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Today's News

  • NNSA up for support honor

    Oak Ridge’s National Nuclear Security Administration and its Office of Secure Transportation are among the 58 employers that Tennessee National Guard and Reserve members nominated for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

    The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

    Up to 15 award recipients will be announced this summer and honored at the Pentagon in September at the 19th annual Freedom Award ceremony.

  • Veterans, business startup focus of seminars

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering a couple of free workshops this month to help area business owners and entrepreneurs.

    “Veterans and Franchising: A Perfect Fit” isthe first seminar.

    The seminar, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23, will discuss misconceptions about franchising, as well as programs and incentives available to veterans.
    It is in partnership with FranNet.

    A small business start-up seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25.

  • Y-12 cited as Fit-Friendly Worksite

    For the third year, the B&W Y-12 site in Oak Ridge has been recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite.

    The Fit-Friendly Companies program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

  • OUT to LUNCH: The Cabin back on list, and the eating there is fantastic

    When the well-known Log Cabin BBQ & Restaurant at Loudon burned in August 2010, I removed it from my list of “Out to Lunch” possible places to visit.

    The location, just off Interstate 75 at 10058 Hwy. 72 heading toward Loudon, is now occupied by The Cabin Restaurant.

    It went back on my list last December, when I was told Wade Morris became owner-operator of the restaurant.

  • State suspends Butler from practicing law

    After weeks of waiting, Harriman attorney Donice Butler finally received a verdict in her disciplinary case on Friday. 

    It wasn’t the decision she wanted. 

    “Based upon these findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Hearing Panel finds that the respondent (Butler) shall be suspended from the practice of law for a period of nine months,” the panel ruled. 

    Butler said she plans to appeal the decision. 

  • Keep it simple, take the prize

     

    Robotics projects took center stage at Midway Middle School last week, when engineers in the making showed off their skills in an after-school competition.

    Three teams of students put their robotics know-how to the test by designing parts on finished remote-control projects.

    The projects were made to simulate transportation of hazardous waste.

    The winning vehicle was also the simplest and cheapest. It pushed a faux toxic barrel — a medicine-bottle-sized object.

  • Proposed trail would showcase Harriman’s floral beauty

     

    Harriman Garden Club members have a new idea to showcase the beautiful areas of historic Harriman.

    Creating Harriman spring trails would start with things like getting community members and entities like the Harriman Street Department and Harriman Utility Board, schools and clubs to pick an area to help revitalize with spring flowers, shrubs, flowering trees and bulbs.

    “I think it is a good idea. We’ll talk to (club president) Jamie Russell and see what other plans she has for it,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt. 

  • Roane to seek more equitable part in Plateau Park tax funds

    Partnerships are OK, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said, “as long as they are equal.”

    Woody doesn’t see equality when he looks at Plateau Partnership Park, an industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

    “We didn’t do a good job of negotiating, it looks like,” Woody said.

    Each county borrowed $2.5 million for the industrial park project. The land is in Cumberland and Morgan counties. None of it is in Roane County.

  • Midway makes Prom Promise

    Midway High School’s Rebecca Stokes, donning a pair of drunk goggles, runs over cones while making her way through a driving course prior to the school’s prom last week. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition put on the program to make students aware of the dangers of alcohol. Students also signed a pledge to refrain from drinking and driving and other reckless behavior on prom night.

  • Poll workers poised for pay hike

    A resolution to increase the pay for election officials is on today’s Roane County Commission agenda. 

    If approved, the officer of elections, machine operators and inspectors would have their pay increased from $90 per day to $125 per day.

    The pay for the Democratic judge and the Republican judge would increase from $110 to $145. 

    “The reason for this request is to bring Roane County’s compensation rate in line with other adjacent counties,” the resolution said.