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Today's News

  • GET FIT ANYTIME: New gym offers convenience, flexibility

     

    Making time to work out is now easier than ever.

    That’s because Anytime Fitness, a national gym chain known for offering its members 24/7 access to its fitness facilities, opened last week in Harriman.

  • Tennessee ‘State of the Year’

    Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

    Tennessee’s top economic development projects created 6,900 jobs, $3.2 billion in capital investment and included seven expansions and three new recruitments. 

    The magazine picked the state after evaluating the top projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from Oct. 1, 2012, to Oct. 31, 2013.

  • 2-week term breaks may be in students’ future

     

    Nine-two could become more than just numbers for Roane County students.

    School officials plan to explore a calendar where students would go to school for nine weeks and then get a two-week break.

    “It increases the time off during the year by two weeks, so that means you have to start a little earlier and maybe end a little later,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “It has good points,” he added. “Probably the big drawback is you’re starting earlier in the year.”

  • Mission Lazarus Roane dentist committed to helping build Honduras clinic

    Each year doctors, dentists and other medical personnel donate time, equipment and more to help the less fortunate.

    Mission Lazarus is one such program, which helps individuals in Honduras and Haiti, and Raymond Holmes is one of the many Tennessee dentists who has donated time on trips and is helping to get a dental clinic formed in Honduras so they can do more than pull and clean teeth.

  • Making repairs after the thaw

     

    Shawn Clark with the Kingston Water Department works on sawing out asphalt to repair a water main break along Hwy. 70 due to below-freezing temperatures that swept over East Tennessee the week of Jan. 6. This was the fourth repair Kingston had. Oak Ridge Utility District helped locate the break.

  • Rockwood area may boast biggest race

    Roane County Commission’s 1st District race could turn out to be one of the biggest, if the number of qualifying petitions picked up is any indication.

    As of 4 p.m. Friday, incumbents Ron Berry and Benny East could face five contenders for three seats to represent the district that includes Rockwood and surrounding areas.

    Both Berry and East picked up their qualifying petitions last week from the Roane County Election Commission. The third incumbent, Copper Bacon, said last week he does not intend to seek re-election.

  • Yager: No bill deal struck with Caldwell in exchange for condo

     

    State Sen. Ken Yager said his condo deal with Kingston developer Matt Caldwell had nothing to do with a bill he got passed that could benefit Caldwell financially.  

    “I keep my private business totally separate from my legislative work,” Yager said.

    Yager was the sponsor of Senate Bill 1346 that allows property owners to get a break on their delinquent tax penalties because of the TVA ash spill. 

  • Shillings tapped for alderman

     

    Don Shillings was selected on Thursday to fill the remainder of James Brummett’s seat on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen.

    He was one of two applicants.

    “Council made the motion to put Don in,” said Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler.

    “I think he’ll do fine. He’s served two terms before. It is good to have a full council,” Hepler said.

  • FEDS RAID OS FACILITY

    Federal agents raided a Department of Energy subcontractor’s Oliver Springs facility Thursday.

    FBI agent Marshall Stone would only confirm the agents were at the Oliver Springs headquarters of Transportation, Operations and Professional Services on Thursday.

    “We don’t want to jeopardize the ongoing case,” he said.

    Stone said the ongoing investigation is a joint effort between the FBI, DOE and the Internal Revenue Service. 

  • Regular season ends for Midway Middle

     

    The regular season came to a close for Midway Middle School Thursday night by dropping two games to visiting Wartburg. 

    Girls Game

    The Lady Waves fell to 3-14 after the 40-24 loss to Wartburg.