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Today's News

  • Roane, state jobless rates drop in April

    Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped marginally in April to 7.2 percent.

    That’s a difference of 0.3 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state reports 25,570 workers in the county’s 27,560 labor force were employed in April.

    In January 2011, the county recorded a jobless rate at 8 percent, 0.8 percent higher than the most recent figures.

  • General Sessions Court: April 9-20, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 9 — Christina N. Williford, driving while license suspended amended to driving without license and possess unlawful drug paraphernalia attempt. Guilty.

    • Cheryl Viles, simple possession/casual exchange. Judicial diversion.

    • Elker E. Washington, probation violation. Recalled arrest process.

  • FAST with the pigskin

    Madison Rossi-Dupas shows off her football skills at last week’s FAST Football Academy at Roane State.

    Madison was among the more than 50 children who attended the camp that was put on by area coaches Wiley Brackett, Brian Pankey and John Webb.

  • ‘Same as last year:’ No county property tax increase, and workers to get more in their paychecks

    Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year should give taxpayers and county employees a reason to feel good.

    There will be no increase in the property tax rates — and county workers are in line to get a 2-percent raise.

    The budget committee voted to recommend the raise at last Thursday’s meeting.

  • Kingston land owners to pay more next year

    It came in like a lion and left like a lamb — like March in the middle of June.

    After many long nights of accounting, some testiness and wrangling, and several meetings in which a few city residents (and a couple of non-residents) voiced their displeasure over a proposed 9-cent tax-rate increase,  Kingston City Council passed its budget appropriation for 2012-13 on second reading with hardly a ripple of protest.

    The passage brings Kingston’s property tax rate to $1.17 per $100 valuation.

  • Going Home: More than a year after fire, work finishing on church

    Kingston United Methodist Church members will soon return to their sanctuary for the first time since a fire damaged the building on April 30, 2011.

    The newly renovated sanctuary includes a new stained-glass front window. The chancel area, which was destroyed by the fire, has been rebuilt larger than before with expanded space for the choir, a grand piano and new organ.

    “It’s an exciting time,” said church member Judy Rose. “You just can’t believe how excited we are. It is kind of like a totally new beginning.”

  • DA suspends worker for campaign site signup

    Angie Vittatoe, an employee at the District Attorney General’s Office, was suspended for two days without pay last week for using an office computer to register a domain name for Roane County road superintendent candidate Dennis Ferguson.  

  • Round Rockwood-June 18

    We have enjoyed having almost-summertime weather for the past month — even a much-needed rainstorm was welcome to those with yards to care for and clouds of dust behind the lawn mower.

    Our son-in-law mows his yard for the early growth of grass.

  • Harriman Happenings-June 18

    Janice Eskridge and her daughter, Letisha Allen, won second place in the mother-and-daughter look-alike contest during Mother’s Day.

    Their picture came out in the Roane County News. Janice is the wife of Roy Eskridge. Congratulations on your winning.

    Charles Elliot Thorpe IV graduated from Celebration High School, Kissimmee, Fla., on May 26. He is the son of Theresa “Anise” Thorpe and the late Charles Thorpe III.

  • Girl Scouts can register early by July 14

    Girl Scouts in Roane County and their troops can earn a special patch and money for their troops by participating in Early Bird registration.

    Troops registering girls and adult volunteers before the July 14 deadline can earn additional money for the fall product sale.

    Each girl who registers during the event will also receive a free Early Bird patch. Visit www.girlscoutcsa.org and click on the “Register Online” button at the bottom of the page.

    A registration form is also available online at http://tinyurl.com/7ze8osb.