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Today's News

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  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 29
    — Toby James Townson, 43, 102 Russell St., Loudon: failure to appear. Bond $30,000; court date Dec. 19.

    • Justin Eric Ybarra, 26, 241 Bullard Ford Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,500; court date Dec. 12.

  • ORNL credit union helping kids read

    ORNL Federal Credit Union in Kingston is teaming up with the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley to collect and “recycle” used children’s books for other children to read. ORNL Federal Credit Union employees, front row from left, Debbie Hankins, Tiffany Tilley, Eleda Burgess and Judy Long; and back row, Jim Leitnaker and Ralph Best of the Children’s Reading Foundation show off some of the books contributed by credit union customers to be distributed to Roane County children and their parents. Books may be dropped off at the credit union at 1204 N. Kentucky St.

  • Roane jobless rate down to 7.8% in Oct.

    Roane County was among 92 Tennessee counties experiencing a decrease in its unemployment rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent over September.
    That means 26,010 of the county’s 28,220-strong labor force was employed for the month.

  • Meghabghab developer of decade

    Roane State Community College computer science professor George Meghabghab was recently named Course Developer of the Decade by the Regents Online Campus Collaborative.

    The collaborative provides comprehensive educational programs and courses through a coordinated network of colleges, universities and technology centers across the state. Roane State is part of the collaborative.

    Meghabghab developed three online computer science courses in 2001 that are still being taught through the collaborative.

  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: Ruby Tuesday’s a great place to meet good friends

    Don and Bonita Fowler asked us to join them for dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Harriman while recently in Roane County. It didn’t take my wife, Carol, and me long to change our sweat shirts for a nicer look, but we stayed with our jeans.

    Previous readers may know I worked for Fowler’s Furniture for 10 years as a buyer and advertising director.

    Although I retired four years ago, Don and I still talk on the telephone regularly.

    Carol set up the Harriman Fowler’s store and managed it for several years.

  • OSMS splits with Wartburg

    While it might not have been the most glamorous win for the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats, they managed to out-last the Wartburg Central Middle School Lady Bulldogs by a 31-27 margin Thursday evening at Oliver Springs. 

  • Tiger boys, MMS girls roll to big wins

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers ran their season record to 11-0 Thursday night following a 52-24 victory over visiting Midway.

    Rockwood wasn’t able to get the sweep, however, as Midway used a big fourth quarter to pick up a 47-27 victory over the Lady Tigers.

  • State finds falsified county invoice

    The state’s latest audit of Roane County government resulted in five causes for concern — including one with the road department severe  enough to prompt possible  criminal action.
    “We bought some fuel,” Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said. “That’s what they got us on.”
    Buying fuel wasn’t the issue. The way Hamby’s department handled it is what the state had a problem with.

  • Who are you going to vote for?

    Eight people have filed to run for two county offices in next year’s election.
    The deadline was noon Thursday.
    The race for property assessor is the most-crowded with five people in the running.
    The group includes incumbent Teresa Kirkham, Cheryl L. Laxton, David Morgan, Steven Robinette and J.T. Woods.
    Kirkham faced just one opponent — Robinette — when she ran for re-election in 2008.
    She won that race handily.
    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby has decided to not seek re-election.