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Today's News

  • DOE bus tours starting up June 4

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2012 Oak Ridge Facilities public bus tour begins June 4 and continues through Sept. 2.

    It offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    The tour continues to be a focal point for tourists visiting the area. Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted 26,000 visitors from all 50 states.  

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 13.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. June 13.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15.

  • Make a splash at Rockwood pool come May 29

    The Rockwood Community Center Pool will open May 29 for the season.

    Public swim hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Daily admission is $1.50 per person. Season passes are also available at $50 for individuals or $100 for families.

    Anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Swimming lessons will be offered in two sessions: June 11-22 and June 25-July 6.

    Lessons are $25 per session; preregistration is required at the community center.

  • Rockwood budget rejected

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts says the $6.56 million city budget he’s prepared for the upcoming fiscal year is balanced and meets all requirements of state law.
    That may be so, but it wasn’t good enough for his fellow city leaders. On Tuesday, they rejected the budget on first reading.
    “We are increasing the property tax rate by a third,” noted Rockwood City Councilman Bill Thompson about the mayor’s proposal. “I’m not ready to pass on first reading.”

  • Miller erupts over proposed job loss

    Outraged Rockwood City Administrator Jack Miller made some heated accusations at a Rockwood City Council meeting Tuesday when Rockwood Mayor James Watts broke a tie vote on whether to amend his proposed budget to include money to finance Miller’s position.
    Later that same day the council failed to pass the proposed budget, however, and a new special-called meeting has been set for Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m.

  • Bad-burger caller a no-show

    Donna Marie Nichols, a Roane County woman who gained national attention after she allegedly called 911 over a bad hamburger, was a no-show in General Sessions Court on Monday.
    Nichols, 50, was scheduled to appear on a charge of abuse of the 911 system.
    Rockwood police said Nichols called 911 twice on March 28 to complain about the hamburger she purchased from Hardee’s.       

  • Raises possible for county employees

    Raises for employees are still under consideration as the 2012-13 Roane County budget process nears an end.
    “Once we get the general fund completed, we will look and see the prospects of raises,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “We hope to be able to include some this year.”
    The next meeting of the county budget committee is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston. Woody said officials don’t anticipate a property tax rate increase.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Give me a break—wait, not that kind of break

    For a long time, a gray-and-white longhaired tabby has been as big a fixture on my ridgetop landscape as the azalea bushes in front of my living room windows.
    In fact, that’s often where you could find Pony — comfortably tucked under one of those bushes, sleeping in the shade. Otherwise, he’d be napping under the car.
    That’s where he was last Friday evening when I backed over him.
    His scream was horrible, and he ran off with his leg dangling. It was nearly 24 hours later before I finally caught him and got him to the emergency vet.

  • Krazy Camp

    Harriman High School students deal with the unfolding chaos of the musical comedy “Krazy Kamp,” in which the enrollees of a misfit boys camp find their way to an upscale, sedate girls camp. The play was presented on May 21. Mizea McDowell, playing Officer Dumm throws up his hands. Seated on the right is Logan Stewart who played Elmer Crumb.

  • McGriff says goodbye

    Retiring Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff shares a laugh with Midtown Elementary School Principal Glenna Treece at a reception for McGriff Wednesday.