Today's News

  • Upcoming workshops aim to help small businesses succeed

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering free workshops this week to help small businesses in the area succeed.

    All workshops will be in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The first, Employers vs. Contractors, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25.

    Jeff Ginsburg, director of human resources at Oak Ridge’s LeGacy Resource Corp., will discuss differences between a W2 employee or 1099 contractor, as well as the legalities and costs involved for a business.

  • Road dept. retirees to be honored at luncheon

    Roane County Highway Department will honor five retiring employees during a luncheon celebration from noon to 3 p.m. June 27 at the Highway Department at 3072 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his staff will honor retirees Larry Alford, Judy Bensey, Joe Britton, Donna Patterson and Ronnie Turpin.

    A special tribute will be paid to the memory
    of Charles Norman, a former road superintendent who died March 24.
    The band Outta the Blue will take the stage at noon.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Cook making plays at ESPN

    Some people seemed destined for a certain career.

  • Harriman’s Brown wins on Lake Cherokee

    Harriman’s Matt Brown recently won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division co-angler tournament on Lake Cherokee.

  • Anglers gear up for event on Chickamauga

    The Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Chickamauga presented by Chevy will visit the Dayton, Tenn., area June 27-30 for the sixth and final regular-season tournament of its 18th season. Hosted by the City of Dayton, the tournament will feature the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.

  • Alpha House: Jail to joy

    Inspired by jail ministry, a cheery Oliver Springs house offers a second chance to women who have been part of the criminal justice system.

    Four women at a time are allowed in the six-month Alpha House program. Most have drug addictions and have come from broken families and abuse.
    “It has completely turned me around,” said Missy King. “It has shown me all the energy and effort I put into staying high I can put all that energy and effort into doing something good.”

  • Regions Bank dispute continues

    Dr. Clary Foote purchased the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman for $280,500 in January 2012. It’s now appraised at $3.633 million.
    “That’s the value that we feel confident about,” Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said.
    Foote disagrees with the value.
    “All of downtown Harriman wouldn’t be worth that much,” he said.

    The building has been the subject of some controversy, involving the assessor’s office before.

  • Wandering baby pulled from tracks

    A Rockwood mother and father have been charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after their 2-year-old son was reportedly seen playing on some railroad tracks.
    Rahab Jaramillo, 25, and Jonathan White, 30, were arrested on Monday.
    The child’s grandmother reportedly told police, “The parents need parenting class.”
    “Both parents ... were upstairs in the residence and not watching the child, allowing him to play unattended on the tracks,” Rockwood police officer Josh Coffey said in the arrest warrant.

  • School drug policy approved by board

    A revised policy on drug testing for student athletes was approved on second reading at Tuesday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
    The revision removes the opt-out clause and subjects all student athletes to random drug testing during a sport season.
    “Does this policy have in it where we test all kids before each season?” Mike “Brillo” Miller asked.
    “No,” Wade McCullough responded. “This is still providing only random testing.”

  • Kingston property tax rate stays put

    Kingston City Council members passed a budget for 2013-14 with little fanfare at a special-called meeting this week, leaving the property tax rate unchanged from last year, but approving a 5-percent increase in city sewer and water rates.
    The Monday session included the mandatory public hearing prior to the budget’s second reading; the measure passed without opposition.
    The vote itself was quick, with little discussion.