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Today's News

  • ‘God’ motto forum fodder

    Candidates running for District 1 County Commission and Board of Education got a chance to discuss their platforms and other issues during a forum on Thursday.

    The forum was hosted by Rockwood 2000 at city hall.

    Ron Berry, Barry Cofer, Roberta Dennis, Benny East, Wade McCullough, Darryl Meadows, William Bud Strader and Billy Wright are vying for District 1’s three commission seats.

    East and Strader didn’t participate in the forum.

  • New wheels now on patrol in Rockwood
  • Harriman pondering false-alarm policy

    Harriman may be joining Rockwood in establishing a policy for excessive false alarms at area businesses.

    “We have had a lot of trouble with false alarms going off,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

    It’s not uncommon for the Harriman Fire Department to respond to a call at 2 or 3 a.m. — and the alarm is again going off even before firefighters return to the firehall, Daniels said.

    “They don’t do anything with the alarm,” he added. “They don’t get anyone to work on them.”

  • Chamber forum preceding the start of early voting

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to attend a candidate forum on July 15 in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre at 276 Patton Lane in Roane County.

    The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

    Designed to give each candidate the opportunity to express his view of how government should relate to the local business community, the forum will consist of question-and-answer sessions grouped by city and office.

  • Travis: I know Tennessee is on the right path

    Ron Travis is eager for a second term to prove he deserved to replace Jim Cobb.

    The two Republicans vied for the District 31 Tennessee State Representative spot in 2012, with Travis narrowly beating Cobb.

    “I know Tennessee is on the right path,” Travis said. “I think we got a good team in Nashville right now. I think you’re going to see Tennessee grow and prosper for my children and my grandchildren.

    “That is what matters for me, what I can leave for my grandchildren.”

  • Cobb: Cutting red tape ­— that is my specialty

    Former state representative Jim Cobb wants to turn the tables on adversary Ron Travis, who ousted Cobb from his seat in 2012.

    The pair, who faced off in that race two years ago, are again up for a rematch in the Republican primary for Tennessee House of Representatives for the 31st District, which includes part of Rockwood and West Roane County.

  • 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.