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  • ORION to meet on June 5

    Projects that connect the public to the natural world, especially the heavens, will be discussed at the upcoming ORION astronomy club meeting.
    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. June 5 in the Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.
    Bearden Council of Neighborhoods President Terry Faulkner will join Tennessee State Parks naturalist Michael E. Hodge and ranger Monique Hodge for the program, that will include efforts toward designating Frozen Head and Pickett State Parks as Tennessee's first Dark Sky Parks.

  • OUT TO LUNCH: ’Tis the season for tastebud-tempting Tellico Village eateries

    Today’s article highlights two experiences in Tellico Village.
    From Roane County, we traveled east on Interstate 40 and exited on Hwy. 421, going through Lenoir City. After crossing Fort Loudoun Dam, we hung a right on Hwy. 444 going toward Tellico Village.
    My wife, Carol, and I enjoyed an “Out To Lunch” visit last August at the Tellico Village Yacht Club.
    When you get on Hwy. 444 (Tellico Parkway), go about 6.5 miles and turn left, going to the Yacht Club at 100 Sequoyah Road.

  • Down on the farm

    All Roane County third graders experience farm life at Roane State Expo Center last month.

  • Lane changes

    The sound of balls crashing into pins and the chatter of friends and rivals fills the air at Tri-City Lanes in Midtown.
    “Who are you going to find down here?” said Allen Slaughter, who works at Tri-City. “Doctors, lawyers, school teachers, you name it.”
    “We are just one big extended happy family because everyone gets so close to each other,” said Loretta Carrington. She recently participated in the coffee league, one of the leagues that have been around since the bowling leagues started in 1964.

  • Harriman site on Superfund

    The Clinch River Corp. site, once a paper mill on the Emory River in Harriman, has been named to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    That means federal help with cleaning up hazardous wastes left behind.
    The site had been recommended previously, but not officially placed on the list.
    An EPA news release said Superfund is a federal program “that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.”

  • Probation violators fill jail

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week he isn’t ready to soften his stance on probation violators.
    The Roane County Jail faces the prospect of decertification due to overcrowding. Many people are in jail for violating probation.
    “A lot of it is they’re testing positive on drug tests, or they’re picking up new charges,” Johnson said. “That just goes to show why those folks need to be in there longer if they’re not conforming to the rules and re-offending.” 

  • Ash spill meeting scheduled

    TVA, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, will hold a public meeting on progress of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project and long-term monitoring plans.
    The meeting will be Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the auditorium of Roane County High School in Building B on the school’s Spring Street side.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Doing a little reassessing of my own

    Life can be humbling.
    I’d been in “a mood” since late last week, when I received a notice from the property assessor’s office increasing the assessed value of my modest — at best — 1950s ranch house by more than $20,000.
    They said the house I paid about $94,000 less than a decade ago was now worth nearly $145,000.
    You’d howl about this if you could see my house.

  • Midtown annexation IS possible

    The state senate bill that created an annexation moratorium does not necessarily protect all of Midtown’s Hwy. 70 corridor from Harriman’s reach after all.
    Instead, the bill’s moratorium against any city extending its corporate limits by annexation ordinance from April 1, 2013, to May 1, 2014, only extends to property used primarily for residential or agricultural purposes.
    It says nothing about commercial properties.
    Also, the citizen voting requirement for annexation is a no-go.

  • Jim Henry officially DCS director

    Forget the interim part: After a short stint filling in, Kingston’s Jim Henry is now the commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services.
    Gov. Bill Haslam announced the full appointment Tuesday to the beleagured department.
    Henry, the first commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, had also been serving as interim director of DCS since February’s resignation of former DCS commissioner Kate O’Day.