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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Civilogues unite! We can make a difference

    A lot of colorful linguistic hybrids — portanteaus, if we must get technical about these accordion phrases — have emerged in recent times. Some that have been difficult to escape are:

    • Staycation: Vacationing close to home because travel is expensive in tough economic times.

    • Frenemy: A friend, partner or ally who is also a competitor or rival.

    • Brangelina: I don’t even want to go there on this one.

    I came across a new hybrid recently that I have readily embraced: civilogue.

  • Rockwood police find pipe bombs in home

    A Rockwood man is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court next month on bomb-making charges.

    Brian Bashaw, 45, was arrested on Aug. 8 after police went to his home at 324 S. Chamberlain Ave. to serve him with a vandalism warrant.

    There, police said, they discovered five pipe bombs.

  • Officials take steps to fix stairs

    The courthouse steps aren’t always the easiest to get up and down.
    Slips and falls have happened from time to time.
    Officials recognize the danger, which is why they plan to have the steps remodeled.  

    “It’s going to be over Labor Day weekend because they need the extra time for the courthouse to be closed to complete this project,” said Roane County safety officer Scott Stout. “They basically will be taking off all the tile, reforming the steps.”

  • Terrier helps avert tragedy

    When Rebecca Northern took a dive into her pool to cool off a couple weeks ago, it was very nearly her last act.

    What saved her life was a 10-pound fuzzy fireball.

    The Kingston woman had been working in the sunroom on one of those dog days in August.

    Done with her tasks, she only meant to swim a few refreshing laps in the inground pool at her parents’ home on Alma Lane.

  • Red Door Antiquities open in downtown Harriman
  • Electrical codes meeting set

    National Electrical Code requirements and grounding clarification will be covered during a free electrical codes meeting in Crossville.
    The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT Aug. 26 at Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville. Reservations are not required.
    This meeting is for electricians, inspectors, contractors, builders, students, homeowners and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technicians and installers.
    Call the center at 931-484-7502 for more information.

  • Courses to cater to administrative pros

    Oak Ridge Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and Roane State Community College have put together a fall schedule for certified professional secretary and certified administrative professional certification program review classes.  
    Office Systems and Technology will be from Aug. 24-Sept. 14.
    Office Administration will be from Sept. 21-Oct. 7, and Management will be from Oct. 14-Nov. 4.
    All classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.  

  • Union, Bechtel agree to contract

    Members of the United Steel Workers Local 9-288 have ratified a new two-year pact with Bechtel Jacobs Co. LLC for work being performed at East Tennessee Technology Park.
    The agreement will allow Bechtel Jacobs to complete the remaining scope of work in its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
    It also ensures that an agreement is in place when a new DOE environmental management contractor takes over in July 2011.

  • Water project, 2 towers part of recent Y-12 work

    A critical improvement to the operations of the Y-12 National Security Complex has come online with this summer’s startup of a new potable water system.
    The project includes two prominent, 220-foot-tall water towers and more than a mile-and-a-half of newly installed water lines.
    “The project has allowed us to improve our water supply system and also to make essential repairs to the distribution system throughout Y-12,” said Melissa Blair, B&W Y-12 project manager.

  • Video contest helps teens think about saving money

    Teens are gadget masterminds, but just how skilled are they with managing their money?
    That’s the riddle that fuels Lights, Camera, Save! — a unique contest designed to encourage young people to use the power of video to communicate the value and understanding of saving.
    Citizens First Bank is among about 200 banks nationwide participating in Lights, Camera, Save!
    It is one of several components of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save program.