Today's News

  • Three appointed to OR environmental board

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has appointed three new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.

    The new members will fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE about its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The board has 20 members.

    The new members — Jacqueline Hagy, Corkie Staley and Robert Stansfield — were introduced during the board’s February meeting.

  • ID system takes in more than 60,000 shipments since ’09

    The Radio Frequency Identification Transportation System Project has supported more than 60,000 waste shipments and more than 10,000 clean-fill shipments from the East Tennessee Technology Park to the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility since becoming operational in March 2009.

    The system has demonstrated that the concept for electronically tracked shipments of hazardous materials is a viable concept in supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s waste operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • ORNL tank sent offsite for disposal

    Tank W-1A, an underground liquid waste storage tank at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been shipped off site for disposal, completing a process that began when the tank was removed from service after it was discovered it was leaking.

    The tank and contaminated soil together were the single biggest source of groundwater contamination at ORNL.
    URS-CH2M Oak Ridge excavated and removed the tank on Jan. 6.

    The tank was packaged and sent to Philotechnics and Impact Services at the East Tennessee Technology Park for size reduction.

  • Workshops to focus on gov’t work, franchises

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce are offering a couple of free workshops for area business owners.

    The March 14 workshop on government contracting will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    A workshop on franchising will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 in the Oak Ridge Chamber.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.

  • Four from Kingston named all-district

    The coaches in District 4-AA recently got together to choose their all-district teams, and the news turned out good for a total of four players from Kingston as Haley Cornellison, Makayla Cordell, Robbie Szozda and Brandon Griffis all received all-district recognition.

  • Property assessment appeals met with success

    Margaret Larson Evans purchased a piece of property in Paint Rock Farm Lake Estates for $100,000 in 2006.

    “I did it because I used to have a horse out here and knew a bunch of people in the neighborhood,” she said. “So to me it was worth $100,000 to retire here.”

    The Roane County Property Assessor’s Office caused her to have second thoughts in 2010 when appraisers valued her land at $166,400.

  • Church Calendar

    • Kingston United Methodist Church’s All 4 Kids sale will begin at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Bethel Presbyterian Church at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

    • Riggs Chapel Baptist Church, Harriman, will have its first-ever Only Believe family rally beginning at 6 p.m. in the church at 623 Riggs Chapel Road. The church’s youth drama team, with help from some of the adults, will perform skits and songs. Bruce Armes will be the guest speaker.

  • 325 take part in Kingston science fair

    Kingston Elementary School’s three-day annual science fair last month included participation by 325 students.

    Each third-, fourth- and fifth-grader participating had to propose a scientific hypothesis, write an abstract, design an experiment to test the hypothesis, keep records and present the finding in a poster session before a panel of judges.

    Kingston Rotary Club and community volunteers served on a panel of 19 judges for the three-day event.

  • Roane rewards students with positive behavior

    Roane County’s School-Wide Positive Behavior Support is a team-based, proactive approach to teaching and prevention that fosters a safe, effective learning environment and a positive social culture.

    When implemented properly, the program augments student security and success as well as increases the potential for making school a positive experience.

    In such an atmosphere, students are inspired to excel and feel excited about being in school.

  • City & County Meetings

    • Rockwood Zoning Board and Regional Planning Commission will meet in regular monthly session at 6:30 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    • Roane County Commission’s fire board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Qualls Commission Room of Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.
    • Rockwood Recreation Board will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood Community Center.