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Today's News

  • County’s jobless rate up

    Roane County’s unemployment rate increased marginally in April to 7.5 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 25,920 workers in the county’s 28,010 labor force were employed in May.

    In May 2011, the county recorded a jobless rate at 8 percent, 0.5 percent higher than the most recent figures.

  • Tax preparers required to take exam

    More than 16,000 Tennessee tax preparers have now registered with Internal Revenue Service, as required by recent regulations, but about 7,000 of them must take an IRS competency examination by Dec. 31, 2013, or they will not be able to prepare tax returns for compensation.

    So far, 54 tax preparers in Tennessee have passed the competency exam and, as a result, have been given the new credential of Registered Tax Return Preparer.

    Enrolled agents, CPAs and attorneys are not required to take the exam because they already have testing requirements.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Good view, good food make Rickard Ridge ideal

    “BBQ with a View,” is on the front of Rickard Ridge BBQ’s menu.

    The website, www.rickardridgebbq.com, says, “It’s worth the drive! With a gorgeous view of Cove Lake and the Cumberland Mountains. Make sure you bring a big appetite because our goal is to provide you with a truly unique dining experience whether you are BBQ Connoisseur or just want some good eats!”

  • Harriman Happenings-July 9

    Last week, Ruby Jean Boyd celebrated her birthday. To her surprise, her son, Alvin, flew in from California to be with his mother on her special day.

    He took her to Knoxville and called Reggie Bazel and his wife to join them at a special restaurant, where the food was delicious.

    She really enjoyed her day and was really blessed. We wish you more happy birthdays, Jean.

    Alvin flew back on Sunday. Reggie and Jennifer were happy to have been a part in Jean’s celebration.

  • ’Round Rockwood-July 9

    Don’t need to mention the heat. Each of us has felt the enormous heat, especially our farmers who do most of their work outside. Helping animals find some shade is a challenge to anyone trying not only to find some place for the many cows, little calves and horses that will suffer from the extra heat out in their pastures with little or no place to go to find shade in the near 100-degree heat every day and little or no rain in sight.

  • South Harriman classmates gather for reunion

     

  • Pollinator habitats accepted

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency is now accepting pollinator habitats as a Continuous Sign-up Conservation Reserve Program practice.

    The voluntary program helps producers apply conservation practices to safeguard environmentally sensitive land.

    Pollinator habitats support a variety of pollinator species, said Linda Tipton, acting director of the Roane/Loudon County FSA.

  • ‘Just hush’

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts threatened to have Vice Mayor Peggy Evans removed from council chambers Monday when Evans once again brought up the contentious position of city administrator.
    “You talked about that the other night, and I think you’ve said enough,” Watts said.

  • School principals to be named for Midway, Midtown

    Keevin Woody is the new elementary education supervisor for Roane County Schools.
    He replaces Gary Aytes, who took over as director of schools on July 1.
    Woody had served as principal at Midway Elementary School since 2003.
    Prior to that he was an assistant principal and teacher at the school.   
    Aytes said interviews for the Midway principal position will begin Friday and continue into next week.
    Aytes said the school system also has a principal position open at Midtown Elementary School.

  • Hangin' out in Kingston on the 4th