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Today's News

  • Law encourages businesses to hire vets

    The Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 amends and expands definitions of the veteran target groups for employers hiring veterans through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.

    “The Vow to Hire Heroes Act provides tax incentives for employers to hire both short-term and long-term unemployed veterans and affords larger tax credits for hiring certain categories of veterans,” said Labor and Workforce Develop-ment Commissioner Karla Davis.

  • VEC presents $2,750 in grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded a $2,750 in grants to Roane  County organizations in January.

    Roane groups collecting grants in January include the Midway High School Cheerleading Booster Club, which received a $1,000 grant; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 grant; and the Midway High School PTO garnered a $750 grant.

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4 million to various community-service organizations.

  • Arrests: Feb. 16-23, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 16 — Gene Bradley Bolton, 25, 128 S. Third St., Apt. 26, Kingston: failure to appear, false imprisonment, two counts aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment and weapon, unlawful carry to go armed. Total bond $42,500; court date April 2.

    • William Andrew Clinton, 23, 143 Boswell Chapel Road, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $1,500; court date April 2.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Feb. 27

    By Josephine McKinney, Community correspondent
    I want to go back in time to the days of Santa Claus, the big man in a red suit. And how it was when we lived on the farm and walked three miles to the little three room school house in Swan Pond community  — no swans, no pond — but for some unknown reason that was what it was called.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 20 & 27

    By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
    Congratulations to my niece, Sheila, and nephew, Tim Williams, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 14.

    They didn’t do anything special; they just spent a quiet evening at home with a special dinner.

    They are the parents of two daughters and two grandchildren.

    God bless you with many more years together.

  • Patriots fall in tourney opener
  • Kamikawa named 3-A Coach of the Year

    After leading the Rockwood Tigers to the District 3-A championship, Rockwood head coach Paul Kamikawa was recently named the District 3-A Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches.

  • Former OS school to be part of talk at Baptist Association

    Julia Hopper Daniel of Oliver Springs will discuss the history of the former Oliver Springs Colored School during this weekend’s Women’s Ministry program of the Knoxville District Baptist Association.

    The program, which is open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 in New Friendship Baptist Church at 1933 Texas Ave., Knoxville.

  • Don Long named pastor at Laurel Bluff Baptist

    Laurel Bluff Baptist Church, Kingston, recently called Don Long as its pastor.

    Long has been a Southern Baptist pastor for 47 years. He has served on the Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and as president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastors Conference.

    He has been a volunteer chaplain with the Florida Highway Patrol, Chattanooga Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Snodgrass taking reins at Rockwood Presbyterian

    Rockwood Presbyterian Church welcomes a new minister to the pulpit on Feb. 26.

    Charles Snodgrass officially began his ministry with the 140-year-old church on Jan. 1, but he will be installed and ordained as minister at a special service at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the church at 429 W. Rockwood St.

    A reception in the church’s fellowship hall will follow the service. The community is welcome to attend.