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Today's News

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    • Tiffany Laura Edwards, 33, 536 Baumgardner Road, Rockwood: criminal conspiracy. Bond $5,000; court date Nov. 21.

    • Alicia Nicole Fitzgerald, 36, 404 Rockwood St., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation. Total bond $15,000; court date Nov. 21.

    • Donna Lee Isham, 43, 2 1/2  N. Front St., Rockwood: failure to appear. Bond $3,000; court date Nov. 7.

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Oct. 5 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • The Garden Gate: What’s the biggest berry? Read on

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Farmers’ roadside stands are piled high right now with pumpkins and squashes. Supermarkets are featuring them with pumpkins pies (which the early colonists termed “a pudding baked into crust”), pumpkin bread and plastic jack-o’-lanterns.

  • Roane again posting one of state’s lowest jobless rates

    It’s been a long summer for Roane County when it comes to unemployment figures.

    After more than a year of consistently having one of the 10 lowest jobless rates in Tennessee, the county lost that status in April.

    Four months later, Roane County has rallied and reported the state’s 10th lowest unemployment rate in August, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show Roane County’s rate at 8.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percent over July.

  • CFO to speak at luncheon

    “Breaking the Code: How the Federal Budget Process Works” will be the program topic for the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association monthly luncheon.
    Judith Penry, chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, will be the guest speaker.
    The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel. Lunch for members is $15; non-members pay $16.
    RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Oct. 4.

  • Cash Express appreciates emergency workers
  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: You’ll have trouble choosing from Picante’s vast menu

    While working on an “Out to Lunch” article at a Rockwood restaurant, Jonathan Johnson, a U.S. Food Service salesman, asked me if I knew about a new restaurant in Oliver Springs.

    “Picante Mexican Grill has just opened in the previous location of Choice’s Café,” he said. I wrote about Choice’s in October 2008.

  • Cherokee renovations celebrated
  • Tornadoes top Kingston, 36-13

    For a quarter and a half, the Kingston Yellow Jackets hung right with the perennial powerhouse Alcoa Tornadoes, but in the second half, the Tornadoes touched down on the Kingston Yellow Jackets, ripping through the Yellow Jacket defense for the 36-13 win. 

  • Late TD sinks Midway, 32-28

    By JON LEFFEW

    Roane Newspapers

    The Midway Green Wave traveled to Tellico Plains Friday night with hopes of bolstering their playoff resume and spoiling the Bears’ homecoming festivities.