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Today's News

  • Nail tops at TVA

    The TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Maintenance Professional Recognition Team recently recognized R.E. Nail of Kingston as 2012 Watts Bar Nuclear Maintenance Professional of the Year.

    Nail is a senior instrument mechanic foreman at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant with 30 years of service.

    He was honored with a banquet in the Franklin Marriott Hotel last month.

    “R.E. is known for his professionalism, integrity, and strong work ethic while maintaining Safety as a top priority,” said Jennifer Whitton of TVA.

  • Using separation notices beneficial to employers

    Few employers in Tennessee are in compliance with a state rule requiring them to issue separation notices to all workers who become separated from their jobs for any reason, a report from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development revealed.

    Workers should expect to receive the notices within 24 hours, said Tennessee Labor Commissioner Karla Davis.

    The notices, she said, are often needed when applying for services like unemployment benefits and food stamps.

  • Survey says ...

    A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation survey aims to identify obstacles small businesses face in attempts to comply with environmental regulations.

    The survey is at http://goo.gl/HFjjk and http://goo.gl/eAmcH through March 15. All responses are anonymous.

  • GUEST OPINION: Can yoga be twisted into religion?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    Is yoga secular or religious?

    That’s the conundrum at the heart of a new legal battle in Encinitas, Calif. over the teaching of yoga in public schools.

    In a lawsuit filed last month, a couple with two children in the Encinitas schools charge that the district is unconstitutionally promoting religion by giving yoga classes twice a week to students during the school day.

    School officials insist that the yoga classes are for physical fitness – and have nothing to do with religion or religious indoctrination.

  • Five sentenced in elk poaching

    Five people, including three from Oliver Springs, were sentenced after reaching a plea agreement in connection with the poaching death of an elk in Morgan County General Sessions Court, according to the Tennessee Wildlife resources Agency.

    Kenneth T. Kelly, Oliver Springs, Austin C. Woodall, Oliver Springs, Steven H. Daugherty, Petros, Samantha Leann McColl, Oliver Springs, and Donovan Cade Godwin, Coalfield, all pleaded guilty to charges placed after an investigation by Morgan County wildlife officer, Travis Buchanan.  

  • State’s nursing homes for veterans get nod

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board issued a statement celebrating the U.S. News & World Report 2013 that names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro among the best in the country.

    The magazine rated more than 15,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.

    The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

  • IRS offering help on YouTube

    With the April 15 tax filing deadline approaching, the Internal Revenue Service created a new YouTube video to provide taxpayers more details and tips to check on their tax refund.

    The new video “How to Use the Where’s My Refund? Tool”  offers in-depth information about how the redesigned “Where’s My Refund?” tool works on IRS.gov works.

    The IRS’s previous refund YouTube video,  “When Will I Get My Refund?” has already received more than 750,000 views.

  • ACAC competes in Southeastern Championships

    By CHIP FISCHER 

    Special to the News

  • X, Leffew, Coach K receive 3-A awards

    The 2012-13 season in District 3-A was a good one for Roane County players and coaches alike. The All-District 3-A Team reflects that success as three of the top four superlative awards went to Roane County along with 15 more selections on the all-district teams.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sadly, a new chapter of jail house tale begins

    Some folks, we understand, are troubled by a recurring nightmare that disturbs their sleep virtually every night of their lives.

    We have not previously experienced this phenomenon, but we fear that we are about to do so.
    In this nightmare we will be joined by most of the citizens and taxpayers of Roane County.

    What, the reader may well ask, is the scenario which causes us to fear it so?

    It may be summed up in two words ­— The JAIL!