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Today's News

  • State pulls Roane job center

    Roane County residents will have to go outside the county now for help with much of their career services.
    Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is pulling out of 34 career centers in June “in order to continue job placement activities with fewer federal dollars,” Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced this week in a news release.

  • Emergency chief leaves for TVA spot

    Howie Rose is continuing his career in the emergency field, just not with Roane County.
    The director of the county’s Office of Emergency Services has resigned his position and accepted a job with TVA. 
    “My last full time day of employment will be May 3, 2013,”  he said in a letter to County Executive Ron Woody.
    Rose said now is the time for him to move on.  

  • Junior Ranger program seeks kids

    Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger Program offers children ages 6-14 excellent outdoor educational opportunities.
    There are two ways to become an official Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger.
    Interested children may attend a Junior Ranger Camp in June and July at various parks throughout the state; or complete a series of activities found in the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Now I remember why I got that bike

    Some of you have been asking me about the motorcycle I bought last fall.
    I rode it a bit over the winter — just enough to keep the battery charged and the carburetor from fouling.
    Now that spring has made its reluctant appearance, I’m logging more miles and remembering why it is I decided to purchase this rumbling roadster.

  • GUEST OPINION: Flower refusal at gay wedding now legal issue

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Imagine Robert Ingersoll’s hurt and humiliation last month when his local florist refused to do the flower arrangements for his wedding to Curt Freed, his partner of nine years.

    As longtime customers of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Wash., Ingersoll and Freed had mistakenly assumed that shop owner Barronelle Stutzman would be happy to provide the service.

    But also imagine the pain Stutzman felt at having to turn down a friend and neighbor.

  • A View from Lick Skillet

    Before we get to the chief thrust of this column, we would be remiss if we did not remind the readers that we are now entering that special time of the year for loyal East Tennesseans, to-wit poke-picking time.

  • Odd behavior nets meth arrests

    Harriman police were dispatched to Walgreens recently on a report that several people had purchased medicines containing pseudoephedrine in close intervals.

    The call resulted in the arrest of a Wartburg man and woman.

    Jeffery Wayne England and Nicole Denise Eubanks are each charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

    Pseudoephedrine is found in common cold and allergy medicines and is the main precursor to making meth.

    Harriman police said Eubanks was attempting to make a purchase when they arrived at the store.

  • Tax breaks for firefighters?

    Counties often use tax breaks to attract businesses.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine said he sees another use for tax breaks.

    “If we can do it for businesses, I don’t see why we can’t do it for volunteer firefighters,” he said.

    Roane County has five volunteer fire departments.

    Redwine said he believes offering property tax breaks would help with recruitment and retention of  volunteer firefighters.

  • Tennessee Sheriff’s Association Scholarship goes to local teen

     

    Roane County High School senior Shayla Butler is the recipient of the 2013 Tennessee Sheriff’s Association Scholarship. Her father, Deputy Rick Butler, presented the $800 check to his daughter with his wife, Vicki, and Sheriff Jack Stockton. Shayla plans on attending Tennessee Tech while pursuing a degree in nursing. The Butler’s son, Kaleb, received the same scholarship in 2012. Kaleb is currently working towards a degree in nursing at Roane State and will transfer to Tennessee Tech with his sister in the fall.

  • Yager addresses Watts Bar shooting incident

    State Sen. Ken Yager  of Harriman said the recent exchange of gunfire by a security guard and unknown assailant at Watts Bar nuclear facility near Spring City shows the need for a law he sponsored in 2012 that allows security officers to carry firearms.  

    The new law gives security officers at Tennessee’s two Category 1 nuclear power plants, Watts Bar and Sequoyah, the authority to use deadly force to prevent an act of radioactive sabotage.