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Today's News

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Reunion plans at New China Palace a tasty treat

    You may remember that my wife, Carol, and I grew up in Oak Ridge and schedule “Out to Lunch” high school reunion committee meetings. This lets us plan our reunions, provides an column-writing opportunity, and we get to enjoy a fun lunch.

    Our reunion committee has met several times at New China Palace on Melton Hill Lake Drive in Oak Ridge, but I had never written an “Out to Lunch” column on it until this visit.

  • Methodist sought out by Alabama hospital for orthopedics program

    The successful outcomes of Methodist Medical Center’s patients have gained national recognition through such organizations as U.S. News and World Report, VHA Inc., the American College of Cardiology and Patient Research Consultants.

    Methodist’s orthopedics program is just of one of the services that has been consistently ranked high for both clinical and service excellence.

  • Jobless rates up in Jan.

    Roane County’s 8-percent January unemployment rate may be slightly higher than reported last month, but it’s still lower than it was during the same period in 2011, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the most recent posting is up 0.6 percent over December’s 7.4 percent rate.

    That means 25,790 workers in the county’s 28,030 labor force were employed in January.

  • U.S. Standard Gold Buyers open in Kingston

     

    U.S. Standard Gold Buyers marked its Kingston opening with a Roane County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting and grand-opening celebration earlier this month. The event is attended by, from left, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, state Rep. Julia Hurley, Brianna Bales, Nicole Barry, Store District Manager Michele Bales, Sarah Woods, Darrell Williams of The Roane Alliance and Mike Barkley. The business is at 509 N. Kentucky St. Call 248-8465 for details.

  • Employers may claim health care tax credit

    Small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees are encouraged by the IRS to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify.

    The recently-revamped Small Business Health Care Tax Credit page on IRS.gov is packed with information and resources designed to help small employers see if they qualify for the credit and then figure it correctly.

  • Kingston OKs buy for new city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council manifested an Edifice Complex at its March 13 session, moving forward with plans that could see the town with both a new city hall and a new YMCA.

    The first one will cost. Council approved the purchase of the soon-to-be-vacant Kingston Medical Plaza for $1.45 million and approved a loan application for $2 million to the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund for the purchase and subsequent renovations.

    Council had said at the previous week’s work session that

  • Assessor hopefuls describe strategies

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham is quick to point out what the four people who want her job have in common.

    “None of them have any experience in running this office,” she said.

    That’s not a bad thing, according to candidate David Morgan.

    “If experience gets us what we have now, then I’d be better off going into the job without any experience and just a little common sense,” he said.

  • Tiger Haven suit moved to Loudon

    The lawsuit filed by some East Roane County residents against Tiger Haven has been moved to neighboring Loudon County.

    According to Roane County Circuit Court records, an agreed order for a change of venue was entered on March 1.

    The entire court file, according to the records, was sent to Loudon County Circuit Court on March 13.

    Tiger Haven is at 237 Harvey Road in East Roane County. The facility houses several types of big cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • Relay for Life: Register teams by Tuesday to help Roane fight cancer

    The bonds from Relay for Life go beyond the fellowship of each team that participates.

    The festive event itself, which centers around team members walking all night, doesn’t just raise money for the American Cancer Society; it’s a party-like atmosphere that celebrates not only the survivors of cancer but the participants themselves.

  • Hwy. 27 communities aspire to a Route 66 rebirth

    Almost everyone knows of historic Route 66, the U.S. highway that has returned to a golden era after the interstate system nearly killed the iconic American roadway that took travelers to the West Coast.

    Now people are looking to bring the same rebirth to Hwy. 27, the road that carried motorists from Michigan to Florida before interstate highways.