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  • Whooping cranes take flight

    Nine juvenile whooping cranes on their first ultralight-led migration south will now be taken to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama in the next few days.
    The nine whooping cranes will be loaded up in travel enclosures onto vehicles as soon as possible, driven about 70 miles from Winston County, Ala., to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. They will be placed in a secure pen, equipped with identification bands and tracking transmitters, then later released in the company of other whooping cranes that have been wintering there.

  • Kingston adds new vehicle to fleet

    The latest addition to the Kingston Fire Department vehicles will allow personnel to access areas that were formerly impossible to access to evacuate victims of accidents and health emergencies. 
    The cart-like ATV will be especially valuable during local events such as the July 4th celebrations, triathlons and races and daily for residents who use the walking trails. 
    The purchase was funded by employee bake sales, chili luncheons, road blocks and donations from local businesses and friends.
    No taxpayer dollars were used.

  • Roane County man’s career spans cutting-edge technology

    When Martin Skinner enlisted in the U.S. Army, he thought he would finish college before active duty.

    Instead, he quickly became part of the movement that ended World War II.

    “I came to Oak Ridge as a member of the special engineering detachment in September 1944. We were about 1,200 GIs in Oak Ridge scattered at the three major plants,” Skinner said.

    Skinner, now of Harriman, had been at Michigan State when he was called to active duty as a sophomore.

  • Roane County man’s career spans cutting-edge technology

    When Martin Skinner enlisted in the U.S. Army, he thought he would finish college before active duty.

    Instead, he quickly became part of the movement that ended World War II.

    “I came to Oak Ridge as a member of the special engineering detachment in September 1944. We were about 1,200 GIs in Oak Ridge scattered at the three major plants,” Skinner said.

    Skinner, now of Harriman, had been at Michigan State when he was called to active duty as a sophomore.

  • Street name change memorializes late RHS football coach

    One of Rockwood High School’s most influential football coaches shaped young minds — and now the community wants to show their appreciation of the late Tiger by renaming a roadway after him.

    The first reading of an ordinance to rename a one-block section of North Lenoir Avenue beside Rockwood Middle School was done last month.

    A second reading will be this month.

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  • Kirkham: Recording backs firing claim

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham produced an audio recording on Friday of a conversation she said she had with J.T. Woods.

    Kirkham said the recording is proof that she fired Woods.

    “This backs it up,” she said.

    Woods is one of four people running against Kirkham in the August election. He worked in the property assessor’s office from Sept. 21, 2008, to Nov. 15, 2010.