Today's News

  • TWRC welcomes three new members

    Jim Bledsoe (Jamestown), Harold Cannon (Lenoir City), and Trey Teague (Jackson) are the three new members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. The new appointees, who received their confirmations to the commission in the late spring, recently attended an orientation session at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s state office.

  • RMA golf tourney set for Saturday

    The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA) will host a golf tournament at 8 a.m. at the Rockwood Country Club. 

    The cost is $100 each for teams of four or $100 to sponsor a hole. 

  • SCOR camp starts Monday

    The Soccer Club of Oak Ridge (SCOR) will be holding a camp for soccer players in the Boys Under-11 and 12 age groups. 

    The camp will be held in Oak Ridge at the Milt Dickens Field Aug. 8-13, from 5-7 p.m. each evening and 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

  • Football practice?
  • Jobless rate up all across the state

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that 91 counties — including Roane — experienced an upward surge in June unemployment rates.
    The statistics made public last week indicate that only four Tennessee counties — DeKalb, Hawkins, Moore and Smith — saw a decrease in jobless rates.
    Roane County’s rate for June is reported at 9.2 percent, a 0.9 percent jump over May’s 8.3 percent.
    By the state’s estimates, 26,010 workers in the county’s 28,650 labor force were employed.

  • 100,000 tax-return preparers failed to follow guidelines

    As part of its new oversight program of the nation’s tax-return preparation industry, the Internal Revenue Service is sending letters to an estimated 100,000 who prepared returns in 2011 but failed to follow new requirements.
    All paid tax-return preparers must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number and, when required to do so, sign their names and include their PTINs on returns and refund claims they prepare for compensation.

  • Turpin heads up Chamber board

    Danice Turpin, director of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, is the new chairwoman of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

    Turpin took over July 1 from outgoing board Chairwoman Diana Knobloch, director of the Roane County United Way.

    The new Chamber chairwoman for 2011-12 holds an undergraduate degree in engineering, a master’s degree in adult education, and an educational doctorate degree in instructional leadership.

  • DOE razing east wing of K-25 building

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s demolition of Building K-25’s east wing began last month.
    The former uranium enrichment facility at East Tennessee Technology Park was once the world’s largest building under one roof, covering more than 44 acres.
    The project is one of DOE’s highest environmental management priorities in Oak Ridge and an integral component to completing cleanup of the technology park.

  • 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.


    Brian K. Walker, theft up to $500. Dismissed.

    Michael E. Wampler, reckless driving. Dismissed. Driving while license revoked and financial responsibility law. Guilty.

     Brandon D. Sherlin, public intoxication amended to public indecency, first, second offense. Guilty.

    Terry L. Voyles, public intoxication. Guilty.

  • Math camps give kids a jump start to ease transition

    The transition from middle to high school math might not be as daunting for Alexis Tuttle.
    Last month she and dozens of other local students took part in some interactive math programs offered for rising freshmen and rising sixth-graders.
    “I really want to pass my freshman year, so I wanted to get help with my math and stuff,” said Tuttle, who will be attending Midway High School. “Hopefully, it won’t be as hard because I’ll already know some of it.”