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Today's News

  • Public warned about peanut allergin detected in paprika

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has issued a public advisory for an undeclared peanut allergen in 5-ounce containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika.

    The paprika is distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J.

    On Jan. 12, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area.

  • Hospice volunteers needed

    Caris Hospice is seeking volunteers to work with patients and families coping with a terminal illness in Roane County.

    Patient visitation and caregiver respite, administrative and special-projects volunteers are needed.

    “Please join us to share a smile or laugh, organize the office or make a gift for our patients,” said Jennifer Wilson, hospice volunteer coordinator.

    “Overwhelmingly, our volunteers report they receive blessings during this sacred time.”

  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

    Special music and messages were given during a service celebrating the spiritual legacy of the civil rights leader on the eve of his birthday.

    Rockwood church leaders under the name People for the Dream organized the event in Rockwood Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    “The whole movement was born out of the church,” said Bea Thomas, Speights Chapel AME Zion Church pastor, prior to the event.

  • Roane unemployment rate up in December

    Though Roane County’s unemployment rate ticked up 0.3 percent in December, the number was significantly lower than it was a year ago, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for December was 6.5 percent, up from November’s 6.2 percent.

    That’s a 0.8 percent difference from December 2013, when Roane County registered a 7.3 unemployment rate.

  • Covenant Health, BlueCross enter into partnership

    Covenant Health, parent company of Roane Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement that establishes a new level of collaboration between the two organizations.

    The partnership, which is centered around improving patient care, access and cost, went into effect on Jan. 1.

    “BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is only choosing one health-care partner in selected regions,” said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health.

  • Lions Club honors opticianry professor

    Paulette Bailey, right, vice district governor for Tennessee Lions Club District 12-N, presents the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Roane State Community College’s Sally Stokes, assistant professor in the college’s opticianry program.

    According to Lions Clubs International, the award “is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.”

  • Bookkeeper opens tax office in Harriman

    For more than 30 years, Jane Butler has studied the U.S. Tax Code and worked for clients as both bookkeeper and tax preparer.

    Once she became part of a national tax service, she progressed rapidly and became an area manager in less than six years.

    That led her to open her own office, Taxes Done Right, in Harriman on Jan. 17.

  • Professional group to focus on ‘Myths of Multitasking’

    East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will meet for its monthly membership luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel.

    “The Myths of Multitasking” will be the program presented by Kurt K. Weiss.

    Lunch is available for $15 for members, $22 for the general public; RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Feb. 3.

    Charges for late reservations and walk-ins will be $22.50 for members, $24 for the general public.

  • Midway boys, girls split Coalfield

    A tremendous second half comeback gave the Midway Lady Waves their 14th win out of district and 17th win overall. The Lady Waves swept the season series against Coalfield with a 63-61 win Tuesday night at Coalfield.

    The Lady Waves are now 17-8 on the season.

    The Green Waves weren’t as fortunate as the Yellow Jackets rolled to a 72-41 win. Midway fell to 4-13 with the loss.

  • Midway girls, Harriman boys lock up district titles

    It wasn’t just the District 4AA title on the line Tuesday night when Wartburg and Midway squared off, it was a chance for a first round bye in the AA Sectional tournament.

    After Wartburg put the lone loss on Midway’s regular season, the Lady Waves avenged the loss with a 58-32 victory.

    Two different players put up double figures for Midway on the night — Paige Bacon with 21 and Caitlyn Ross with 17.

    The Lady Dogs were led on the night by Malea Potter with 12.