Today's News

  • Draft W-2 Form for ’11 issued

    The IRS recently issued a draft Form W-2 for 2011.
    Employers use the form to report wages and employee tax withholding.
    The IRS also plans to defer the new requirement for employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan, making that reporting by employers optional in 2011.
    The draft Form W-2 includes codes employers may use to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan. 

  • Out to Lunch: Corner Café builds a mighty good sandwich

    By Bethel Poston

  • Show Volunteer spirit in the Battle of Orange, Blue blood drive

    Roane Countians have three area opportunities to show their true Volunteer spirit by giving blood during Medic Regional Blood Center’s annual Battle of the Orange and Blue blood drive competition starting today, Monday.

    The annual event pits fans of the University of Tennessee Vols against fans of the University of Kentucky Wildcats; the side collecting the most blood donations for the week is the winner.  

    The competition runs Nov. 15-19, and things kick off with two blood drive in Roane County from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

  • Fitness Center one of college's best-kept secrets

    Roane State Community College has a little-recognized gem in a corner of the Roane County campus’ gymnasium.

    Students, teachers and community members can often be found utilizing the Fitness Center each weekday.

    “It is a wonderful asset; It is all about increasing the quality of life for the community,” said director Shaun Simpson.

    “We’ve got probably 100 members,” he added.

  • Berry up for Rockwood utilities' manager job

    Ron Berry is no stranger to politics or Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas operations.

    And by the end of today, the Roane County commissioner could be overseeing the utilities’ operations — at least on a part-time basis.

    Rockwood City Council will consider hiring Berry for the job during a special-called session at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Borrowing a concern for county’s chief

    This year voters decided a change was needed at the top of Roane County government.

    The man they chose to bring that change has spent his first few months on the job trying to deliver.  

    “I’m making an effort to change government,” new County Executive Ron Woody said. “I’m making an effort to change financial management in Roane County.”

    Woody has already encountered resistance in his effort to bring that change.

  • Lady Waves finish third


  • Bulldogs bite Bobcats, 48-14

    The 2010 football season came to an end Friday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Wiley Brackett’s squad suffered a 48-14 setback at the hands of Wartburg in the TSSAA playoffs.

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  • Civility – is this America’s latest lost cause?

    From Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s ad in Florida demonizing Republican Dan Webster as “Taliban Dan,” to Republican Sharron Angle’s ads in Nevada demonizing Latinos, negative campaigning reached new lows in the 2010 election cycle.
    Grayson and Angle both lost.
    But since their opponents aired their share of attack ads, it’s hard to tell what worked with voters and what didn’t.