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Today's News

  • 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.

  • New school policies adopted

    Attendance can no longer play a role in a student’s grades, passing of a course or promotion or retention.

    This is just one of several policy changes approved on first reading at the December meeting of the Roane County Board of Education.

    And effective beginning the spring semester, student TCAP scores for grades three through eight shall comprise 15 percent of students’ final grades in math, reading/language arts, science and social studies.

  • Gerald Largen's remarkable largess

    Santa wasn’t good to you this year?
    Well, hold on a minute — you’ve got another gift coming.
    How about 112 beautiful rural acres with about a mile and a quarter of level lakeshore, a couple of quiet coves, woods, open fields and botanical treasures both native and exotic.
    It’s yours — or soon will be.

  • Kingston vs. Harriman dispute makes way to court

    The Kingston and Harriman fight over Midtown turf may be winding down.
    Both cities’ attorneys will present their arguments  to the Tennessee Supreme Court in Knoxville on Jan. 5.
    Kingston held a successful special election allowing voters in the affected area to decide whether to join the city.
    Harriman said it had a preemptive claim to the land.
    Harriman City Council recently approved requesting the county to reconvene the urban growth committee, the name given to the committee discussing annexation.

  • Midtown territory feud puts growth talk on hold

    A legal fight between two Roane County cities could hold up other efforts to expand city boundaries.
    On Dec. 20, Roane County Executive Ron Woody received a request from the city of Harriman to reconvene the urban growth committee, which must meet to consider expansion efforts.
    Harriman and Kingston are involved in litigation over territory in Midtown after rival annexation attempts.
    The sides are scheduled to make arguments before the Tennessee Supreme Court on Jan. 5, but it could be months before the court renders a decision.