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Today's News

  • Stroll by the lake

     

    An American coot strolls along the waterfront in Kingston, presumably looking for a handout from one of the feed dispensers installed along the waterfront. The red-eyed bird, which generally eats vegetation, is a common sight in the water, where they can dive up to 20 feet. In spite of their vibrant red eyes and noisy nature, these birds tend to get along with other waterfowl.

  • ‘Home’ eludes hurting family

    Bridget Fritts would like nothing better than to come home.

    The former Dyllis resident, who still owns the property where her Pine Ridge Drive home burned in October 2008, rents in Oak Ridge.

    She, like so many others, has been hit by the recession, with the jobs through union Laborers Local 818 drying up.

    The divorced mother of two also has had to deal with uterine cancer and other health issues — and the loss of health insurance.

  • TVA borrows $1 billion through power bonds

    TVA has borrowed $1 billion through new 30-year global power bonds with an interest rate of 3.50 percent — the lowest rate ever on a TVA 30-year institutional bond.

    TVA was able to take advantage of a window of opportunity during a period of government fiscal negotiations and the holiday season to obtain low-cost financing.

  • Fly ash concern four years later

    Coal plants deposited more than 200 million tons of ash or scrubber sludge into ponds or landfills between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report out today from Environmental Integrity Project.  

    EIP issued the coal ash data to mark the fourth anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant fly ash spill.  

    On Dec. 22, 2008, 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry was released in the Tennessee River system when a dike ruptured.

  • GUEST OPINION: Do you have free speech in a shopping mall?

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Most Americans know that they can speak their mind in the public square, thanks to the First Amendment.

    But what about shopping malls, arguably the modern equivalent of a village green?

    Well, outside of California and New Jersey, the First Amendment’s strong protection for free expression — particularly speech involving public issues — likely won’t apply in your local mall if it’s privately owned.

  • Director Aytes reports on state of schools

    The State Report Card was released last month, so now is a good time to update our citizens on the status of Roane County Schools.  

    The report card shows academic improvement — and also shows many areas for growth.

    Our greatest improvement was in math, where we received an A in value-added scores and a B in achievement.  

    Our goal this year will be to maintain the A and improve our achievement score.  

    Our other achievement scores were an A in social studies with B’s in reading and science.  

  • Volkswagen plant to open April 1
  • Hoops galore around Roane County

    Fans of high school basketball wishing to see a lot of games this week need to go no farther than Harriman High School, Midway High School or Rockwood Middle School as all three schools will be holding holiday basketball action.

  • TVA supports school’s welding program

    Joseph Robinson, far left, TVA’s manager of Valley Relations, recently presented a $2,500 grant check to presented Mike Russell, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman welding instructor, second from left, in a presentation attended by state Sen. Ken Yager, center, Tennessee Technology Center Director Danice Turpin, and Tennessee Technology Center Assistant Director Chris Ayers.

    The funds were awarded as a grant from TVA’s Corporate Contribution Fund.

  • Seminars aim to help businesses

    The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services is planning two free seminars to help small businesses in the area.

    Paul Middlebrooks, marketing consultant for the center’s procurement technical assistance center, will present the seminars on Jan. 15 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    RSVPs are required by contacting 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

    The first seminar, from 9 a.m. to noon, is designed to introduce the business owner or manager to the diversity of government purchasing.