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Today's News

  • Wyrick heads up Y-12 FCU in Roane

    Amber Wyrick is the new branch manager of Y-12 Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch at 1715 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.
    Wyrick has worked at the Roane County Branch for more than 12 years.
    She started as a teller and also held the positions of head teller and assistant branch manager before being promoted to branch manager.

    “What I love about working at Y-12 Federal Credit Union is that no matter how much the credit union grows, we still have that small town feeling,” Wyrick said.

  • A&W Junk Removal new to Chamber
  • Barger partners with Stone Strong

    Precast concrete business C.R. Barger and Sons Inc. of Roane County recently entered a partnership with Stone Strong Systems.

    A fifth-generation family operation, C.R. Barger and Sons Inc. has been in business since 1947 and is headquartered in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in East Roane County.

  • Website helps with ACA tax provisions

    The IRS has launched a new Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at IRS.gov/aca to educate businesses and individuals on how the health-care law may affect them.

    The new home page has three sections, which explain the tax benefits and responsibilities for individuals and families, employers and other organizations.

    Links and information are available for each group.

    The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2014 and beyond.

  • Seminar to assist with startup of new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free seminar for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org to register or for additional information.

  • Business Brief: ORNL's Jubin recognized with award

    Robert Jubin of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the recipient of the 2013 Robert E. Wilson Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

    Jubin was recognized for his considerable contributions in the areas of nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste treatment and his chemical engineering achievements in the nuclear industry.

    He works in ORNL’s Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division.

  • Attorney fired up about anonymous comments

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler is fed up with anonymous comments being posted about her on Topix.com.
    So much so that she’s talking about filing a lawsuit against the website.

    “I’ve had it with people getting away with it,” she said. “If it were true, then the people who are saying it ought to have the courage to say who they are, and how they can prove it.”

  • Topix CEO: ‘We generally favor the rights of people to speak’

    Editor’s note: Topix CEO Chris Tolles contacted Roane County News reporter Damon Lawrence this month for a story Lawrence was working on about Topix.com. Here is part of their conversation.
    Lawrence: Some complain your website let’s users post slanderous and defamatory comments anonymously and people that are being talked about have no recourse. What’s your response to that?

  • Alleged prison construction scammer arrested

    It took two years, but the authorities finally caught up with Rickey Kenneth Hubbard.

    He faces 20 counts of criminal impersonation for allegedly duping people into believing the Tennessee Department of Correction had contracted with Yates Construction Co. to build a prison in Swan Pond.
    Hubbard claimed to be the project’s construction manager.
    Bracey Bahm got suspicious and contacted Kingston police on Aug. 15, 2011.

  • Master Gardeners workshop set

    Roane County Master Gardeners will have an Aug. 24 workshop on preservation of the harvest and cool season gardening, the third workshop in a Sustainable and Edible Landscapes series.
    Discussion includes food preservation principles and techniques, preventing insects from overwintering in the garden and other key cool-season gardening topics; a hands-on demonstration of food preservation techniques.
    Lunch will be served; there will be a fee for workshop participation. Contact MGRoaneCounty@comcast.net or 919-5769 to register or for details.