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Today's News

  • TNStars cited as a top savings plan

    TNStars College Savings 529 plan has been recognized as one of the top direct-sold plans in the nation.

    TNStars is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury.

    It is ranked as the No. 2 plan in the country, according to SavingForCollege.org, which recently released the top 10 direct-sold 529 plans in the nation based on one-year performance rankings as of Sept. 30.

    The achievement is particularly notable because not only is the TNStars plan is only in its third year, but it has quickly risen to the top of its class.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘Solid South’ promises painful future

    In the days of our youth, there were two expressions that one quite frequently heard, one was “The Solid South”, and the other was,” The South Will Rise Again!”

  • Obed on tap for program

    The unique Obed River gorge of the Cumberland Plateau will be discussed during a 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 program in The United Church, The Chapel on the Hill, at 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Interpretive Ranger Veronica Greear will discuss the Obed Wild and Scenic River, notable for its biodiversity, supporting a diversity of ecosystems that are unique to this river system.

    Following the presentation, the Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Visitor Center film: The Obed: Find Yourself Here award winning short movie will be shown.

  • Avery Trace DAR cites McMaster for her work

    Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Marla “Jill” McMaster for her outstanding contributions both nationally and to the Roane County community.

    The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Committee sponsors a Women in American History recognition award and encourages each to select a notable woman from its state or community to honor.

  • RSCC recipient of almost $ 1 million in training grant

    Roane State Community College is among the key organizations across the state that has been awarded funding through the Labor Education Alignment Program.

    The program is a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

    Roane State was awarded $970,000 as part of the program.

  • Williams new DAR genealogy consultant

    Connie Williams, a member of Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, recently completed requirements to become the chapter’s genealogy consultant.

    DAR genealogy consultants must complete three units of the organization’s Genealogical Education Program.

    The first unit, Introduction to Genealogy Research for DAR Applications, consists of lessons in evaluation of evidence, vital records, Census records, state and local records, federal records, family and parochial records, and DAR records.

  • Yager new to Dunn Center board

    State Sen. Ken Yager, left, is the newest member of the Michael Dunn Center board of directors.

    He is welcomed to the board by Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney, center, and Jim Pinkerton, board chairman.

  • RenFest training takes center stage

    Stage-fighting students at Pellissippi State Community College took their unique combat skills to the next level when they performed recently for the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Harriman.

    “Our stage-fighting course is unique in Tennessee,” said Charles R. Miller, the college’s theater program coordinator and a professor of liberal arts. “We have one of the top two-year theater programs in the country.”

    Students in the stage-fighting course learn the skills to perform mock combat for theatrical purposes.

  • GUEST OPINION: No lasting peace possible without religious freedom

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    On Dec. 10, 1948, the nations of the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights, an American-inspired proclamation that launched the modern human rights movement.

    Voting in the shadow of the Holocaust, religious freedom was prominent among the inalienable rights that the world agreed must be guarded for all people.

  • Y-12 aids in fuel creation for NASA long-range missions

    The Y-12 National Security Complex staff members are taking their uranium expertise to the next level — outer

    space.

    The National Nuclear Safety Administration Production Office at Y-12 struck an agreement earlier this year with

    NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to support the design of a small nuclear-powered reactor with potential to lead to small fission power reactors for future space exploration missions.