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Today's News

  • THP to conduct license check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Dec. 5 on Fiske Heights Road in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Prices dropped on Rockwood paver bricks to honor area vets

    Rockwood 2000 is offering area veterans a discount on engraved paver bricks for Memory Lane, an ongoing project  in the city’s Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    The paver bricks are an excellent way to honor those who have fought for the peace and safety of this country, said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

    “All will be placed in a group in the Memory Lane,” he added.

  • Ride in antique auto a wish come true for Kingston’s Whittenbarger

    Inspired by the movie, “The Bucket List,” a Kingston woman has made a similar list of interesting things she hopes to see or do during her lifetime.

    With the help of Rex Walls of Harriman, Wendy Whittenbarger recently marked off one of the items: a ride in an antique car.

    At 40, Whittenbarger has many years ahead to realize her list, but she was eager to get started. While cerebral palsy has limited her from some things, she has an adventurous spirit and is always eager to learn and experience something new.

  • Harriman makes plans for 22nd TubaChristmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 21st annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 4 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.  

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Dec. 1 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Alyson Kate Wheeler

    Alyson Kate Wheeler turned 7 years old on Nov. 6.

    She celebrated with a Hannah Montana-themed party at Tri-City Lanes with relatives and friends.

    She is the daughter of Richard and Carla Wheeler of Kingston.

    Grandparents are R.L. Lawson of Harriman and the late Shirley Lawson and Richard and Elizabeth Wheeler of Harriman.

    Alyson has a 10-year-old brother, Noah.
     

  • League of Women Voters session set

    David Gregory, vice chancellor for the Office of Administration and Facilities Development, Tennessee Board of Regents, will be the guest speaker for Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch With the League on Dec. 7 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $6. The program starts at noon.

    Gregory will discuss ways to improve the completion rate of students at Tennessee institutions of higher learning.

  • Borrowing for buses gets alternate spin

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis has been telling constituents the county is not borrowing money to purchase school buses.

    County Executive Ron Woody said Ellis is wrong.   

    “We’re going to borrow the money,” Woody said.

    Instead of borrowing money to purchase the school buses, Woody wanted the county to ask the school system to buy the buses with money in its operating budget or fund balance.

  • Kingston betting lights on drawing retail

    Kingston city officials are aglow about the city’s latest accomplishment — a half dozen towering light clusters at the Gallaher Road exit of Interstate 40.

    Those, along with the addition of more traditional street lights along the exit, are intended to signal to businesses and, eventually, shoppers, that this is the intended site of Kingston’s future business district.

  • Harriman fire team keeps children safe in vehicles, too

    That perfectly good looking child-restraint seat that has served you for a while may be a hazard waiting to happen.

    Just ask the Harriman Fire Department. And you can, too, because it holds regular child-restraint safety checkpoints. The department works hard to make sure one of the five certified firefighters is on each shift so anyone stopping by can have their seat checked or installed.