Today's News

  • Jobless statistics climb slightly

    Roane County experienced a slight increase in its unemployment rate for September, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show Roane County’s jobless rate at 8.5 percent, an increase of 0.1 percent over August.

    That means 25,940 of the county’s 28,350-strong labor force was employed for the month.

    Tennessee’s unemployment rate also experienced a 0.1 percent hike to 9.7 percent in September.

  • ‘Tire boy’ still not tired of Sears


    Charlie Jones and his family have owned and operated the Sears in Harriman since 1991, but the tie to the store goes even further back.

    Jones was a recent high school graduate 30 years ago when he started working at the store as a lowly stock boy.

    “Actually, John Collins who works at Pattersons now, was the one that hired me,” he said. “Super guy.”

    Jones worked his way up, his first full-time job in the tire center.

  • Contract management group to discuss outsourcing

    Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee will discuss the university’s research on vested outsourcing during the next monthly meeting of the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.

    The membership luncheon and meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in Oak Ridge’s Double Tree Hotel.
    Lunch for members is $15, non-members pay $16.

    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Nov. 8.

  • Roane School of Isshin-ryu has multiple honorees

    At a recent Awards Banquet and tournament, the IIKA Nationals – hosted by the International Isshin-ryu Karate Association, the Roane School of Isshin-ryu Karate in Harriman had four of the school’s Black Belt Instructors recognized for outstanding achievements during the 2011season as well as one of their Brown Belts.  

  • Tigers sack Watertown, 28-8

    It's hard to throw from your back.

    Watertown's Ty Jobe found out just how hard Friday night as the Purple Tiger QB was sacked nine times during a 28-8 loss at Rockwood in the opening round of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs.

  • Bobcats get revenge on Bulldogs again, 41-13

    In the rematch between the Oliver Springs Bobcats and the Wartburg Central Bulldogs, it was the Bobcats taking advantage of six Wartburg turnovers to cruise to a 41-13 win  Friday night in the opening round of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs. 

  • Turnovers doom Kingston in 28-14 playoff loss

    Turnovers equaled disaster Friday night for the Kingston Yellow Jackets, as Vic King's squad suffered a season-ending 28-14 loss at Polk County in the opening round of the TSSAA Class AAA playoffs.

    Kingston led 14-7 at halftime, but fumbled the ball away on every possession but one in the second half. All-in-all, Kingston turned the ball over four times with the Wildcats turning those miscues into 21 points.

  • Harriman linemen receive MVP awards


  • Social Security big part of Roane economy

    Special to Roane County News
    If Roane County residents didn’t receive their monthly payments from the Social Security Administration, 10.2 percent of total personal income in the county would be lost, a total of $183,271,150 in 2009.

    Roane County is more dependent on Social Security payments than is the rest of the country. Nationally, 5.5 percent of total personal income in 2009 came from Social Security payments. In Tennessee, 7.1 percent of all income comes from these payments.

  • Bowers plans garden for boys killed

    Bowers Elementary School is planning a memorial garden for two students who were killed in a  car accident this year.

    Gage and Jackson Brown, who were in the fourth and first grade, respectively, were killed along with their mother and infant brother in a fiery accident on Hwy. 61 in late August.