an idea: Let’s make Roane County a sustainable community.
    After nearly a half a million dollars in grants and a rapidly spreading grassroots movement, Roane County is starting the year 2012  greener than ever before.
    It took the TVA ash spill, an environmental disaster of national proportions, to spark the movement.