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Today's News

  • 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.

  • RISING STAR

    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.

  • TVA repairing Hwy. 70 levee

    From staff reports

    The Tennessee Valley Authority will be making repairs and reinforcements to the levee along Hwy. 70 near Roane County High School.

    Heavy rains in November caused a mudslide damaging an area about 75-by-4-feet about 10 feet from the road, said TVA spokesman Scott Fielder.

    Damage to the structure is minor and poses no threat to the community. TVA inspects the levee on a weekly basis, he said.

  • McDonald’s employee gets Big Smack

    An elderly Rockwood man is accused of slugging a male employee at the McDonald’s on Gateway Avenue.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to the restaurant on Wednesday to investigate a report about a fight.

    “Once on scene I spoke to Bobby Tweed, who told me that he was overcharged on his food,” the report said.

    “He said he tried using a phone an employee gave him to call a McDonald’s home office. Mr. Tweed became very upset and loud because of the situation.”

  • Kingston Spring Street Fest coming

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department is planning a Spring Street Fest.

    The event will begin at 11 a.m. March 24 on the lawn of the old Roane County Courthouse.

    Attractions include music, a car show, vendors, food, children’s games and activities, and performances by Southern Alliance Dance Company, Zach Miles and Jubal.

    The free family- and pet-friendly event ends with the showing of the 1980s classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” at dark.

  • Chasing the Dragon
  • McElhaney up for shelter head

    Stacey McElhaney is in position to become director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    She’s been the interim director since last fall, when John Griffin was removed as director.

    “I think she’s earned her stripes to be the director,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Commission meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday. An item under special orders is requesting that Commission confirm McElhaney’s appointment.

    “I think she’s done a good job,” Woody said.

  • RIDING HIGH at the circus