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Today's News

  • Kingston police investigating homicide

    A domestic violence case has turned into a homicide investigation for the Kingston Police Department. The change occurred because James Cobb died Saturday night, according to Chief Jim Washam.
    Cobb, 63, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville on April 4 after being shot at his home at 814 Rosedale Ave. Washam said Cobb was shot in the chest.
    The suspected shooter – Tammy Ellen Rosado – was arrested on April 6 and charged with aggravated domestic assault. She could be facing a homicide charge with Cobb’s death.

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  • Unemployment extended benefits to end April 12

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making preparations to suspend unemployment benefits for claimants in the Extended Benefit program.

    More than 10,000 claimants who are in the last 20 of 99 weeks available will receive their last benefit
    payment the week of April 12.

    The Extended Benefit program is triggered on and off by the health of Tennessee’s unemployment rate. The trigger rate is based on a “look-back” provision of three years.

  • Employers save time, paper with state’s new E-Response system

    Employers can now respond electronically to requests for separation information regarding a claimant’s reason for separation when filing a claim for unemployment insurance.

    Through the new State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) E-Response, employers can exchange quality information quickly with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, resulting in a more accurate claims-filing process.

  • Jackson a STAR with Roane State program

    The advisory board for Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center recently presented a Skilled Teacher Ambassador Resource award to Connie Jackson with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    The award was presented on behalf of the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEd), headquartered at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.

    Edmonds Community College provides advice and expertise to AMTEC, Roane State’s no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed.

  • With a song in their hearts

     

    “Are you ready for noise?”

    That’s the question Midtown Elementary School music teacher and choir conductor Beth Trescher posed before a recent rehearsal.

    Children — more than 20 of them — poured in the door just before 4 p.m., excitedly chattering and ready to sing.

    “They’re a lively group,” Trescher said. “And it really has become like a little family. They’re very supportive and help each other.”

  • Road supt. candidates tout their experience

    The Roane County Tea Party hosted a candidates forum for road superintendent at the Kingston Community Center last Thursday.

    All three candidates — Jim Beason, Dennis Ferguson and Brian Mullins — attended.

    The road superintendent job pays $76,407. The hopefuls spoke about their qualifications, backgrounds and issues facing the road department.  

    “I’ve been employed with the department for 36 years,” Beason said. “I’m the foreman down there now.”

  • Kingston wants in-lieu-of-tax $$ from county

    Kingston City Council members considered a new source of revenue at an April 3 work session.

    That source: Roane County Government.

    Council members moved to place a request in the form of a letter on the April 10 council session seeking to open “a channel of communication” with Roane County Executive Ron Woody about the possibility of collecting in-lieu-of-tax payments on commercial property the county has previously obtained within city limits.

  • Airport heading to Heritage Center

    Rockwood isn’t the only Roane County community that sees economic benefits of a successful airport.

    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority announced plans recently to move forward on an airport in the Heritage Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge.

    “The Airport Authority is charged with monitoring the aviation needs of the region and we believe that it is clearly time to take the steps necessary to place a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge,” said Howard Vogel, chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.

  • Bogus bills show up at 2 businesses over recent weeks

    Rockwood police have filed at least two reports about counterfeit money being used around town in recent weeks.

    On April 3 an officer responded to the Walmart and was given three counterfeit bills — two $20s and one $10 — that were reportedly used at the store last month.

    An officer also made a report about a man passing a fake $10 bill to a carhop at the Sonic Drive-In on March 21.

    When the carhop told the man the bill was fake, the report said the man tried to get it back.