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Today's News

  • Rockwood ends days of free pilot lighting

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas customers won’t be able to get their pilots lit for free anymore.

    Last year, from Sept. 20 until Oct. 29, the utility inspected and lit pilot lights at no charge, but the board approved raising that to a $15 fee from Sept. 19 to Oct. 21 this year.

    The remaining pilot-lighting fees are the same as the previous year.
    They are $25 from Oct. 21 through Nov. 24 and $40 from Nov. 23 onward.

  • Roane man convicted in old Illinois murder

    STAFF REPORTS
    A former Roane County man was convicted in an Illinois murder case last week.
    Robert  “Bobby” Bostic was on trial for the 1982 murder of Carlton Richmond.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, it took a jury three hours to find Bostic guilty.
    It took nearly three decades just to arrest him.

  • Fundraising effort could help hungry in Roane

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee’s Space to Erase Hunger will make it easier for the agency to feed people in its 18-county region that includes Roane.

    Second Harvest is relocating to a bigger facility next July, and it is raising money to develop the newly acquired Knoxville building into a suitable food bank facility.

    Teri Lux, in charge of corporate relations for Second Harvest, said the agency still needs $1.5 million for freezers in the new facility.

  • Rockwood water tank a source of leaks

    Rockwood’s water loss continues to be a problem, despite the identification of at least one problematic source.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Manager Kim Ramsey told the board recently that her crews have determined that a water tank is behind a large percentage of their loss.

    Repairs of the Roane County Industrial Park tank, however, are taking longer than expected because the issue was more complicated than first believed.

  • Meltdown for watchdog group?

    Employees not getting paid. Board members not happy with the setup of the organization and the executive director accusing members of undermining her behind the scenes.

    This is some of the turmoil facing the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committe

    The committee was established in 1991 to represent the communities affected most directly by Department of Energy activities in Oak Ridge. The organization is governed by officials from the different communities.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 7

    25 Years Ago
    The Harriman City Board of Education approved a dress code for Harriman Middle School that mirrored the high school’s with one exception: shorts just above the knee would be allowed. Hats, sunglasses, vulgar T-shirts and mini-skirts without tights would not be allowed.

    10 Years Ago

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested today, Sept. 7, 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.

  • Regional emergency management forum to focus on changes after 9/11 tragedies

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office will host the 10th annual Oak Ridge Regional Emergency Management Forum on Sept 8.

    This year’s theme is “Ten Years After 9/11: Changes in America.”

    Activities will begin at 8 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

    The DOE at Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency collaborated to sponsor this year’s forum in the Y-12 New Hope Center, Oak Ridge.  

  • Ladd-Narramore

    P.J. Ladd and Blake Narramore announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston. A reception will follow in The Lion & Lamb Banquet Hall at Whitestone.

    Invitations will be sent to selected individuals to join the couple on their special day.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Melissa Stout of Kingston, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Letner of Harriman and Claude Ladd of Knoxville.

  • Strunk-Easter

    Janet Langley Settle and Richard Settle Jr. of Abingdon, Va., and Kenneth Ray Strunk of Huntsville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Dr. Sarah Rae Strunk of Boston, to Nickolas Paul Easter also of Boston.

    He is the son of Gwen Loy Easter of Maryville and Dennis Edward and Denise Easter of Harriman.

    An October wedding is planned in Abingdon.