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Today's News

  • Jobless rate at record low

    From staff reports

    Accelerating job growth across the state is pushing Roane County unemployment to a record low.

    The 3.4 percent rate calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for May marks the lowest recorded unemployment rate in Roane County history, according to officials with the Tennessee Governor’s Office.

    That marks a drop of 2.3 percent from last June’s recorded rate of 5.7 percent. The 3.4 percent rate means there were only 770 people not working in a labor force of 22,800 people.

  • Houses most affordable in Roane

    Locals don’t have to look far to find the most affordable place in the country to purchase a home. They live in it, according to a report released last month.

    The report was conducted by ATTOM Data Solutions, and Roane County is at the top of the list in terms of lowest share of annualized wages (10.1 percent) to buy a median-priced home.

    “This is out of the 464 counties we analyzed for the report,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of communications for ATTOM.

  • City unites to help veteran

    The Rockwood community is rallying to make sure one of the city’s veterans has a safe place that will welcome his beloved dog.

    John Geary keeps to himself, but he and his dog Lexie are a familiar sight to people in Rockwood.

    The loyal pooch follows her shy master everywhere, waiting patiently outside area businesses until he comes out.

    People began recently discussing the condemnation of his 407 Molyneux St. home, which has fallen into disrepair, and fears he’d end up on the street.

  • Police, deputies nab Ohio escapee

    An Ohio man wanted for escape was arrested in Rockwood on July 7.

    Officers with the Rockwood Police Department and deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office found Ian Daniel Taylor at 430 Tedder St. According to an incident report, police received a tip he was there.

    “He was wanted in Van Wert County, Ohio, for an indictment on a charge of escape, felony of the third degree,” the report said. “Dispatch did verify full extradition.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Want officials to listen? Speak up

    Not everyone can run for office and become an elected official. It usually takes a lot of time and sometimes a lot of money.

    That doesn’t mean that average folks can’t participate in their local government. Probably the easiest way to make your voice heard is to show up at meetings and workshops of the city and county government.

    Over the years that I’ve covered these local government meetings I’ve always been dismayed at how few people take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these meetings.

  • GOING with the FLO: Our monuments serve as reminders of our heritage

    By FLO CHARLES

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    First, I want to congratulate Gerald Largen for all the years he has been keeping us abreast of the events in our county and nation. He has been very faithful to use his talents to open our eyes about important activities and citizens around our county, as well as showing honor to those faithful older citizens and the newer generation.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Just a little consistency mightn’t offend Emerson

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

  • Senior bowlers keep high scores rollin’

    July 7, 2017

    1st High Game------ Carolyn McGill, Ken Altes--431

    2nd High Game----Elke Hansard, Roger Golliher-----445

    3rd High Game ----Carolyn McGill, Ken Altes--450

    High Scores today—Carolyn McGill-205,202 games, Barry McGill-202 game, Roy Deforest-224 game, Dean Griffin-,223 game, Rick Matthews-212, 212, 203 games, 627 series, Earl Powell-202 game

    High Series today---- Carolyn McGill, Ken Altes---1275

    High Series For July------- Sherry Deforest, Roy Deforest---1281

  • Harriman can’t keep momentum going

    After the Harriman Blue Devils had a dramatic come from behind victory over Lewis County in the first round of the AA Dixie Youth State Tournament.

    Harriman took on the defending state runners up in Springfield in game number two for the AA Devils .

    Harriman held Springfield to two runs in the top of the first inning with a chance to make some noise in the bottom of the first inning.

    Harriman was able to pick up one run with Cam Best crossing home from a RBI from Ryan Wilkins to bring the score to 2-1 with Harriman trailing.

  • Roane teams can’t get out of pool play in State Tournament

    The Harriman A All Stars went to battle against White House in their third game of the Dixie Youth State Tournament.

    Harriman was able to score 2 runs in the bottom half of the first inning after holding White House scoreless in the first inning. Braylon Payne and Brady Bridges both crossed home for the Devils to make the score 2-0.

    White House was able to make up the two runs in the top of the second to make the score 2-2 with Harriman having a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the second.