Local News

  • Oak Ridge oversight group may be nuked

    Susan Gawarecki holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s from Lehigh University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

    Despite those lofty credentials, Gawarecki, executive director of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee, could soon find herself out of a job.

    The committee’s purpose is to ensure that communities adjacent to and downstream of the Oak Ridge Reservation are protected during cleanup and continued operation of the facilities, many of which deal with nuclear materials.

  • Kingston to hold decorating contest

    Kingston’s parks and recreation department head said community pride and beautification should start with them.

    And so, announced parks director Rick Ross, they are having a fall/Halloween decoration contest for businesses and residents in Kingston.

    The department will do the judging and will award the winners with a yard sign proclaiming their winning status.

    Business and resident will be separate categories.

    Anyone who would like to be judged should call them at 376-9476 by Oct. 21.

  • Rockwood looks at administrator hopefuls

    Three of the four people who interviewed for the Rockwood city administrator position have a Rockwood connection.

    The position, originally the city recorder position under the recently retired Jim Hines, has been vacant only a short while.

  • Remembering fallen officers
  • Making Roane County a less-bumpier place
  • Fall shows a flair for the brilliant
  • Widening of Ruritan, Hwy. 70 part of talks

    A group of government officials filled a Tennessee Department of Transportation bus almost to capacity during a tour of local roadway projects.

    The Friday, Sept. 30, event, the last of the roadway project bus tours in Region 1, included the widening of state route 29A (Ruritan Road) to state route 61 (Roane Street) in Harriman and the Highway 70 widening project from Rockwood to Midtown.

    Also discussed were plans to widen Hwy. 27 through Morgan County and eventually widening the winding roadway all the way to Scott County.

  • Engineer: Failure of ash dike ‘powerful’

    Special to Roane Newsapers

    The catastrophic dike failure that sent an ocean of toxic ash onto land around the Kingston Fossil Plant may have been long in building up but was sudden in its fury, an engineer testified last week.

    “That failure was so dramatically powerful that it didn’t shear off at the bottom of dike C,” William Walton testified on Thursday. “It went 10, maybe 15 into the foundation of dike C.”

  • Could artists cooperative be in Harriman’s future?

    A local painter believes Harriman, with its fresh focus on the arts, may be a perfect location for an artist cooperative.

    Pam Fowler thinks it could go over well in the downtown area, where city leaders hope the renovation of the Princess Theater as a regional arts and education center will trigger greater revitalization. Fowler hopes other artists will agree.

  • Going shopping at Teachers Supply Closet