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  • Last summer’s excessive heat leads to disaster declaration

    Roane County is among 14 Tennessee counties designated natural disasters for agriculture as a result of drought and excessive heat in 2011.

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the designation last week at the request of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    Other counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Fentress, Haywood, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Scott and Wilson.  

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  • TVA’s board shrinks by three people

    TVA has filed a disclosure statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to note the terms of three members of the TVA board of directors — Dennis Bottorff, Mike Duncan and Thomas Gilliland — have expired following the adjournment of the first session of the 112th Congress.

  • Woman’s Oak Ridge job was part of much larger mission

    It has taken Jewell Davis decades to understand that her clerical job as a young woman was part of a world-changing event.
    Then Jewell Brummett, Davis was hired on as a typist to help recruit workers at the newly created community of Oak Ridge. The work there led to the creation of the atom bomb, a weapon that brought about the end of World War II when it was dropped on Japan.
    “We knew nothing about the bomb until it fell in 1945, and I had been working there two years,” Davis said.

  • Republicans split Roane district

    The days of Roane County belonging to a single Tennessee House district appear over.
    A portion of the county will join House District 31, primarily in Rhea County, under a Republican-led redistricting plan unveiled by state legislators Wednesday.
    “That really is an injustice for Roane County to be put in that position,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts, a Democrat. “I’m very disappointed in it.”
    The situation also puts Roane County in the situation of not having a resident state representative.

  • 13-year-old top firefighter for Blair VFD

    Ty Sather is just 13, but he already has his eye on a career.
    “I’ve been interested in firefighting pretty much my whole life,” he said.
    It looks as though Ty is on the right path. He was chosen 2011 firefighter of the year for the Blair Volunteer Fire Department.
    “It’s amazing, this young man is as sharp as he is,” Blair Chief Clarence Nelson said.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Laureate finds reasons to like January

    If there’s anything to like about the starkness of January, it’s returning to normal after all of the excesses of the holidays.
    Don’t get me wrong — I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas and their emphasis on people, food and fun.
    And while I generally keep my New Year’s Eve celebrating on the quieter side, I enjoy bringing in a new calendar year, too.
    By the time New Year’s Day has arrived, I am ready to return to simpler, healthy eating and focus my attention on the needs of everyday life.

  • Apartment fire over pizza place

    One of the apartments above Mama Mia’s Restaurant & Pizzeria caught fire on Dec. 30.
    Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said no one was inside apartment No. 5 at the time of the fire.
    The resident had gone to work, he said. 
    “The fire started around the wall heating and air unit,” Gordon said. “No other residents had to be moved, and the business wasn’t damaged. It was due to the quick response.”

  • Unused shelter not a bad thing

    No one took advantage of a shelter for stranded motorists that was opened at Roane State Community College Monday night, but officials with the American Red Cross weren’t disappointed.
    “We never look at it as that’s too bad,” said Louie Keeling, mass care manager for the Red Cross. “We look at it as, well, that’s great that they didn’t need us.”
    The area was hit with a brief snow spell on Monday. Keeling said a series of accidents on Interstate 40 prompted the opening of the shelter.