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Today's News

  • The search for RSCC president

    Passion.

    It’s what the three Roane State Community College presidential hopefuls have in common in their present roles as college administrators, and it’s what they plan to bring with them to help Roane State on his path to success.

    The three candidates —  Chris Whaley, W. Michael Stoy and Elizabeth Lewis — were quizzed in last week’s interviews about everything from raising graduation rates to community partnerships, such as those with industries and the K-12 school system.

  • 'I do solemnly swear ...' New leaders take oath of office

    Six people who were victorious in their bids for election last month participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the Roane County Courthouse on Friday.

    “It was a nice ceremony for our newly elected and re-elected officials,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I was pleased with it.”

    The group included Property Assessor David Morgan and Board of Education members Danny Wright, Marjorie Earick, Rob Jago and Hugh Johnson.

  • Two hurt in boat explosion

    Tragedy marked the beginning of the Labor Day boating weekend on Watts Bar Lake in Roane County.

    Emergency personnel from several agencies were called to the scene of a boat explosion early Friday afternoon at the Caney Creek public boat launch area.

    Upon arrival, first responders found a pleasure craft boat adrift and fully engulfed in flames. Two male occupants of the boat were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being burned during the explosion and fire. Their names were unavailable at presstime.

  • Fireman’s charges dropped

    The District Attorney General’s Office does not plan to prosecute Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell.

    The arresting officer in the case, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Kennedy, abruptly resigned last week, according to Sheriff Jack Stockton.  

    “In light of this development, we will not be proceeding with a prosecution of Mr. Mitchell,” Johnson wrote in a letter to Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson.

  • Work searches required for unemployment

    Beginning Sept. 1, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will implement the Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act of 2012.

    The act requires all unemployment claimants in Tennessee to demonstrate valid work search activity and maintain a work search log.

    Failure to comply with the new law will result in a loss of benefits.

    Notices are being mailed to all claimants receiving Tennessee Unemployment Compensation informing them of the new requirements to continue receiving benefits.

  • Don’t let business startup tax you

    The IRS has some basic federal tax information and matters of consideration for individuals planning to open a business. They include:
    • Type of business. The most common types of businesses are sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, S corporation and limited liability company. The type of business determines which tax forms to file.
    • Types of taxes. The four general types of business taxes are income, self-employment, employment and excise tax.

  • Ten Mile’s safe letter carriers

     

    U.S. Postal Service rural letter carriers at the Ten Mile post office who recently received National Safety Council Safe Driver Awards for their commitment to safety and defensive driving are, from left, Kathy Lawson, Scott Klecha, Tresa Lee, Barb Evans and officer in charge Shirley Goolesby. The honored letter carriers represent a combined 53 years of accident-free driving while serving the Postal Service and their customers. Evans also received a commendation for her service and dedication throughout her career, which began in 1984.

  • Miles among employees promoted at Citizens Bank

    Cassandra Miles, a former teller at Citizens National Bank’s Kingston office, has been promoted to banking officer at the Oak Ridge office.

    Miles’ promotion was among those recently announced by Citizens National Bank President Jack B. Allen.

    Miles has been with Citizens National Bank for nine years and was a teller at the Kingston office for eight and a half years before transferring to the Oak Ridge branch.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Excellent food, scenery will draw you to Caramella

    If you were in the area in 1960, you may remember seeing Larry and Tway Oran building a small concrete structure at the entrance of Kingston City Park, next door to the white, two-story Oran family home.

    Their mother operated Lakeside Grill in the building for a short time. Over the years, several other businesses have occupied the building, most recently the Blue Moon café.

    In February 2011, Hungarian chef Andras Bartha began adding the foundation for a sidewalk bistro to the building.

  • Midway wins at Pickett County, 38-14

    “It was just good to get a win,” said a relieved Joe Campbell after his Midway Green Wave rolled to a 38-14 win over Pickett County Friday in Byrdstown.