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Today's News

  • Yager sponsors bridge repair grant legislation

    Legislation that would return millions of dollars to taxpayers in the form of bridge infrastructure improvements was approved last week by the Tennessee Senate Transportation Committee.

    The County Bridge Relief Act of 2014, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, changes the way Tennessee manages its State Aid Bridge Grant Program to make it easier for communities to access state funds to upgrade, repair and rehabilitate bridges that have fallen into disrepair over the years.

  • TVA completes retaining wall at Kingston

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has achieved a significant milestone in its cleanup of the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant – the completion of an earthquake-resistant, underground retaining wall around the containment cell at the recovery site.

    The wall, which completely surrounds the 240-acre containment cell where recovered ash will be permanently stored, was completed on Feb. 20, almost a month ahead of schedule.

  • Ross in running for Miss Junior Teen

    Hannah Ross of Harriman is among those selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Junior Pre-Teen Knoxville/Chattanooga competition on March 16.

    A student at Roane County High School, Kingston, she is the daughter of Rusty and Angelia Ross.

    Grandparents are the late Bob and Betty Ross, and Keith and Paulette Ooten of Clinton.

    Ross took part in interview sessions with the pageant coordinator.

    The competition is open to ages 7-19 competing in modeling routines, including casual and formal wear.

  • Eastin Cade Sackett

    Eastin Cade Sackett was born at 1:52 a.m.

    Feb. 26 in Tennova Health Care Turkey Creek Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

    He is the son of Austin Trevor Sackett and Sabrina Taylor Stanley.

    Grandparents are Tammy and Todd Jones of Knoxville, Richard and Janiece Sackett of Lenoir City, and Sabrina “Denise” and Charles Stanley of Kingston.

  • Maggie Rose Richardson

    Maggie Rose Richardson celebrated her sixth birthday on March 8 with a Hello Kitty-themed party.

    She is the daughter of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of North Carolina.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.

  • Payton Madox ‘Max’ Richardson

    Payton Madox “Max” Richardson celebrated his eighth birthday on March 8 with a Disney Pixar Cars-themed party.

    He is the son of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of North Carolina.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.

  • Register now for museum’s Science Explorer Camp

    Science field explorations, hands-on activities and a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be offered during this year’s American Museum of Science and Energy’s Science Explorer Camp.

    The camp, in two June sessions, is for rising fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders.

    The Science Explorer Camp, at Freels Bend Cabin in Oak Ridge, will be from 8 to 3:30 p.m. June 9-13 and June 16-20.

    Cost for a one-week camp session is $175 for the general public and $150 for American Museum of Science and Energy members.

  • Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

    The Henry Center’s 4- to 5-year-old class recently celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a number of activities, including donning the ever-familiar ears from the book “Horton Hears a Who!”

    Class members are, front row from left, Jacob Dingus, Audrey Boles, Emorie Barton, Amanda Woody, Jessica Pugh, Landon Stafford; and back row, Brody Johnson, Lucas Shore, Tom Evans, Ridley Scalf and Daylan Habib.

  • Blood drive March 21 in Harriman

    Medic Regional Blood Center is one of many area organizations eager to say goodbye to the cold doldrums of winter and welcome the warmth of spring.

    “This winter has been brutal, and we have been playing catch up because of all the drives we have had to cancel due to inclement weather,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    The area blood provider is hoping that warmer weather will bring a renewed interest on behalf of blood donors.

    “We hope that this new season we see an upswing in our collections,” Fightmaster said.

  • Arrests: Nov. 21-Dec. 4, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 21 — Harley Steven Brown, 23, 165 Branham Hollow Road, Ten Mile: violation of probation (after-trial mittimus). No bond listed; court date Nov. 18.

    • Tracy Michelle Gibson, 47, 1904 Natchez St., Knoxville; driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date Jan. 27.