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Today's News

  • Roane jobless rate down to 7.8% in Oct.

    Roane County was among 92 Tennessee counties experiencing a decrease in its unemployment rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent over September.
    That means 26,010 of the county’s 28,220-strong labor force was employed for the month.

  • Meghabghab developer of decade

    Roane State Community College computer science professor George Meghabghab was recently named Course Developer of the Decade by the Regents Online Campus Collaborative.

    The collaborative provides comprehensive educational programs and courses through a coordinated network of colleges, universities and technology centers across the state. Roane State is part of the collaborative.

    Meghabghab developed three online computer science courses in 2001 that are still being taught through the collaborative.

  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: Ruby Tuesday’s a great place to meet good friends

    Don and Bonita Fowler asked us to join them for dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Harriman while recently in Roane County. It didn’t take my wife, Carol, and me long to change our sweat shirts for a nicer look, but we stayed with our jeans.

    Previous readers may know I worked for Fowler’s Furniture for 10 years as a buyer and advertising director.

    Although I retired four years ago, Don and I still talk on the telephone regularly.

    Carol set up the Harriman Fowler’s store and managed it for several years.

  • OSMS splits with Wartburg

    While it might not have been the most glamorous win for the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats, they managed to out-last the Wartburg Central Middle School Lady Bulldogs by a 31-27 margin Thursday evening at Oliver Springs. 

  • Tiger boys, MMS girls roll to big wins

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers ran their season record to 11-0 Thursday night following a 52-24 victory over visiting Midway.

    Rockwood wasn’t able to get the sweep, however, as Midway used a big fourth quarter to pick up a 47-27 victory over the Lady Tigers.

  • State finds falsified county invoice

    The state’s latest audit of Roane County government resulted in five causes for concern — including one with the road department severe  enough to prompt possible  criminal action.
    “We bought some fuel,” Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said. “That’s what they got us on.”
    Buying fuel wasn’t the issue. The way Hamby’s department handled it is what the state had a problem with.

  • Who are you going to vote for?

    Eight people have filed to run for two county offices in next year’s election.
    The deadline was noon Thursday.
    The race for property assessor is the most-crowded with five people in the running.
    The group includes incumbent Teresa Kirkham, Cheryl L. Laxton, David Morgan, Steven Robinette and J.T. Woods.
    Kirkham faced just one opponent — Robinette — when she ran for re-election in 2008.
    She won that race handily.
    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby has decided to not seek re-election.

  • Students give voice

    About an hour before the fifth- to 12th-grade 4-H Public Speaking Contest Tuesday, nervous students over their speeches in one of the courtrooms at the Roane County Courthouse.
    Parents tried to help.
    “I told her to look in the back over everybody’s heads and pretend they’re not there,” Beverly Harvey said she advised her daughter, Ridge View Elementary student Samantha Harvey.
    Harvey spoke on Oak Ridge and the history of the Secret City during the Manhattan Project.

  • Santa Claus coming to Roane County Courthouse

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. 
    He will be on the first floor, and all children are welcome to come by and see him and tell him what they want for Christmas. His visit is sponsored by Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Court Department.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: ’Tis the season to be busy, fa-la-lal-la-la ....

    It seems we’re all busy people, but for me, this past week has been a full-tilt blur.
    Let me summarize — if I can remember it all:
    • Monday: Three newspaper meetings (a fourth was canceled), a quick run to the dermatologist in Knoxville for a look at a sun-damaged spot on my nose and then a CASA race committee meeting after work, followed by a post-sundown walk with the yahoos (my dogs).