Today's News

  • Can the Bobcats do it again?

    In week 9 of the regular season, the Oliver Springs Bobcats turned their season around with a 32-27 victory over No. 6 ranked Wartburg at D.J. Brittan Field.

    Now if the Bobcats want to keep their season going, Wiley Brackett’s squad must duplicate the feat on the road as Oliver Springs travels to Wartburg Friday night at 7 p.m. for the second round of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs.

  • Lady Tigers win title
  • Senior Bowlers enjoy Halloween party
  • General Sessions Court

    General sessions court
    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.
    Joy Smith, probation violation Jan. 8. Guilty plea March 8, convicted.
    Joseph S. Zeilman, capias for failure to appear Feb. 22. Dismissed March 2, capias recalled.
    Tiffany Nicole Jackson, violation of probation March 8. Dismissed March 15, cost to state.
    Sarah Elizabeth Barnes, violation of probation Jan. 26. Guilty plea March 1, convicted.

  • 'Prophet of Oak Ridge' exhibit to be open through Jan. 30

    The family life, the farm life, the mystery and the vision are revealed in “The Story of John Hendrix: Prophet of Oak Ridge” exhibition opening Nov. 9, the 145th anniversary of the birthday of John Hendrix, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Utilizing family records, oral stories passed down through generations and artifacts related to Hendrix, Jack and Myra Mansfield of Oak Ridge collaborated with the museum to develop the exhibit, which will be on display through Jan. 30, 2011, in the museum lobby.

  • Donations likely for nonprofits

    Area nonprofit organizations could soon be receiving their annual donations from Roane County Government.

    The budget committee voted last Thursday to recommend the nonprofit resolution to the full commission.

    The resolution is on the tentative agenda for tonight’s – Nov. 8 – commission meeting at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • New jail hits overcapacity

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the jail was over capacity recently.

    “I knew it wouldn’t be long,” he said.

    The jail opened in September 2009. It was built for 172 inmates.

    Stockton said they had 182 prisoners on Oct. 28. A day later, the number had dropped to capacity, he said.

    “It seems like there’s been a rise in the crime rate as far as thefts and things of that nature under $500,” he said.

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  • Roane boasts fifth-lowest jobless rate in Tennessee

    Roane County’s unemployment rate took a 0.4 percent plunge in September and maintained its standing with the state’s fifth-lowest jobless rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    The county’s 7.4 percent September rate is dramatically improved over a year ago. Roane County had a 9.1 unemployment rate in September 2009, the state’s figures show.
    Statistics show 26,200 workers in the county’s 28,300 labor force were employed in September.

  • Nevels heads up new Roane State training center

    Nolan Nevels has been named director of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center in Oak Ridge.
    Roane State received a $2.86 million federal grant to launch the center, which will train individuals for entry-level materials technician jobs in the high-growth carbon-fiber and solar-energy industries.
    Roane State was one of 41 community colleges and organizations nationally — and the only one in Tennessee — to receive a Community-Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.