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Today's News

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Folks here at the office work hard to get information to you.
    They also know they’re more than welcome to share a lighter moment when we push past a deadline and put another issue to bed.
    We call it “decompression time.”
    It’s when we take a healthy breath and step back from our deadline-driven lives.
    It is in those moments that we remember we’re fellow sojourners along life’s highway.
    Banter ranges across many subjects and disciplines.

  • Gypsum-selling efforts still a no-go at Kingston Fossil Plant

    Ponds aren’t always the final resting place for gypsum produced at TVA’s coal-fired power plants.
    John Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products, said the gypsum produced at the Cumberland Fossil Plant is sold and used to make wallboard.
    “Here at Kingston, it’s being pumped out to this big pond,” Kammeyer said.
    That was before the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond.
    A leak was discovered in the pond on Dec. 15.

  • White Christmas to be followed by warmup

    Roane Countians got to revel in a white Christmas on Saturday — even if it was only for a while.
    Snow fell across the county.
    David Hotz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, said the amounts varied throughout East Tennessee.  
    “Roane County, I think, was more between like 1 to 2 inches,” he said. “I think maybe the southern part of Roane County picked up a little bit more than that. If you go down to Chattanooga, they had more like between 4 and 6 inches.”

  • Hopes of Harriman run with Channel 15

    Channel 15, Harriman’s new government access channel has the capabilities to put on quite a production.
    Bill Landry, known for his narration and other roles with “The Heartland Series,” said the station has the same level of equipment as some professional outfits.
    “This is as good equipment as (Knoxville’s) Channel 10 has; it just doesn’t have as much,” Landry said.

  • Free beginning bridge class for seniors offered in OR

    Oak Ridge Senior Center is kicking off the new year by offering a free beginning bridge class for senior citizens.

    The eight-week class will start on Jan. 5 in Oak Ridge Senior Center at 728 Emory Valley Road.

    The class will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday.

    Seniors of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.

    A general knowledge of how to play other card games is required.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 29

    25 Years Ago
    Operation REACH collected $5,693, its largest amount to date. That amount allowed 130 children to buy Christmas presents for their families. Each child had a $50 budget. (In 2010, the REACH goal was $125,000 to help 500 children.)

    10 Years Ago
    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department purchased about $15,000 worth of new equipment for children who play at Kingston City Park. The new equipment, designed primarily for 5- to 8-year-olds, will replace equipment that was becoming a safety concern.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Minzi A. Thomas, speeding Jan. 23. Dismissed April 23, cost to defendant.

    Minzi A. Thomas, financial responsibility Jan. 23. Dismissed April 23, cost to state. Ruling: proof of insurance.

    Robert H. Lyons, speeding Jan. 29. Guilty as charged April 23, convicted.

    Michelle R. Clark, violation of driver license Feb. 12. Dismissed April 23, cost to state. Ruling: address change.

  • Climate change to be focus at Lunch With the League

    T.J. Blasing of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will discuss “Climate Change: Its Ethical and Economic Issues” during the next Lunch with the League on Jan. 4.  

    Oak Ridge League of Women Voters has the twice-monthly event in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $6.

    The program starts at noon.

  • Tax incentive changes aimed at distribution center

    Officials are optimistic about Roane County’s chances of landing a new distribution industry at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The County Commission approved a package of incentives at the Dec. 13 meeting.

    Officials said the industry made a counter offer, which caused the resolution about the incentives to be amended.

    “They said if we do that, they would recommend our site to their board,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • New phase of work on old courthouse work begins

    Plaster, wood and dust fill the second floor of the historic Roane County courthouse.

    The sound of power tools and construction workers adding steps at the foot of a door reverberate through the chilly air of what used to be the courtroom, as the Roane County Heritage Commission kicks off its second phase of renovation after multiple delays.