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Today's News

  • Lady ‘Cats blast Wartburg in 4-A softball, 15-0

    Like a Ryan Seacrest Top 40 countdown, the hits just kept on coming for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats as they thumped the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs 15-0 Monday afternoon in a District 4-A contest. 

    Courtney Jones started off the game for the Lady 'Cats in splendid fashion fanning three straight batters. 

  • Lady Waves roll past Rockwood, 15-3

    With their District 3-A showdown against Grace Christian Academy only 24 hours away, the Midway Lady Waves could have been caught looking ahead instead of on Monday’s task at hand against Rockwood. That wasn’t the case, however, as Megan Arndts’ squad needed only five innings to dispose of the Lady Tigers, 15-3.

  • Jobless front better in Feb.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell in February, but it was narrowly higher than in 2012, statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.
    The rate, at 7.9 percent, is 0.2 percent lower than in January. Last February, the county’s jobless rate was at 7.8 percent, state records indicate.
    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,120 workers in Roane County’s 27,290 labor force were employed during the month.

  • New business startup help at workshop

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.
    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org to register.
    The center offers free advice and assistance to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses.

  • VEC program gives to Midway organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in February.
    Midway Youth League was awarded $1,500, and Midway Teen Baseball Club received $1,250.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.5
    million to various com-
    munity-service organizations.
    VECustomers Share is
    a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering Volunteer Energy’s 17-county service
    area.

  • Anderson’s center popular — and growing

    Revelers have found a place in Rockwood to hold their festive events.
    The REC — or Rockwood Event Center — has been open for awhile, and  its popularity for parties, conferences and other events spurred a recent growth spurt that’s resulted in almost double its original space.
    “We stay consistently busy now — especially with the expansion,” said business owner Bill Anderson of the work that began in January. “We are not quite done yet. The stage is going to come out about 2 more feet.”

  • Idol dream ends

    Oliver Spring’s darling  country singer Janelle Arthur has seen her time on American Idol end.
    The singer was in the bottom two with fellow country enthusiast Kree Harrison.
    Arthur sang “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which she performed a stunning rendition of earlier in the season, in hopes the judges would use their one save of the season to keep her on the Fox talent show styled program.
    “Unfortunately baby, it is not unanimous. We’re not gonna use it, but we love you ...” judge Randy Jackson said.

  • Jail overcrowding an obstacle for local district attorney

    Of the many duties listed for a district attorney general in the Tennessee Code, keeping a county’s jail population down isn’t one of them. However, Roane County’s issues with overcrowding has made that a function for District Attorney General Russell Johnson throughout his nearly seven-year tenure.

  • Abuse claimed in jail lawsuit

    A former corrections officer alleges in a lawsuit that inmates were subjected to deplorable conditions and treatment at the Roane County Jail. 
    Samantha Morgan was fired on Feb. 22, 2012. She claims it was for not participating and keeping quiet about the alleged rough treatment of inmates.

  • Judge expects reasonableness in Tyler Farmer’s drug dealing case

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen ruled the state has to be “reasonable” when it comes to providing defense counsel with information about confidential informants.
    Accused drug dealer Tyler Farmer wanted prosecutors to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant in his criminal case. A hearing was held on the matter earlier this month.