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Today's News

  • Historic demolition: Once world’s largest building under one roof, K-25 now only a memory

    While celebrations for the holiday season were underway, the U.S. Department of Energy commemorated a milestone of its own.

    Six days before Christmas, demolition of the K-25 gaseous diffusion building, the largest facility in the DOE complex at the K-25 complex in Roane County, was officially completed.

    “Today marks a tremendous accomplishment for the American people — advancing our commitment to the safe and complete cleanup of former Manhattan Project sites,” said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman at a ceremony marking the occasion.

  • Seminars aim to help area business owners

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering a couple of free workshops this month to help area business owners and entrepreneurs.

    The first seminar, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15, will help business owners learn how to do business with the government.

    A small business start-up seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

    Both seminars will be in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Out to Lunch: Jake’s, Gibson Girls among reviews of visits in 2013

    This is the first of two reviews of our 2013 “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    These are places that made a strong impression on my wife, Carol, and me as we look back on the year.

    For more about the places we visit, email me at postonplace@bellsouth.net.

    Jake’s Tavern and Grill opened last March in Rockwood on Hwy. 27 next to Fowler’s Furniture and behind Goodwill Industries.

    We invited Don and Bonita Fowler to join us.

  • Schools closed Tuesday, Jan. 7

    Dut to winter weather, Roane County Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7.

    It will be second day frigid weather has forced schools to be closed.

  • Four from Roane named TSWA all-state

     

    The 2013 fall sports season is over, but the awards continue to come in for several Roane County athletes.

    Some of the biggest awards came last week as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) announced its all-state teams in football and soccer were released. 

  • NEW JOBS IN THE NEW YEAR

    ArcelorMittal is reopening its Harriman long-product finishing facility that closed in 2011.

    One of the world’s leading steel companies on Thursday announced its goal to be fully operational by April 2014, hiring 61 employees over the next two years.

    “Working hard to bring them back, we at The Roane Alliance are very happy of ArcelorMittal’s decision,” said Darrell Williams, The Roane Alliance’s vice president of business development.

  • DA wants Smoot back behind bars

    The District Attorney General’s Office sought to revoke accused killer Shawn Smoot’s bond because of a stalking allegation levied against him in Knox County.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the motion he filed attempting to do so didn’t go anywhere.

    “We anticipated doing that, but when you have a witness who says I’m not interested in coming to testify, it’s a little hard to carry your burden of proof,” Reedy said Thursday.

  • Initial reports indicate allergic reaction killed Rockwood woman

    A Rockwood woman found dead outside her mother’s home appears to have died from an allergic reaction.

    Janice Pugh Tollett, 52, was found behind her mother’s home at 404 Tedder St. on Dec. 15.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said initial reports have indicated the allergic reaction, but it will be a few more weeks before a full autopsy, including toxicology reports, would be back.

  • Troubled tavern up for permit for the third time

    It costs $252 to apply for a beer permit in Roane County.

    Roma L. Christopher has now spent $756, and still doesn’t have a permit to show for it.

    The Roane County Beer Board wouldn’t even hear her application when she applied in June of last year.

    She tried again a month later, and the board voted 4-0 to turn her down.

    “We’re going to try one more time,” she said. “That’s the only thing I know to do.”

    Christopher is scheduled to appear before the board for a third time on Jan. 14.

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