Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Crump on Trump? If the shoe fits, put it on!

    Gentle reader, if you are a long-time reader, you know that we have been much concerned with the religious right, or evangelical element, and their attitude towards President Trump. Many of them seem to have reverted to the ancient concept of divine right of rulers, and believe that Mr. Trump was not only elected, but was divinely anointed, to rule over us, as was believed by royalists in centuries long gone by.

  • Honor those who preserve ET history

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites nominations from across East Tennessee for Awards of Excellence in the field of history.

    The Society annually recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions to preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history. The awards have been presented each year since 1982.

    The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation or program, such as a conference, heritage event or lecture series.

  • Free showing of ‘Sgt. York’ Sunday

    A free showing of the movie classic “Sgt. York,” starring Gary Cooper as the World War I Medal of Honor recipient from Tennessee, will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

    Michael Birdwell, professor of history at Tennessee Tech University, will provide commen-tary.

  • Man accused of hocking hot computer

    A trip to U.S. Money Shops didn’t end well for Garrett Gielissen. He was arrested there on a theft warrant.

    The theft reportedly happened at Walmart.

    On Feb. 7, Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray responded to the Walmart to speak with loss prevention officer Joey Foster.

  • Amorous teen pops in, cops called out

    A teen’s apparent attempt at romance went awry last week.

    Darrell Blain Money also startled an elderly homeowner in the process.

    According to a Rockwood police report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton was dispatched to 607 Crestview Drive, where he spoke to 83-year-old Wanda Robinson, the homeowner.

    “Wanda Robinson said she came to her house and smelled popcorn, which was odd because no one should have been there,” the report said. “She saw a white male with curly hair, a tank top shirt, shorts and no shoes in her den.”

  • TVA eyes landfill expansion

    TVA is looking to expand the footprint of a dry storage landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant and wants the public to comment on the plan.

    “Public comments are always important,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday. “In this case, they can alert us to issues we need to consider that we may not be aware of or raise general questions we should answer in the assessment.”

    According to a press release, TVA is already operating a permitted dry landfill at the fossil plant for coal ash and gypsum.

  • ORUD fundraiser helps Project SAFE

    Oak Ridge Utility District is gearing up for its annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser for orders of Valentine’s Day gifts, including selections of stuffed animals, sweet treats, flowers and/or balloons.

    Proceeds from the annual February project benefit Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties’ Project SAFE.

    Project SAFE helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.


    An Oliver Springs company launched after a successful effort to save a dying dog has gone international and received two awards in celebration of its success.

    Animal Element Equine Inc., founded by Michelle French, recently won the Rising Star award from Roane State Community College’s office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

    The company also received the Tennessee Small Business Exporter of 2017 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Staggs Roane Medical’s first DAISY

    Shelia Staggs, registered nurse and certified case manager, is the first recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Roane Medical Center.

    She was nominated by the family member of a patient who was battling a progressive disease and near the end of her life.

    The patient’s family made the trip from out of town to develop a plan of care for their loved one with Staggs’ help. She kept in close contact, providing extensive research and coordination to help ease the families’ decisions for medical treatment options.

  • Walk through Oak Ridge history

    Manhattan Project Historical National Park will present a free walk-and-talk tour through Alvin K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    The easy to moderate 1-mile walk will start at the American Museum of Science and Energy at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Discussion will focus on different lifestyles and challenges that Oak Ridge residents faced during the project. Walkers will visit some historical structures and discuss how the town has changed and how it has stayed the same in the city’s 75th anniversary.