Today's News

  • No plans to prosecute for audit finding

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson does not plan to prosecute anyone for an audit finding in the Roane County Road Department.
    State auditors discovered a road department employee asked a vendor to change the date on an invoice for diesel fuel. By changing the invoice date, the $22,766.24 purchase was inappropriately expensed in the 2011-12 fiscal year on the county’s accounting records instead of the 2010-11 year, when the purchase was actually made. 

  • Hurley supports Roane’s stand on Sunshine Law

    State Rep. Julia Hurley hasn’t always agreed with the Roane County Commission.
    However, the Lenoir City Republican said she supports the county solons when it comes to the Sunshine Law.
    “I think the way that it is right now is fair to the voters,” Hurley said. “I think it’s fair to the public.”

  • Conflict of interest reason Simon not reappointed to zoning commission

    What looked to be a run-of-the-mill reappointment took a strange twist when Kingston Council failed to re-up Celia Simon for another five-year term on the Historic Zoning Commission on Dec. 13.

  • Annexation on Harriman officials mind

    Harriman officials disagree on whether to proceed with annexing the Emory Gap and Childs Memorial areas.
    Councilman J.D. Sampson, who has been pushing for annexation to grow the city and potentially its coffers, believes it’s plausible because both these two areas of the county are surrounded by the city limits already.
    “I make a motion now to put Emory Gap and Childs Memorial on notice. We’re turning it over to the planning commission to draw up a plan of service,” Sampson said.

  • REACH wraps up Christmas

    Aisles and check-out lines at Wal-Mart were packed Friday night, Dec. 9, and the next morning after kids and their familes shopped for Christmas with help from Operation REACH. Jessica Ross and Rodney Harback of Operation REACH help fill bags during the shopping extravaganza that Friday, as seen in the second photo. Families were given a budget of approximately $225 to fill carts with anything they wanted or needed, which included groceries as well. The first photo includes Wal-Mart employee Linda Cushman and REACH volunteer Carolyn Neeley helping bag items during the rush.

  • Kroger pharmacy improves drive-through

    Workers prepare the new drive-through lane at Krogers Pharmacy in Harriman. The new lane will have a pneumatic tube to allow customers to place their prescription orders.

  • Unemployment continues drop this November

    Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis announced Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November fell to 9.1 percent, down from the October revised rate of 9.5. The national unemployment rate for November 2011 was 8.6 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage point from the October rate.

  • Roane State helps Y-12 workers go back to school

    B&W Y-12 announced an agreement today with Roane State Community College that gives employees who want to return to college more scheduling options for classes, and college credit for work and apprenticeship experience.

    B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Darrel Kohlhorst and Roane State President Dr. Gary Goff announced the new Memorandum of Understanding at today’s weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council.

  • Ecological health of East Fork Poplar Creek continues to improve

    Aquatic biologists have continued to document long-term improvement in the ecological health of East Fork Poplar Creek. The stream originates within the Y‑12 National Security Complex and flows through the City of Oak Ridge.  During the Cold War era, it sustained substantial contamination as a result of nuclear weapons production at Y-12.

  • Jones retiring after 36 years at ORNL

    ORNL Federal Credit Union announced the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer Larry Jones, a 36-year veteran of the credit union, effective December 30, 2011.

    Jones is a recognized pioneer in credit union marketing and business development. He was the first full-time credit union marketing professional in the state of Tennessee when he joined ORNL Federal Credit Union in 1975 and among the first in that profession nationally. In his time at ORNL Federal Credit Union he was instrumental in the development of the credit union’s digital and electronic services.