Today's News

  • 'Round Rockwood: Nov. 12

    Mickey Smith and Margaret Baker made me the most beautiful quilt for my 91st birthday.

    Each square had a small block in the center that represented me growing up on our farm.

    One square had two people, a man and woman that represented Gene and me. One square had a little girl representing Nina, our daughter. Another square had three little boys representing our three sons.

  • German WWII vet to speak at RSCC

    A German veteran of World War II will speak on Nov. 15 at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus and at the main campus in Roane County.

    Gerhard Hennes will speak in the City Room at the Oak Ridge campus at 12:30 p.m.

    He will lecture at 4:30 p.m. at the Roane County campus in room O-202 in the O’Brien Humanities Building.

    Each event is free and open to the public.

    The lectures are presented by the Roane State-Bethel University 2+2 education program.

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 12

    Believers Voice of Deliverance Church’s Annual choir anniversary was a huge success last Sunday.

    Evangelist Willie Mae Springs was worship leader. There were four choirs who provided music for the service. The Rev. Jerome Kilgo sang two selections. Choir members looked beautiful in their red and black. The service was well attended.

    May you continue to lift up your voices in praise to God. This is where Rev. James Springs is pastor.

    There will be a three-day revival at St. Mary’s Baptist Church from Nov. 12-14.

  • Lab-in-a-box fuels zeal for science

    I love science!

    That is the enthusiastic cry of one of the Rockwood Middle School sixth-grade students in Cassandra Dothard’s class.

    They are learning life science, thanks to hands on materials from what has been termed “lab-in-a-box,” a project of Rural Communities STEM Initiative, an Oak Ridge business and education partnership to help the school districts improve science, technology, engineering and math skills in the area K-12 students.

  • Roane funding of schools over Tenn. average

    Some have accused Roane County Executive Ron Woody of cutting funding for education.

    Data from the state, however, shows the percentage of local funds going to Roane County Schools has gone up since he’s been in office.

    “People say a lot of stuff,” Woody said. “It doesn’t mean they have the facts to support it. I think the evidence is in the reports.”

  • School board stymies transfer of Dunn land

    Is the Michael Dunn Center in the way of future retail development along Gallaher Road?

    Some county officials think so, according to President and CEO Mike McElhinney.

    “Members of the County Commission have said we don’t want to see Michael Dunn Center basically in our way if a venture, a Target or some other commercial development would begin along Gallaher Road,” McElhinney told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

  • Harriman looking at hiring facilities worker

    Harriman wants someone in place to maintain downtown hospital property when Covenant Health moves Roane Medical Center’s operations to Midtown.

    City Council approved creating the position of a facilities maintenance worker for those buildings and other city-owned structures, such as the Temperance Building.

    “There is no doubt there is going to be a tremendous need for the position,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

  • Starving boy’s dad makes court appearance

    Child starvation defendant Matthew Dotson made an appearance in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    A Roane County grand jury indicted him and his wife, Amanda Dotson, for first-degree murder in June. They are accused of starving their 2-year-old son, Clifford, to death.

    Matthew Dotson was released from jail on a $100,000 bond on June 29. Amanda Dotson remains in custody on a $100,000 bond.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said pretrial motions are scheduled to be heard in the case in March.

  • Out to Lunch: Riverside Grille proof that change is a good thing

    You may think of this “Out to Lunch” article as déjà vu (French for already seen).

    One year ago, I wrote about this restaurant location, 100 Melton Lake Peninsula, in Oak Ridge when it was called Flatwater Grille. Locals may remember it was originally called Gregory’s.

    In February of this year, it became Riverside Grille, managed by the Knoxville folks who operate Lakeside Tavern on Concord Park Drive and Parkside Grille on Peters Road.

  • Employers hiring vets may earn tax credit

    Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the IRS.

    Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year.

    Here are six key facts about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit as expanded by VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011: