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Today's News

  • District action kicks off for area teams

    After two weeks getting their feet wet, most area high school football teams will turn things up a notch this week with the start of district competition.

    Roane County is no different as three teams from the county will open district play.

  • County to seek park director

    Roane County is looking for a new parks and recreation director.
    County Executive Ron Woody said Tony Brown informed him recently that he was leaving the position to go work for the road department, which will be under new leadership on Sept. 1 when Brown’s friend Dennis Ferguson takes over.
    “I did not get a resignation letter from him, but he did come in and we had a discussion,” Woody said. “He’s going with Dennis Ferguson.”

  • Harriman acts quickly on greens

    There is no play at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman right now, and Harriman officials decided to move quickly to fix it.
    “The greens are basically circles of sand,” said Councilman Kenyon Mee, who sits on the golf board.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he had spoken to city attorney Harold Balcom and said they could make an emergency purchase of new grass, a more sturdy variety that can weather the dry, hot summers of the future, before the city’s next council meeting.

  • Artifact inspires Civil War story

    A Civil War artifact found decades ago on an East Roane County farm is the inspiration of a book by newly published author Shirley McCracken.
    The Breastplate is a 264-page historical novel about families whose lives were torn apart by the war and the courage of one woman as she struggled to keep her family intact.
    “It’s not so much about the war as it is about the effects of the war on the people involved,” McCracken said.

  • United Way touches lives of all Roane Countians

    Most Roane Countians likely don’t realize it, but every day they count on services funded by their local United Way.
    Whether it’s volunteer firemen responding to a house fire, the rescue squad rushing to the scene of a traffic accident or a student getting financial assistance to pay for college classes, funding from the Roane County United Way helped provide the resources.
    “Every Roane County citizen is served by the United Way,” said Terry Futrell, vice chairman of the board.

  • Roofer’s legal woes not over, charges pending

    Problems continue to mount for roofer Joshua Lee Miles. He has criminal charges pending against him in Roane County General Sessions Court for theft and passing a bad check.
    A civil action was also brought against Miles, 39, in sessions court for an unrelated matter. The plaintiff in the civil case – Jearl Borum – received a judgement of $5,350 against him for a roofing job.
    Miles was unavailable for comment, according to his mother, Vivian Miles.

  • Chamber means business in ’12 drive

    September brings to mind the smell of fresh-cut football fields and the excitement of team spirit.
    In keeping with that spirit, Roane County Chamber of Commerce officials are making plans to kick off the “We Mean Business” annual membership drive for 2012.

    “This will definitely be a fun time for existing Chamber members to call on new ones and to network and compete with their Chamber counterparts,” said Darrell Williams, vice president of business development. “So, don’t fumble the opportunity to become a part of it.”

  • Jobless rate up in Roane for 2nd month

    Roane County’s unemployment rate climbed for the second consecutive month, but the July jump wasn’t nearly as drastic, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the county’s rate for July was 8.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 over June’s 8.2 percent.

    Roane County’s jobless figures were identical a year ago. The state showed the county’s jobless rate at 8.3 percent in July 2011.

  • Bunch Marine donates Fishing Rodeo prize

     

    Bunch Marine, Midtown, donated a Lowe Boats 14’ Delta Jon and Karavan trailer to be given as the grand prize during the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids. Winner Autumn Parks, right, recently picked up her winnings with her mother, Tonda Parks, and their friend, Butch. Bunch Marine is at 1640 Roane State Hwy. Call 376-7227 for details.

  • TVA honored for support of Guard, Reserve employees

    Tennessee Valley Authority has been selected to receive the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

    The honor is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition to employers for exceptional support of U.S. Armed Forces Guard and Reserve employees.

    TVA is one of 15 recipients chosen from 3,236 nominated employers this year.

    The awards were announced July 20 during a ceremony in Arlington, Va., by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency.