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Today's News

  • Rockwood pastor opens Tenn. Senate session

    Rockwood First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Josh Lancaster, center, recently delivered the invocation for a recent session of the Tennessee State Senate.

    Lancaster was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, right.

    The Senate starts each legislative day with a prayer before taking up the legislative calendars.

    Yager and Lancaster meet with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, left, who presides over the Senate.

  • Harriman center’s top student now an East Tennessee finalist

    Mary Elaine Wilson, Outstanding Student at Tennessee Technology Center of Harriman, has been selected as one of the East Tennessee regional finalists for the Tennessee Technology Centers Outstanding Student of the Year award.  

    As a regional finalist, Wilson will receive a Dell lap top computer and will compete in Chattanooga in April against 12 other students for Tennessee Outstanding Student of the Year.  

  • RSI employees giving away 2 scholarships

    The employee outreach committee of Restoration Services Inc., Oak Ridge, is offering two $1,000 college scholarships for the 2011 fall semester.

    Those eligible for the scholarship are upcoming college freshmen in pursuit of a science or technical degree. Community service will be considered.

    Applicants should write an essay of 250 words or less about why they are deserving, how the scholarship will benefit them, and what charities and/or causes in which they are involved.

  • Re-enactment, dinner to help abroad studies

    A historical re-enactment and barbecue dinner to raise money for Roane State Community College students participating in a study-abroad trip to Europe is planned for April 2 at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.

    All proceeds will help students with the cost of the Grand European Tour, a journey that will allow Roane State students to visit 10 countries in 20 days, including five days in Normandy, France.

    The event will include several re-enactor groups who will demonstrate camp life and military tactics from the periods that they represent.

  • Museum sets dates for summer camps

    Parents of rising fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders can get summer fun down to a science when they register their child for the American Museum of Science and Energy’s Science Explorer Camp.

    The camps will be June 6-10 and June 13-17 at the historic Freels Bend Cabin site in Oak Ridge. Campers must be at least 10 years old to participate.

  • The Village People, Ricky Skaggs on tap for ’11 Secret City Festival

    The well-known 1970s party band The Village People and country/Bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs will perform in Oak Ridge this summer as part of the Secret City Festival.

    The Village People will perform hits such as “YMCA” and “In the Navy” during their June 17 concert. Skaggs will perform on June 18.

    “Offering musicians in different genres helps the festival attract more people,” said Joye Montgomery, entertainment coordinator and head of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.

  • Tennessee a bright spot in Shariah hysteria

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Recently, I sounded an alarm about rise of Islamophobia in the United States, calling attempts in various states to pass anti-Shariah legislation an attack on religious freedom.
    That inspired a good number of irate readers to sound their own alarm about what they view as my naïve and dangerous dismissal of the threat Shariah (Islamic law) poses to the United States.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: When things are good, leave them alone!

    The Bureau of the Census has done its work and begun issuing reports on its findings as to the fluxuations in population throughout the nation.
    Insofar as Roane County is concerned our population has increased over the past decade by something over four percent (4.4%), to 54,181.

    Our sister county, Anderson, with which we share the two cities of Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge, increased a little less than one percent more (5.3%).
    And our southern neighbor, Meigs added six percent (6%).

  • Sen. Ken Yager's Week in the Legislature

    Gov. Bill Haslam presented his State of the State/Budget Address to the General Assembly outlining his proposals to deal with the state’s current budget crunch, while working towards reforming education and making our economy stronger to welcome new jobs to Tennessee. 

    The $30.2 billion balanced budget is almost $2 billion less than the current 2010-11 budget of $32 billion. 
    It contains no new taxes and maintains essential government services by focusing reductions in administrative areas to minimize any impact felt by Tennessee taxpayers.

  • Two graduate from police academy in Blount County

    Two local recruits graduated from the Blount County Sheriff's Office Basic Law Enforcement Academy on March 18.
    Lawrence Russell (Kingston Police Department) and Vianney Del Toro (Roane County Sheriff's Office) underwent 445 hours of law enforcement training during the 11-week course.
    “We're just excited about him getting done and getting his law enforcement certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said, of Del Toro.
    Russell worked his way up through the ranks with the Kingston Police Department.