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Today's News

  • Kingston to look at beer laws

    Kingston City Council members are thinking about beer.

    Not necessarily a beer — a tall, frosty one, a tasty libation after a long day of local legislating. But rather, beer ordinances. And more specifically, where one can buy said beverage with respect to schools, churches and other civic institutions.

    At a recent session, council members considered the city’s beer ordinance, which requires retail beer sellers to be at least 250 feet, lot line to lot line, from schools, churches, hospitals and certain other institutions.

  • DOE to test warning sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested May 2 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Medic experiencing critical blood shortage

    Medic Regional Blood Center is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is struggling to meet the needs of 27 hospitals in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky.

    “Collections have been low for us and the need from our area hospitals have been on the rise, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations. “We are operating on a one-day supply of blood.”

    Donors in Roane County have a number of opportunities to do their part. Blood drives will be:

  • Harriman Happenings: April 30

    Visiting the Early Morning Coffee bunch last Monday was Carl Farmer. We study the Bible at 10 a.m. each Monday at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. The Rev. Jesse Williams is the instructor. Everyone is welcome.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Charles Salon, who recently passed away in Oak Ridge Methodist hospital. He was a dear friend of Herbert Griffin, and both were members of the Masonic Lodge.

  • 'Round Rockwood: April 30

    When we — my twin sister, Margaret Ramsey, and I  — were little, we had a pet hen.

    Miss Hen had her leg almost amputated when my father was mowing and didn’t see Miss Hen hiding in the tall grass. He mowed so close it almost cut off her leg.

    He got off his mower and took her to the house, into the kitchen, where Mama had a table. He held her down while Mama put a bandage on her injured leg and she could walk.

    She could even talk in her hen language.

  • Roane’s job figures still looking good

    Statistics released late last week indicate that Roane County’s employment situation continues to look better.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports the county’s March unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

    That means 25,620 workers in the county’s 27,700 labor force were employed last month.

    Those numbers are also better than the same period last year, when Roane County recorded a jobless rate at 7.9 percent.

  • UCOR on luncheon program

    Tony Fountain of URS/CH2MHill Oak Ridge, LLC, will be the guest speaker during the next East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association monthly membership luncheon.

    Fountain will discuss UCOR and the East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly K-25 Plant) during the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. May 2 in Double Tree Hotel, Oak Ridge.

    Lunch is $15 for members; those who are not members of the organization pay $20 each.

    RSVP by contacting Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 no later than 10 a.m. May 1.

  • ACE helps area companies grow

    Roane State Community College’s new Advanced Composites Employment accelerator is more than a training program.

    The grant-funded program also teaches companies, including small businesses, how they can utilize breakthroughs in the composites industry to grow and create jobs.

    “It’s an economic development opportunity with a training component to it,” ACE director Mike Farmer said during the recent kickoff meeting for the program at Tech 20/20. “That’s the purpose of what we are doing.”

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Archer’s brings Memphis-style barbecue to Farragut

    When my longtime friend, Nick Drewry, suggested Archer’s BBQ for an “Out to Lunch” visit, I had to ask where it was.

    Nick lives in Farragut, where you’ll find Archer’s. He’s the former publisher of the Roane County News, and a member of my Kingston First Baptist Sunday school class.

  • Opening grand for Peoples Home Equity