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Today's News

  • Skinner invention handy to gardeners

    By Katie Hogin

    Most everyone improvises with resources at hand in order to create a convenient way of completing tasks.

    For Martin Skinner of Kingston, one of those conveniences include the Koil Kaddy, which helps him tote his coil hose while gardening.

    “Most everybody is an inventor,” 87-year-old Skinner said while displaying his patent-pending Koil Kaddy that he has worked on for nearly seven years.

  • Senior citizens picnic scheduled for Oct. 7

    Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes area seniors to the annual Roane County Senior Citizen picnic on Oct. 7.

    The picnic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2.

    “Area seniors can look forward to a day filled with good food, entertainment, bingo, door prizes, vendors and a cake walk,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior service director. “Plan to bring a side dish if you are able.”

    Call 354-0450, Ext. 227, to register or for details concerning the picnic.

  • Never too early to plan for college
  • DOE to test sirens Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Oct. 6 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 DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Harriman leader pushing to clean up paper mill site

    Harriman City Council member Buddy Holley wants something done sooner than later.

    However, he believes the cleanup of a former paper mill in the city will be delegated to the “later” category if the site is named to a National Priorities List.

    “It will delay this thing for years,” he said. “This is not going to be a high-priority NPL.”

    Holley pointed out a site where uranium had been milled as an example. He said that site went 15 years before a shovel of dirt was moved.

  • Rockwood kicks off construction
  • Rockwood may abolish water board

    Rockwood City Council has been called into special session on Tuesday to deal with the abolishment of the city’s water, sewer and natural gas board.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    The council approved an ordinance on first reading Sept. 20 that calls for the disbandment of the board that governs the three city-owned utilities. Second and final reading of that ordinance, which stipulates the board’s duties would be turned over to council, is among the business on Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

  • Out to Lunch: Pizza Factory the perfect place to break respite

    By Bethel Poston

  • Austin asks for citizenship rights back

    A corrupt Roane County judge who went to prison after pleading guilty to federal extortion charges says he has officially paid his dues.

    Now Thomas Alva Austin is looking to having his rights as a citizen restored.

    If approved, Austin would be able to vote, hold public office, handle other people’s money and enjoy every other right afforded to citizens — with the exception of the Second Amendment right to own and possess firearms.

  • ORNL boosts clean vehicles group

    As a member of the recently announced clean vehicles consortium, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is focusing on a suite of technologies to put more electric and hybrid vehicles on the road.