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  • 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.

  • Kids get up-close view of county at work

    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.

  • Testing vendor fails to deliver

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes has seen a lot during his more than four decades in education.

    Wednesday was a first, however.

    The Tennessee Department of Education announced the termination of its testing contract with Measurement Inc., along with the suspension of all state testing in grades 3-8.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Aytes said. “I took standardized tests when I was in elementary school, and I’ve been in this 41 years, and we’ve always given one.”

  • Margrave Bridge completion more than a year away

    The replacement of the Margrave Bridge should soon be underway, but don’t necessarily expect to be driving across it this summer.

    The construction is to be completed on or before June 30, 2017, said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    It’s a welcome relief to some who live in the area or regularly travel on Margrave Street, which was once a popular route to the Flour Mill Flats ballfields and a means to avoid downtown traffic on Roane Street.

  • Quick action thwarts McDonald’s blaze

    Kingston McDonald’s customers were able to enjoy their breakfast Thursday morning.

    That might not have been possible without the quick work of the Kingston Fire Department, which responded to a fire at the restaurant at 1 a.m.

    “The KFD did an awesome job to make sure we would be ready to serve customers at open,” said Tara Stockton, an area manager for McDonald’s.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said his department was dispatched after a fire alarm went off inside the restaurant.

  • Facebook posts lead to stalking charge against 62-year-old

    Facebook posts were mentioned in a stalking warrant taken out on a 62-year-old Rockwood woman earlier this month.

    Emma Jo Chambers was arrested on the warrant on April 12.

    The alleged victim, Brian Phillips, accused her of driving by his residence and job, and posting disparaging things about him on Facebook.

    “Caller thinks he has a stalker on Facebook,” a dispatch report of his March 26 911 call said. “Caller advised her name is Emma Chambers, said that everything she has posted is about him.”

  • Old Roane Street fire