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Today's News

  • Roane man killed in motorcycle crash in Vonore

    A 42-year-old Harriman man was killed in a Saturday morning motorcycle wreck in Monroe County.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Michael W. Hileman was headed north on State Hwy. 322 in Vonore while riding a 1997 Harley Davidson.

    “For unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the double-yellow center line and exited the left side of the roadway,” the report said.

    No other details about the accident were given.

  • Female robber sentenced

    A Roane County woman is headed to federal prison for her role in a multi-county robbery spree that occurred last September.

    Rufena Jean Bunch reached a deal with federal prosecutors in March and pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

    Her sentencing hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville last week.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan sentenced Bunch to 74 months – 50 on the aiding and abetting conviction, and 24 on the robbery conviction.

  • History Hound contest allows dogs to dig into the past

    Have a blast with your past at the East Tennessee History Fair.

    The “History Hound” dog costume contest is a feature event of the Annual East Tennessee History Fair being held on Saturday, Aug. 16.

    Bring your canine companion in his best historic costume to have him crowned History Hound.

    Local celebrities will be judging pets for “Most East Tennessee Spirit” and “Best Historic Costume.” Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville.

  • Civil War cemetery gets TVA help

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    The Kendrick Cemetery on New Hope Road sits on the edge of Watts Bar Lake, near a bank that was dissolving away.

    TVA recently took measures to remedy that, putting down a barrier of large rocks at the bank to stem erosion.

    TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said funds were allocated for the work after the agency was informed about the problem last year.

    Buddy Marsh, the man who called TVA, lives next to the cemetery on land he inherited from his family.

  • Tot drowns at birthday party on Orchard View Road

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A young girl died at a pool party at a private home Saturday afternoon.

    Officials are not releasing the the child’s name, but the incident happened during a birthday party on Orchard View Road.

    “They started cutting the birthday cake and realized the 3-year-old was missing from the group. She’d taken her ‘floaties’ off,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

  • Score not important in scrimmages

     It has been nearly nine months since Roane County’s five high schools teams have played a game that matters, but Friday evening all five teams will take a big step in preparing for the 2014 season as all will participate in their first full contact scrimmages of the fall.

  • Professionalism takes another turn in clerk race

    Professionalism has again become an issue in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk.

    “Customer service has got to be addressed,” candidate Marty Miles said during a forum last week.

    He wasn’t the only candidate who took aim at the issue.

    “I will also position this office to operate by utilizing the utmost in professionalism,” Sarah Stewart said. “From personal appearance to proper phone etiquette.”

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate continued to climb in June, when it reached almost 1 percent over May’s figures to settle at 7.2 percent.

    The trend was not uncommon statewide — according to figures released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, all 95 counties in Tennessee had increasing unemployment rates during the month.

    Roane County’s rate, however, is still significantly lower than for the same period last year. The county’s rate in June 2013 was 8.7 percent.

  • K-25 demolition work, tasks finished

    Demolition of the K-25 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park ended late last year, but that was not the end of the project.

    Many other tasks had to be accomplished before the project could be officially declared complete.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor, URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, popularly known as UCOR, has now completed those tasks safely and ahead of schedule.

  • Efforts expanded to uncover employer fraud

    The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud.

    These types of fraud include intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.”

    These practices are typically used to avoid paying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums.