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Today's News

  • Help offered Saturday on new health-care laws

    Oak Ridge Library will have an Affordable Care Act event this weekend to help people enroll in the new Exchanges and offer information on health-care reform.

    The session will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the library auditorium at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Volunteers will be available to provide information enrollment assistance for those interested in signing up for health insurance under the new Exchanges. A Spanish translator will also be available.

  • THP sobriety checks set in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint from 9 to 10 p.m. Feb. 28 at the new bridge on Hwy. 58.

    Another sobriety checkpoint, also at the new bridge, will be conducted during the week of March 16.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the THP.

  • The Garden Gate: Snow, ice good for spring, summer gardens

    Snow and ice add their own touches of beauty to a winter garden.

    We have had more snow and ice in recent weeks than we want to cope with, creating driving perils, canceled appointments and high heating bills. But as ice and snow melt, they add many nutrients to the soil. Those nutrients will help fertilize a summer garden to come.

    Harvesting ice is still a wintertime industry in some of the most northern states. There, the whine of power saws can be heard over frozen lakes, where they cut 14-inch-thick cubes of ice.

  • Bears learn too at Kingston Elementary

    Keaton Swicegood, left, and Ellie Layne talk into whisperphones as they read library books to their bears on Bring Your Bear to School day at Jennifer Raymer and Elisabeth Igou’s Kingston Elementary kindergarden classroom. 

    This week the students are learning about the letter “B” and are incorporating the bears in all subjects.
    For example Raymer explains how the students will use the bears during Math to help with counting.

  • Lady 'Cats hold off Oneida for District 4-A crown

    With the District 4-A championship on the line, Oliver Springs junior Emily Griffith was not going to let the flu keep her down, as Griffith put on a show Tuesday night in leading the Lady ’Cats to a 56-53 victory over Oneida in the District 4-A Tournament championship game at Wartburg.

    Griffith scored 25 points and dished out six assists despite being visibly tired at times in the contest.

  • More time for Leon Houston?

    The government isn’t happy that Leon Houston’s sentencing range is 10 to 16 months.

    So much so that Assistant United States Attorney David Jennings is planning to present evidence to argue why Houston deserves more time.

    “The calculated guidelines range of 10-16 months does not adequately reflect the criminal history of the defendant, nor his danger to the community,” Jennings said in a court filing last week. “Therefore, the United States will be seeking an upward departure from the guidelines range.”

  • REU breaks usage record

    TVA wasn’t the only one breaking records during the frigid cold snap last month.

    Rockwood Electric Utility also set a record at 7 a.m. on Jan. 7.

    “We had an al-time system peak,” said system engineer Bill Musrock. “We were right at 89 megawatts.”

    The previous record was 86 megawatts in 2009.

    “We have several programs we use to help keep our peaks down. Peak shaving is very valuable to us,” Musrock said.

  • Fleischmann, Wamp good with UAW loss

    Congressman Chuck Fleischmann applauded the outcome of the secret ballot election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

    So did his opponent, Weston Wamp.

    Employees there voted against being represented by the United Auto Workers.

    “I am very happy with the results of this vote,” Fleischmann said in a prepared statement. “Volkswagen has been a wonderful part of Chattanooga, and I look forward to their continued growth.

  • $500 reward offered after field damaged

    Tennessee Eagles Radio Control Club is trying to find out who has been riding a four-wheeler on its flying field, damaging the earth during the wet winter weather in recent weeks.

    There’s even a reward involved.

    Safety officer Bob Freels said club members are willing to pay $500 to someone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

    “It has taken us seven years to get the grass to grow there. We try to take care of it,” said Freels.

  • TVA wants discrimation suit dismissed

    TVA has formally asked for dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by a Knoxville man last July.

    Corey Hedrick claims he was subjected to racial bullying and sexual harassment while working as a laborer for G.UB.MK Constructors at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in 2011. G.UB.MK had a contract with TVA, the suit said.

    He claims G.UB.MK and TVA retaliated against him when he tried to protect himself from alleged bullying and harassment.