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Today's News

  • Tennesseans paying 12 cents more at the pump

    Tennessee motorists saw pump prices jump more than a dime last week.

    Both the national and state average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 12 cents in seven days.

    “Gas prices increased due to a series of refinery issues in the Midwest and a rise in crude oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA, The Auto Club Group.

    “Gasoline and oil prices quickly rose mid-week, but stabilized through the weekend.”

  • Yager TN911’s Legislator of the Year

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been named 2014’s Legislator of the Year by TN911, an association of emergency communications districts across Tennessee.

    John Stuermer, the organization’s 2014 president, presented the award.

    “On behalf of TN911 and the folks who work in emergency communications across this state, we want to recognize Sen. [and] State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager for his commitment to improving the 911 system in Tennessee,” Stuermer said.

  • ‘The Breastplate’ author to speak at DAR event

    Author Shirley McCracken will be the guest speaker for a Southwest Point Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution free public event later this month.

    McCracken, author of “The Breastplate: A Civil War Adventure,” will discuss how a Civil War relic inspired her to write what is described as a Christian fiction tale of danger, intrigue and romance.

    The event begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in Kingston Church of Christ’s fellowship building.

  • Don’t forget about Presidents Day health fair

    A blood lab is only one of the many screening services to be provided during Luminary United Methodist Church’s annual free community health fair on Feb. 16.

    The lab and several physicians and medical specialists will provide free screening services from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Call the church at 376-7040 to schedule a free bone density scan appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Healthy breasts save lives

    Roane County is one of the top three counties in a 16-county area with the highest incidences of breast cancer, a Tennessee Department of Health study reported in 2013.

    That’s why the Roane County Health Department and Roane County United Way are teaming up to serve as Ambassadors for the Susan G. Komen Knoxville breast cancer awareness and education program.

    The study, Cancer in Tennessee, determined that 4,363 new breast cancer cases are annually diagnosed in Tennessee.

  • Controlled burns now underway near old K-25 Site

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office is initiating a series of controlled burns of grassland areas on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The controlled burns are for prescribed burning at East Tennessee Technology Park (former K-25 Site) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory through April.

    Weather permitting, controlled burns will take place at:

    • West Borrow kudzu infestation, approximately 6 acres southeast of the Technology Park.

  • Give blood, help the area’s hungry

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is partnering with MEDIC Regional Blood Center this month to help feed those who are hungry.

    When blood donors opt out of receiving a T-shirt during blood drives through Feb. 28, Medic will donate the money saved to Second Harvest.

    Each shirt declined will provide eight meals to the hungry in East Tennessee.

  • Auto crashes affect one in three drivers

    Too many Americans report that they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three have a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash, according to the AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index.

    The results further indicate that unsafe behaviors persist — even though one in five drivers have themselves been involved in a serious crash, and one in 10 has been seriously injured in a crash.

  • OR heritage group to mark center’s 70th anniversary

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its meeting site — Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road — during its next meeting at noon Feb. 13.

    A sandwich lunch at 11:30 a.m. will be available at a cost of $6.

  • GUEST OPINION: Experts give 2014 a barely passing grade of C-minus

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    For the second straight year, a group of academic experts who were asked to evaluate Congress’s performance gave the institution a barely passing grade of C-minus.

    “This is a dismal assessment,” said Indiana University political scientist Edward G. Carmines, director of Research for the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

    The C-minus grade for 2014 is the same mediocre mark the institution earned in 2013.