Today's News

  • Historic low state unemployment numbers remain steady in April

    For the third consecutive month, Tennessee’s preliminary statewide unemployment rate remains at its all-time low of 3.2 percent, according to data released today by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Tennessee first set its all-time low unemployment rate in February and it has remained at a seasonally adjusted 3.2 percent each month since establishing the record. Over the last 12 months, unemployment across the state dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point when compared to data from April 2018.

  • Tennessee State Parks named finalist for National Gold Medal Award

    The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, is pleased to announce Tennessee State Parks as a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

    Musco Lighting, LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for over 10 years.

    “We are honored to be among the best state park systems in the nation,” said David Salyers, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

  • SimplyBank hires new loan officer

    SimplyBank is proud to announce and welcome Ryon McKinney as a new lending officer. Ryon will work at the downtown Dayton location of SimplyBank.

    He joins the SimplyBank team from River Valley Agcredit located in Dayton. Ryon served as the agricultural loan officer and East Tennessee Relationship manager, where he served the needs of local farmers. Ryon brings lots of customer relations experience to the SimplyBank team.

  • Harton to succeed Tallent as chairman of United Community Banks Board

    United Community Banks Inc. recently announced that its Board of Directors has appointed H. Lynn Harton, Chief Executive Officer, to serve as United’s Chairman of the Board, effective May 8. 

    He succeeds Jimmy Tallent, who has served as United’s chairman since February 2015.


    The body of a Kingston native and World War II veteran has been returned to his home and will be buried in the family cemetery today.

    The remains of U.S. Army Private William Delaney arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville on Wednesday evening.

    Funeral services will be held at Young’s Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kingston at 2 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Lawnville Cemetery.

    Delaney is survived by several nephews and nieces.

  • New providers join staff of Roane County VA Clinic

    By Richard Evans

    The Roane County Community Based VA Outpatient Clinic has two new providers offering the best possible care for area veterans.

    Dr. Steven Crews and Nurse Practitioner Donna Stanton are new to the clinic with Crews being on staff for a month and Stanton about three months.

    “Both of our providers have extensive primary care experience, which we appreciate,” said Jennifer Doonis, RN.

  • School budget to include equal course offerings?

    With no new school on the horizon, the Roane County Board of Education is still looking at offering the same courses throughout its high schools.

    “To me this is our next step to making sure everybody gets an equal opportunity in this county no matter what school you’re at,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said, when the board met in regular session earlier this month.

    There is a major obstacle to implementing the plan, which the board heard at that meeting.

  • Oak Ridge offers senior driving help

    The Oak Ridge Senior Center will offer the CarFit educational program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, for anyone 50 and over.

    The free event is focused on helping drivers gain greater comfort and control in their vehicles as well as enhancing driving safety.

    CarFit is designed by the American Society of Aging, AAA, the AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    A trained CarFit volunteer will ask simple questions and complete a 13-point checklist with attendees and their vehicle.

  • Raise awareness by snapping litter picture

    Tennessee Wildlife Federation wants your litter pictures. Whether it’s in the woods, on the lake, along a river, or by the road, send the Federation your snapshots of the cans, bottles and outright trash that make our great outdoors a little less great.

    To submit photos and help raise awareness of Tennessee’s litter problem, visit tnwf.org/litter.