Local News

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Van veers onto I-40 shoulder, smashes into TDOT vehicle

    A South Carolina man is facing charges after a Thursday morning accident on Interstate 40 that involved a Tennessee Department of Transportation warning truck. 

    It happened on the westbound side near the 353 mile marker. 

  • State wants Smoot ‘bad acts’ considered


    Prosecutors want to introduce what they call prior bad acts of Shawn Smoot during his first-degree murder trial. 

    Smoot is accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011. 

  • Smith challenges Fleischmann to debate


    Geoffery Smith, the U.S. Army veteran from Athens who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the Aug. 4 primary, is issuing another challenge.

  • Rockwood may be on trail for a Forest


    A group wants to develop the hillside in the back of Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex into trails for bikes and walking.

    Miller said he hopes Rockwood City Council will be supportive of the idea, which will be fully presented at next month’s meeting. 

  • Help for LILY


    It started with a backache last November.

    Lily Hyde, an active 8-year-old, had been playing basketball, and her back started to hurt.

  • Murder-for-hire preliminary waived

    Murder-for-hire defendant Laura Ann Buckingham waived her preliminary hearing on Friday, and had her case bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    In exchange, the District Attorney General’s Office turned over TBI and Roane County Sheriff’s Office reports along with audio and video files to her defense.

    Buckingham, 30, is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder.

    She is accused of trying to have Bradley Sutherland of Indiana killed. Sutherland is the father of her 3-year-old son.

  • Student Government Day 2016

    Wade Creswell has a good idea of what business people want in their employees, thanks to his job as president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    “They want skill sets,” he said. “They want experience. They want people who professionally are trained to do what they need done, but what they need more than anything else is dependability.”

    He said students can demonstrate their dependability to employers by doing four things.

  • Michael Dunn Center schooled on upping its brand awareness

    A chance meeting between Michael Dunn Vice President of Public Relations, Development and Quality Assurance Michaele Butler and University of Tennessee Professor Austin Lance could change how Michael Dunn Center promotes itself.

    The center on Gallaher Road partnered with UT’s business school to help increase Michael Dunn Center’s brand awareness.

    “I went to speak with the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and the professor met with me after,” Butler said.

  • Los Alamos history enthusiast to speak in OR

    Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will be the featured guest speaker at the May membership and public meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.
    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. May 3 in Midtown Community Center at 103 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    A native New Mexican, McClenahan spent 14 years in other parts of the country before returning her beloved Land of Enchantment and her husband’s hometown of Los Alamos.