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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Messages of hate, signs of freedom

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    Freedom of speech took a hit this week when New York City’s transit authority voted to ban all political and public-issue advertising on its buses and subways.

    A group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) sponsored the message that triggered the decision.

  • Unloading household hazardous waste
  • Roane Relay for Life
  • Harriman house fire on Carlock Ave.

    Harriman Fire Department put out a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon.

    Firefighters were paged to the 412 Carlock Ave. home at 3:22 p.m.

    “It was an accidental cooking fire caused by grease,” explained Chief Brad Goss.

    The department was able to get the fire under control in about 10 minutes. It was contained to the kitchen and where it had climbed into a portion of the attic. However, the home suffered more extensive smoke and heat damage. The residents are staying with family, according to Goss.

  • Two projects plague Kingston council

    This month, Kingston officials are likely to deal with two special projects that have been hanging over their heads for too long.

    One involves a solar panel field on city property — the second the city had planned to install in partnership with a private company.

    The other involves adding amenities — bathrooms, drinking fountains, bike racks and other extras — to the city’s Ladd Landing Greenway.

    The Kingston City Council is likely to take action on these two issues at its regular meeting on May 12.

    SOLAR FIELD

  • Oliver Springs man charged in shooting

    An Oliver Springs man shot at a vehicle and led Oak Ridge Police on a pursuit, authorities reported.

    Oak Ridge Police said that on April 29, they were called to Hendrix Creek subdivision on a report that a man, who was later identified as David Dunlap Jr., 44, Oliver Springs, was reportedly armed with a handgun and threatening to harm others.

    On the way, they were told Dunlap was at a residence in another neighborhood. While going there, officers encountered a sedan and truck traveling at a high rate of speed.

  • Schools wait for final word on budget

    Last week’s action by the Roane County Commission’s budget committee hasn’t prompted the Board of Education to move on its request for a 29-cent increase in the property tax rate yet.

    “We won’t cut it until the full commission approves it or disapproves it,” Board Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said Monday.

  • HOUSE ON THE HIGHWAY
  • TVA foundation money all gone

    Public image repair projects funded by the remaining $1 million in TVA money were approved by the Roane County Economic Development Foundation on Tuesday.

    Officials dissolved the foundation afterward.

    “I’d like to personally thank, on behalf of TVA, Roane County, Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Kingston for these past six years and the great partnership that we’ve all worked together,” TVA executive Bob Deacy said. “I think we’ve come a long way.”

  • Top student writer looks to kin for inspiration

    For Rachel Smith, writing technique and inspiration come naturally.

    She used her memories of long winding drives to Kentucky, which always made her carsick, and colorful relatives to set the scene for a short story that was the overall winner of the Roane Writer’s Group annual student writing contest this year.

    “It was actually very easy for me to write because I loosely based it on some of my mother’s family from Kentucky,” Smith said. “I guess I should say very loosely ― they definitely are not that crazy.”