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Today's News

  • Several factors to consider before starting a business

    Owning a business is a goal for many professionals.

    Being self-employed and having final say over business decisions can give people a sense of satisfaction and professional accomplishment.

    The small business landscape continues to evolve and expand.

    The Small Business Administration says that more than 50 percent of the working population is employed in a small business.

    There are almost 30 million small businesses in the United States, with roughly 540,000 new start-ups each month.

  • RCEA hosts learning session

    Recently, the Roane County Employers Association (RCEA) was treated to an interesting and exciting session on Experiential Learning with an HR Hexbug Nano Nitro Adventure from guest speaker, Ken Stanberry.

    This special meeting, was designed to help draw out real-time new ideas and variations from attendees and help them discover new forms and tools of human resource development while the HexBug provided a fun hands-on and dynamic experience for participants which helped them each take back this unique discovery process to their own workplaces and organizations.

  • ORNL’s More elected as MSA fellow

    Karren Leslie More, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the Microscopy Society of America professional organization.

    The MSA fellowships honor those “who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis through a combination of scientific achievement and service to the scientific community and the society itself.”

  • Thunder Road festival rolls family fun into Rockwood on April 6

    From staff reports

    The annual Thunder Road Festival and Car-Bike Show returns Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Rockwood. In keeping with last year’s 150th Celebration of Rockwood, this years theme is “150 STRONG.”

  • Habitual thief stays in prison

    Larry Matthew Adkisson’s attempt to get one of his convictions overturned was unsuccessful.

    “It is hereby ordered that the petition for relief from conviction or sentence, the amended post-conviction petition, and the second amended post-conviction petition shall be dismissed,” Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks ruled in an order filed earlier this month.

  • Pair accused of scheme to forge checks

    From staff reports

    Robert Daniel Strickland, 39, of Oliver Springs, was arrested on March 21 on 24 counts of forgery and one count of failure to appear.

    In February, the Roane County grand jury returned the indictments on the forgery charges against Strickland and Shawn Helen Brown, 22, of Harriman.

  • Charity lasting legacy of cancer victim who cared

    From staff reports

    Alan Taylor, a community minded Kingston resident, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday.

    Before his passing, Taylor launched a nonprofit organization to help children in East Tennessee. Shoes for Souls helps provide shoes and backpacks filled with schools supplies for students.

    Every student is able to start school with the same materials, despite the financial status of their families.

    Taylor penned a letter shortly before his passing telling how the idea of Shoes for Souls came about.

  • Going With the Flo: Mueller report finds no conspiracy or corruption

    By Flo Charles

    Over two years (675 days) was spent in intense investigation to destroy our president. There were over 2,800 subpoenas and 500 witnesses, costing $25.2 million of our taxpayer dollars.

    Some refuse to believe the results of the Mueller report because it contradicts their ideology! Never will the wrathful left and media, who contrived this collusion conspiracy, admit wrong!

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Multi-topics: Trump & Netanyahu; women & Islam

    Gentle reader, our notes for today’s column list four possible topics about which we might write, i.e. Trump and Netanyahu’s latest lovefest, the problem with the Islamic attitude towards women, the continuing gun debate and the local director of schools effort.

  • Scott sneaks one past Blue Devils

    The Harriman Blue Devils continue to show improvement on the soccer pitch despite losing to the Scott Count Highlanders, 1-0, Friday night at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    The teams were evenly matched throughout.

    It looked like regulation was going to end at 0-0, but the Highlanders were able to sneak a goal in with three minutes left in the game.

    “They had a lucky bounce with three minutes left that won it for them,” Harriman coach Marc Cataldi said after the contest on Friday night.