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Today's News

  • 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.     

  • Tigers win at Coalfield, 24-13

    By TANK JOHNSON

    Roane Newspapers

  • OS tops Midway, 34-12

    With Oliver Springs and Midway both struggling to find where they stand in the football world, Oliver Springs used an explosive fourth quarter to get past Midway Friday night, 34-12. 

  • Slow start costs Kingston

    Kingston’s unbeaten season came to a close Friday night as the Jackets spotted the Lenoir City Panthers a 21-7 halftime lead and fell 28-20  despite a fourth quarter rally.