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Today's News

  • Samples gets prison for bank robbery

    U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced Bryan Scott Samples to 14 years in federal prison last week for robbing a Knoxville credit union. The Kingston resident must pay $3,130 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release when he gets out of prison.

    Samples robbed the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Hwy. on Jan. 23. He was arrested the following day and pleaded guilty in the case in March.

  • GUEST OPINION: Some thoughts to make the president better

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

    The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

    The president is now the chief — and sometimes the sole — actor in American government.

  • Check out this once in a blue moon sky July 31

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial in 2016, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a rare event on July 31 that will feature the blue moon gracing the night sky and giving visitors their last chance to observe this celestial phenomenon for nearly three years.

    The free evening program will begin at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking area at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10 p.m.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Food’s mad delicious at Euchee Marina’s Mad Moose Grille

    “You’ve got a new restaurant to write about at Euchee Marina,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told me at a recent gathering.

    “I believe it’s called The Mad Moose Grille.”

    This attractive location at Euchee Marina has been the home of four of my previous “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    It offers a unique setting, with 180-degree views of beautiful Watts Bar Lake, from the indoor dining room and outdoor patio seating.

  • Crete Roane’s top 2015 industry

    Crete Carrier Corp. has been recognized as Roane County’s 2015 Industry of the Year.

    The award is given annually by the Roane County Industrial Development Board, which also presented Sound Aviation its 2015 Roane Beautification Award.

    Industry of the Year is presented to an industry for providing outstanding leadership in Roane County.

    Crete Carrier Corp., one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the country, is in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in East Roane County.

  • Treadway a Star at Victorian Square

    Rose Treadway was recently named Victorian Square Assisted Living’s Quarterly Star.

    Treadway has been employed with the Rockwood facility since June 2010.

    “She has proven to be a dedicated and talented employee within the Dietary Department,” said Saundra Bandy, Victorian Square spokeswoman.

    Bandy said Treadway was recognized by her co-workers for this honor for her fun-loving nature, exceeding expectations and working in cooperation with other departments.

  • Gov’t contract strategies to be workshop topic

    A free workshop on government contracts will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    It will cover challenges and potential pitfalls, as well as help companies navigate and leverage strategic alliances to rely on them more effectively to win government contracts.

    Contact 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org, or visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc to register.

  • City & County Meetings

    MONDAY, JULY 27
    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    TUESDAY, JULY 28
    • Harriman City Court will convene at 5 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Harriman City Council will meet in regular work-shop session at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: War, slavery, & Emancipation Proclamation

    Gentle reader; as promised, we will continue and conclude what we began last week.

    You will recall in that column, entitled “What did Emancipation Proclamation really do?”, we began a discussion of the inaccuracy of the claim that the Civil War was fought to preserve slavery.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community.

    It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.