Today's News

  • OUT TO LUNCH: Market House opens with quality, tasty fare

    Previous readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles may remember that I help arrange lunches for our Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee so that I can also mention our former classmates members in my articles.

    Today’s’ adventure is in a location, 80 East Tennessee Avenue, that was a Texaco Gas Station when our committee members grew up in Oak Ridge.  It has also been the previous site of the Blue Hound Restaurant and Jackson Square Bistro.

  • Y-12 honored on workplace safety, health

    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.

  • Assessor’s ex appeals reappraisal

    Business partners Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan may have to give up some proprietary information in the fight to have their 2010 property appraisals lowered. During a status conference at the Roane County Courthouse last Thursday, attorney Robert Lee said he wants to see any lease agreements on the properties that Kirkham and Duncan are appealing.

  • Ex director, Woody listed in lawsuit

    Sonya Brooks and Karen Human didn’t go quietly when they got laid-off from the Roane County Ambulance Department in January 2011.

    They showed up at the following month’s County Commission meeting, and Human had some strong comments about then ambulance director Gloria Wright.

    Over a year later Brooks and Human are still sore with some people for losing their jobs.

    The two are suing Wright, County Executive Ron Woody and Roane County Government in Circuit Court.

  • Armored truck joins sheriff fleet

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is better equipped to deal with a high risk situation thanks to the addition of an armored truck.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the security firm WSI Oak Ridge donated the vehicle to the sheriff’s office last week.
    “We’re grateful to have it,” he said.

    Unlike a patrol car, the used Ford F350 truck is supposed to withstand bullets. Phillips said it’s outfitted with armor plates and bullet-proof glass.

  • Office seekers stump at county commission mtg.

    The public is given an opportunity to speak at each Roane County Commission meeting. Most often people take the time to express grievances or concerns about things going on in the county, but sometimes it can become a platform for political hopefuls.

    That was the case in February when Kent Calfee, who is seeking the Republican nomination in House District 32, came before the commission.

    “If I’m elected, I’ll certainly be in Nashville to work for you all,” he said.

  • Harriman owned Kingston doc’s office to be leased

    It sits in Kingston, but Harriman owns a medical building it acquired after the contracts were signed to turn over Roane Medical Center operations to Covenant Health.

    Harriman officials will be deciding on a lease agreement for the facility at its meeting Tuesday. Currently Roane Medical Center Industrial Medicine is located at that building.

  • Keeping cool without the pool


    (L-R) Dakota Ratliff, Cheyenne Ratliff and Jonathan Boles enjoy the splash pad at Roane County Park last week. The splash pad is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

  • Kingston water and sewer rates to rise

    After three years of steady rates, Kingston City Council set the final reading of an ordinance raising city water and sewer rates by 5 percent for fiscal 2012-13.

    The decisive final vote will occur at the June 12 full council session. The measure setting the annual budget for the water and sewer departments for fiscal ’12-’13 and establishing rates and expenses passed on first reading at the May meeting.

  • Harriman Police eyeing suspects in burglary rash

    Harriman Police Department continues to work to solve a rash of several business burglaries over recent months.

    Businesses burglarized have primarily been located in the South Roane Street area of the city.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle updated the Harriman City Council about the burglaries at their Tuesday meeting.

    “We have made two juvenile arrests involving some of these burglaries,” Heidle said. The department is also investigating some other juveniles as well as adults on some of the other cases.