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Today's News

  • Kingston may act on one-hour parking around courthouse

    By Mike Gibson
    Parking around the Roane County Courthouse may be limited to one hour by Kingston City Council on Tuesday.

    Last week, the council placed an ordinance on the March 13 agenda to change all parking around the courthouse to one-hour parking.

    The ordinance is in answer to complaints from business owners, courthouse visitors and law enforcement alike over current parking rules.

    Presently, parking in the area is a hodgepodge ranging from 15-minute spots to non-regulated.

  • Woman flees to avoid arrest

    Geneva Ann Sargent was arrested March 1 at her 102 Harrison Lane home in Ten Mile after evading arrest on active warrants.

    Sargent, 26, “took off running into the woods behind the trailer” with 45-year-old Kelvin Ray Sargent after seeing Officer Brandon Smith, according to a report from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “I pursued both suspects on foot through the woods and caught both of them on Woodlawn Drive,” the report said.

  • Arrests: Feb. 24-March 1, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 24 — Ronnie Lee Davidson, 30, 305 Walnut Grove Road, Kingston: theft. Bond $2,000; court date Feb. 27.

    • Timothy Adam Dopel, 25, 214 Pine Ridge Road, Clinton: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date April 11.

    • Terry Lee Dotson, 62, 472 Poplar Springs Road, Kingston: domestic assault. Bond $5,000; court date April 16.

  • Kids help hungry, support cure for Alzheimer’s

    The children and staff of The Henry Center collected more than 200 pounds of canned goods in November and December to donate to a Roane County family and area food banks.

    The Southeastern Conference recognized University of Tennessee women’s basketball Coach Pat Summitt in January for her fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. To participate in this special event, the children of The Henry Center sang “Rocky Top” and finished it off with a round of “We Back Pat” cheers.

     

     

  • 'Round Rockwood: March 12

    By Josephine McKinney, Community correspondent
    We were happy that the tornado that hit so many places in Tennessee, that we here in Rockwood only had wind and rain.

    When the storm warning came, there was a knock on my door. “Come quick,” the aide said, “a tornado is headed our way.” And out the door I went — so did everybody in our building. We  headed for the safety of the large underground room.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 12

    By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
    First Baptist Church Youth Choir, St. Mary’s  Baptist Gospel Choir, Braxton’s Chapel Church Choir, Speight Chapel Choir, True Light Baptist Church Choir and Philippi Baptist Church Choir sang with anointing  of the Holy Spirit  last Sunday evening at Anointed Praise and Worship Church, along with special singing by their youth choir.

    This was a great service. Mary Alice Douglas presided over this service. All who went to this service left feeling overly blessed.

  • Three appointed to OR environmental board

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has appointed three new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.

    The new members will fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE about its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The board has 20 members.

    The new members — Jacqueline Hagy, Corkie Staley and Robert Stansfield — were introduced during the board’s February meeting.

  • ID system takes in more than 60,000 shipments since ’09

    The Radio Frequency Identification Transportation System Project has supported more than 60,000 waste shipments and more than 10,000 clean-fill shipments from the East Tennessee Technology Park to the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility since becoming operational in March 2009.

    The system has demonstrated that the concept for electronically tracked shipments of hazardous materials is a viable concept in supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s waste operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • ORNL tank sent offsite for disposal

    Tank W-1A, an underground liquid waste storage tank at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been shipped off site for disposal, completing a process that began when the tank was removed from service after it was discovered it was leaking.

    The tank and contaminated soil together were the single biggest source of groundwater contamination at ORNL.
    URS-CH2M Oak Ridge excavated and removed the tank on Jan. 6.

    The tank was packaged and sent to Philotechnics and Impact Services at the East Tennessee Technology Park for size reduction.

  • Workshops to focus on gov’t work, franchises

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce are offering a couple of free workshops for area business owners.

    The March 14 workshop on government contracting will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    A workshop on franchising will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 in the Oak Ridge Chamber.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.