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Today's News

  • Whooping cranes take flight

    Nine juvenile whooping cranes on their first ultralight-led migration south will now be taken to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama in the next few days.
    The nine whooping cranes will be loaded up in travel enclosures onto vehicles as soon as possible, driven about 70 miles from Winston County, Ala., to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. They will be placed in a secure pen, equipped with identification bands and tracking transmitters, then later released in the company of other whooping cranes that have been wintering there.

  • Kingston adds new vehicle to fleet

    The latest addition to the Kingston Fire Department vehicles will allow personnel to access areas that were formerly impossible to access to evacuate victims of accidents and health emergencies. 
    The cart-like ATV will be especially valuable during local events such as the July 4th celebrations, triathlons and races and daily for residents who use the walking trails. 
    The purchase was funded by employee bake sales, chili luncheons, road blocks and donations from local businesses and friends.
    No taxpayer dollars were used.

  • League in search of Roane observers for commission meetings

    Oak Ridge League of Women Voters is in need of volunteers to serve as observers at meetings of the Roane County Commission.

    The ability to listen and take notes is all that’s required for this integral member of the League’s Observer Corps, which is aimed at making more hands — and ears — for a more transparent government.

    Contact Jo Ann Garrett, Observer Corps coordinator, at 865-483-4466 to sign up.

  • OR park status to be reviewed

    The latest about the emerging Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be presented during the Feb. 9 meeting of Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    Colin D. Colverson, an attorney from the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Operation’s Office of the Chief Counsel, will discuss progress of the park at the session, which will start at 7 p.m. in Wildcat Den of Midtown Community Center/ORHPA Building at Oak Ridge Turnpike and Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

  • Jacob Nathaniel Clark

    Jacob Nathaniel Clark celebrated his first birthday on Jan. 30.

    He celebrated with his father Shawn, his stepmother Susie, his brother Jonathan Clark, and other relatives and friends.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Scherenschnitte was experiencing a revival in the craft world. Pat Mynatt taught a class for Kingston and another for Harriman Community Education. Literally translated the German word scherenschnitte means “scissor cutting or snipping,” the cutting of paper into decorations. The art of paper cutting is such an old and widely crafted form that it is hard to put a beginning date to it.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Flowers a welcome sight from dreary winter

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In some parts of the world the holidays are not yet over.

    The Chinese celebrate the New Year according to the lunar year which is based on the waxing and waning of the moon.

    Because the moon cycles take about 354 days rather than 365 days, the Chinese New Year’s Day occurs somewhere between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20 at the inception of the second new moon after Dec. 22, the winter solstice.

  • Pro2Serve largest United Way corporate donor

    Professional Project Services Inc. — or Pro2Serve — is once again the largest corporate contributor to the Roane County United Way’s annual fundraising campaign.

    Pro2Serve’s 2012 corporate campaign contribution of $22,756 matched employee contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

    When combined with $2,371.93 raised by employees through special events that included a taco bar and chili cookoff, $51,883.93 was contributed to Roane County United Way by Pro2Serve and its employees.

  • ‘American Celebration’ honors heroes in uniform

    Roane Choral Society will present “An American Celebration” at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 in the theater on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    “Come help us celebrate our great country in a musical tribute to our men and women in uniform,” said Julianne Bailey, a member of the Roane Choral Society.

    “Enjoy patriotic readings and songs such as ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ ‘For Spacious Skies’ and ‘Armed Forces Salute.’”

  • GUEST OPINION: Consider freedom during planning for conventions

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    As the 2012 presidential primary season reaches full speed, let’s pause on the politics for a moment and look ahead to the national Republican and Democratic conventions with the First Amendment in mind.

    Republicans will meet the week of Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

    Democrats huddle the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.