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Today's News

  • Loudon tops Tigers in tennis

    The Rockwood tennis team traveled to Loudon Monday evening and would come away winless as Loudon won the girls contest, 5-4, and the boys contest, 9-0.

  • Unemployment claimants must show proof of work searches

    Beginning in April, significant changes to the unemployment insurance system will require in-person case management and documented work searches for nearly 56,000 claimants.

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said the state received word last week from the U.S. Department of Labor outlining new requirements for select claimants to continue receiving unemployment benefits.

    “The reality is that as the state unemployment rate drops there will be fewer weeks of unemployment available,” she said.

  • Chamber banquet set for April 20

    The annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce banquet, now in its 66th year and considered by many the spring social event for Chamber members, will be on April 20 in Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston.

    The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and silent auction, followed by a four-course gourmét meal.

    That will be followed by the presentation of this year’s prestigious business awards: the Athena Award, Business of the Year, Distinguished Service Award and the Paul Goldberg Young Professional Award.

  • Roane Medical Center launches new mobile website

    Harriman’s Roane Medical Center has launched a mobile website to ensure important health care information is easily accessible to consumers accessing the Internet from their mobile devices.

    The new mobile site, m.roanemedical.com, will make it easier for patients and visitors to find the information they need quickly, such as phone numbers, maps and driving directions.

    Designed specifically for mobile use, the website has been designed to be simple to navigate with easy-to-read text and pages that load quickly.

  • Harriman Care and Rehab given five stars

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center, a Signature HealthCARE facility, has climbed into the top tier of the nation’s nursing homes by receiving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ coveted five-star ranking.

    The facility, at 240 Hannah Road, is the latest and 13th to join the ranks of Signature’s five-star buildings.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awards the rating to only the top 10 percent of nursing homes.

  • ‘He treated her horrible’

    Vickie Nevels doubts the Milford Barnett murder trial will go forward as scheduled on Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She has good reason to be skeptical.

    Barnett, her younger half-brother, is accused of killing their elderly mother, Pearl Barnett. It’s been nearly five years since Pearl Barnett’s death, and Nevels has seen the trial postponed several times.

    “It’s been horrible for me these past five years,” she said.

  • Party fit for a Princess

    Harriman’s Princess Theatre opened its doors to the public for a grand unveiling Thursday night after being closed since 1999.

    “It’s a good day for Harriman; there’s no question,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    With the marquee lit up, folks presented their tickets and poured into the newly renovated theater to enjoy a night of entertainment.

    “I’m very excited,” proclaimed an anxious Mayor Chris Mason just before the rising of the curtain.

  • New regs take aim at pain facilities

    Rockwood officials would like to ban pain management clinics and the troubles often associated with them.

    “The problem is that you can’t take an otherwise legitimate business that is not intrinsically illegal and say you cannot locate anywhere in the city of Rockwood,” said Sandy McPherson, who is acting as city attorney.

    “The state took the initiative and provided that there would be very stringent regulations as to how those things would be operated,” he added.

  • Beating suspect named

    From staff reports

    Kingston police have a suspect in the severe beating of a city resident.   

    Adam Dwayne Phillips was arrested in Knox County last week. He faces several charges in Knox County, including theft, evading arrest, DUI, driving while revoked, possession
    of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.  

    Knox County jail records also said Phillips had a hold placed on him for aggravated robbery in Roane County.  

  • Habitat back to home building

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently broke ground on its first home in more than two years.

    “It’s been two years in the making,” said Habitat for Humanity President and Kingston City Councilman John Byrkit. “We’re just so excited we could bust.”

    The last two homes were built in 2009 on Pine Ridge Road in Harriman. This new home, surrounded by others on Hope Circle in Kingston, will be the first of three the nonprofit, Christian organization will build for new partner families.