Today's News

  • Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit open in Oak Ridge museum

    For 14 days in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world came to a thermonuclear war.

    This historic event is detailed in a photographic timeline, Fallout Shelter and the Cold War Home dioramas with artifacts included in the “Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot” exhibition open through Sept. 3 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

  • GUEST OPINION: Reflections on the toppling of the Berlin Wall

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    Monuments to freedom and liberty generally come as things — marble statues, carved granite slabs — that are meant to last for the ages.

    But on June 12, let’s pause to remember a monument noteworthy because it no longer exists: the Berlin Wall. As we do, let’s also recall and celebrate the monumental words spoken 25 years ago that helped spur its destruction.

  • The Big Easy fights hard for newspaper

    Shortly after I wrote a column celebrating esteemed investor Warren Buffet’s purchase of a major newspaper chain, some  less heartening news about  the newspaper business followed.

    The publishers of the daily New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, announced plans to cut publication to three days a week.

    The Roane County News publishes three times a week, but it is in a small community and smaller advertising market.

    In New Orleans, readers, community leaders and even advertisers are not taking this change lying down.

  • Some epic voyages start out from Watts Bar Lake

    For some boaters, Watts Barr Lake is a popular weekend destination.

    For others, it can be a means to get somewhere else.

    Take Jim McKay of Ten Mile. He has launched his sailboat in Watts Bar and traveled all the way to Mobile Bay, Ala., on the Gulf of Mexico.

    McKay and his wife,  Cyndi, have also completed a long voyage on a route boaters know as the Great Loop.

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  • Outdoors-Woman Field Day set for Saturday

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Field Day on Saturday, June 16 in Knoxville at the John Sevier Hunter Education Facility.

  • Cherokee captures SMMSS titles

    For the first time ever both the boys Cherokee varsity (A team) and junior varsity (B team) soccer teams recently played in and won the finals of  the Smoky Mountain Middle School Soccer (SMMSS) Tournament. 

  • Tribunal backs Kirkham in Woods unemployment case

    The day before J.T. Woods committed suicide outside the home of Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham, a hearing regarding his unemployment benefits was held in Knoxville. An appeals tribunal determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.
    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released records in the case on Monday.
    Woods was a former employee of Kirkham’s, and at the time of his suicide on May 31, a candidate against her in the property assessor’s race.

  • Y-12 poles get recycled at state forest

    Maintenance Support and Utilities Management personnel at the Y-12 National Security Complex have taken steps to make sure old utility poles aren’t sent to the landfill.
    “We tried to donate them to area organizations, but Y-12 didn’t have the equipment to transport the poles on Tennessee highways,” said Daniel Diden, a planner and estimator in Y-12’s Maintenance Support organization. Neither did these organizations.

  • Y-12 complex honored for workplace safety

    The Y-12 National Security Complex now flies the VPP Star flag after a ceremony held Tuesday morning, June 5.
    The flag signifies Y-12's recent achievement of DOE-VPP Star status, a significant safety and health validation, and it will fly over the site's New Hope Center.
    Issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, the DOE Voluntary Protection Plan flag was presented to Y-12 by Dan Hoag, NNSA acting site manager.