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Today's News

  • Tot drowns at birthday party on Orchard View Road

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A young girl died at a pool party at a private home Saturday afternoon.

    Officials are not releasing the the child’s name, but the incident happened during a birthday party on Orchard View Road.

    “They started cutting the birthday cake and realized the 3-year-old was missing from the group. She’d taken her ‘floaties’ off,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

  • Score not important in scrimmages

     It has been nearly nine months since Roane County’s five high schools teams have played a game that matters, but Friday evening all five teams will take a big step in preparing for the 2014 season as all will participate in their first full contact scrimmages of the fall.

  • Professionalism takes another turn in clerk race

    Professionalism has again become an issue in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk.

    “Customer service has got to be addressed,” candidate Marty Miles said during a forum last week.

    He wasn’t the only candidate who took aim at the issue.

    “I will also position this office to operate by utilizing the utmost in professionalism,” Sarah Stewart said. “From personal appearance to proper phone etiquette.”

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate continued to climb in June, when it reached almost 1 percent over May’s figures to settle at 7.2 percent.

    The trend was not uncommon statewide — according to figures released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, all 95 counties in Tennessee had increasing unemployment rates during the month.

    Roane County’s rate, however, is still significantly lower than for the same period last year. The county’s rate in June 2013 was 8.7 percent.

  • K-25 demolition work, tasks finished

    Demolition of the K-25 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park ended late last year, but that was not the end of the project.

    Many other tasks had to be accomplished before the project could be officially declared complete.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor, URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, popularly known as UCOR, has now completed those tasks safely and ahead of schedule.

  • Efforts expanded to uncover employer fraud

    The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud.

    These types of fraud include intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.”

    These practices are typically used to avoid paying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums.

  • Project deemed ‘excellent’ by nuclear society

    The successful demolition of a former gaseous diffusion facility has been honored by the American Nuclear Society.

    The American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning and Environmental Services Division selected the K-25 demolition project to receive its Project Excellence Award.

    The K-25 building at East Tennessee Technology Park was built as part of the Manhattan Project in the 1940s. As the massive, mile-long building began deteriorating, its demolition was considered one of the highest priorities for the environmental cleanup program in Oak Ridge.

  • Decision on tax hike up in the air

    School officials didn’t get a yes on their request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate when they met with the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee last week.

    They didn’t get a no, either.

    The committee voted 4-0 to pass the budget along to the full commission without a recommendation.

    “This is what we expected,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “We’re good.”  

  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Building up to the American dream

    Jesse Hall and his family will hopefully be in their own home by Christmas.

    They are the latest recipients of a Habitat for Humanity home in Roane County.

    “Right now I’m just tired of picking up and moving,” Hall said.

    “We decided it was just time to settle down.”

    He added, “I think it is the greatest thing in the world these people are doing for us. It is just showing Christian fellowship and there are still people in this world willing to help and there are still people that care.”

  • CHRIS AHLER: Athletic tourism key for Roane

    Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler moved back to his hometown three years ago.

    “I think anyone who opens their business and lives in a municipality is going to take a strong interest in the leadership and decisions that affect them,” said Ahler, who helps people with retirement and estate planning.

    He was appointed to Council to fill the unexpired term of Chase Tedder, who resigned to pursue a career in the National Park Service.

    He later was elected to the seat and is vying for his first full term.