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Today's News

  • Wilson tops at tech center

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman has selected Mary Elaine Wilson as its 2010 Outstanding Student of the Year.

    Wilson competed against nine other students at the technology center for the title. She will compete this month against students from the seven other technology centers in East Tennessee in hopes of becoming one of three Eastern Regional finalists.  

  • Black history forum slated

    Black military veterans will share their World War II experiences during a Black History Month forum presented by Roane State Community College’s Social Science, Business and Education Division.

    The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the City Room at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Speakers will include Leon Holley, who served in the Pacific Theater in the Marine Corps.

    Holley worked in a supply company and was stationed on various islands such as Hawaii and Saipan.

  • Knights support Michael Dunn Center

    Knights of Columbus representatives from Father Callahan Council 8273, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harriman, present checks totaling $7,047 to the Michael Dunn Center.

    On hand for the presentation are, from left, Grand Knight Bill Copeland, Knight Joe Cochran, Michael Dunn Center Vice President and Director of Development Wade Creswell, Knights Financial Secretary Bob Capell and Michael Dunn Center board member Barbara Capell.

  • International fest slated this weekend

    The Celtic rock band Coyote Run will be featured during the all-day International Festival Feb. 19 at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    Showcasing the world’s cultures, the festival will include entertainment, food, booths, crafts and children’s activities in the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum at 461 West Outer Drive.

    Song, dance and music of the world will entertain children and adults alike at the family-friendly festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with food served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • OR sets rabies shot, microchip clinic

    The city of Oak Ridge will have a rabies shot and microchip clinic for dogs and cats on Feb. 26.

    The event will be in the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter at 395 Belgrade Road from noon to 5 p.m.

    Rabies shots are required yearly of all domestic animals in Tennessee. Microchip identification products assist in the quick and efficient return of pets to their owners.

    “City staff members are trained to scan every animal that comes into the shelter as an attempt to locate a rightful owner,” said Oak Ridge Police Sgt. Shannah Newman.

  • Book sale to benefit OR campus library

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will have its 11th annual Love Your Library used book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

    Paperback books will be on sale for $1, and hardback books will cost $2.

    Other items include audio tapes ($1), video tapes ($1), CDs ($5), magazines (50 cents) and pamphlets (10 cents).

    Checks should be written to the Roane State Foundation.

    Proceeds support the campus’s Coffey Library. Items will be on sale in the atrium in front of the library.

  • Young named Episcopal bishop for ET diocese

    The Rev. George D. Young III of Fernandina Beach, Fla., was elected on Feb. 12 as the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.  

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman is one of more than 50  churches comprising this diocese.

    Young, 55, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach, was elected on the eighth ballot out of a field of five nominees.

    He received 107 votes of 142 cast in the lay order and 59 of 84 cast in the clergy order.

  • Tri-county partnership could be more fair

    Former Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill said adding jobs was the main focus when officials were putting together the Plateau Partnership Park.

    “We never really were concerned that much about the property tax revenue,” he said. “If that’s a concern, I hope it can be addressed.”

    Hill spoke about the partnership during a forum on Tuesday at Roane State Community College.

    The partnership is an industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

  • Mechanic shop in Harriman burns

    A midnight fire destroyed a well known vehicle garage in Harriman Wednesday.

    Nobody was hurt, but Turpin Automotive’s large garage at 285 McKinney Road was left in ruins.

    Midtown Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Scarborough said his department got the call around 12:05 a.m. when a neighbor saw smoke and fire coming from the roof of the garage.

    The smoke was near the exhaust pipe for an oil heater that runs off burning motor oil.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A few thoughts in anticipation of spring

    Winter is far from gone, but the promise of spring finally is upon us.
    Every year, some of us, somewhere deep inside us, begin to have our doubts that winter will really loosen its grip.
    It takes a warm spell, a few sunny days like we are having this week, to reassure that forlorn part of our soul that the seasons are not stuck in park.
    It takes the Carolina wrens, reddish brown and handsomely speckled, showing up in pairs at the bird feeder and singing with everything they’ve got.