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Today's News

  • Roane State grant to help industry grow

    Roane State Community College has received a $1.64 million grant that will fund several initiatives designed to promote the growth of the composites industry in East Tennessee.

    The college was awarded the grant as part of President Obama’s $37 million Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a multi-agency competition to support the advancement of 20 high-growth, regional industry clusters.

    “The college is very excited to receive this grant,” Roane State President Gary Goff said.

  • Nurse of the Year

     

    Kingston’s Tracey Keathley, a registered nurse in the heart catheterization lab at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named Nurse of the Year by the Oak Ridge Chapter of Mended Hearts.

    Mended Hearts Inc. is a nationwide support organization for people with heart disease and their families.

  • Trentham credit union’s top staffer

    Jennifer Trentham was recently cited as ORNL Federal Credit Union’s 2010 Employee of the Year.

    Trentham, of Oliver Springs, is the credit union’s training manager.

    She was selected from among the four individuals chosen as Employee of the Quarter throughout the year. Trentham was also named Employee of the Fourth-Quarter.

    “She embodies the values and spirit of ORNL Federal Credit Union and consistently strives to deliver service excellence to her co-workers and credit union members,” one nomination said.

  • Former Clinch Breeder Reactor official to speak

    John Wagoner, former deputy director of Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant Project in Oak Ridge, will be the guest speaker for the Oct. 19 meeting of the Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    He will discuss a new type of nuclear reactor under development at TerraPower, LLC in Bellevue, Wash., and funded by investors without federal government financial support.

  • Fall shows a flair for the brilliant
  • Widening of Ruritan, Hwy. 70 part of talks

    A group of government officials filled a Tennessee Department of Transportation bus almost to capacity during a tour of local roadway projects.

    The Friday, Sept. 30, event, the last of the roadway project bus tours in Region 1, included the widening of state route 29A (Ruritan Road) to state route 61 (Roane Street) in Harriman and the Highway 70 widening project from Rockwood to Midtown.

    Also discussed were plans to widen Hwy. 27 through Morgan County and eventually widening the winding roadway all the way to Scott County.

  • Engineer: Failure of ash dike ‘powerful’

    By BILL MOSS
    Special to Roane Newsapers

    The catastrophic dike failure that sent an ocean of toxic ash onto land around the Kingston Fossil Plant may have been long in building up but was sudden in its fury, an engineer testified last week.

    “That failure was so dramatically powerful that it didn’t shear off at the bottom of dike C,” William Walton testified on Thursday. “It went 10, maybe 15 into the foundation of dike C.”

  • Could artists cooperative be in Harriman’s future?

    A local painter believes Harriman, with its fresh focus on the arts, may be a perfect location for an artist cooperative.

    Pam Fowler thinks it could go over well in the downtown area, where city leaders hope the renovation of the Princess Theater as a regional arts and education center will trigger greater revitalization. Fowler hopes other artists will agree.

  • Going shopping at Teachers Supply Closet
  • Bobcats pick up big win

    Oliver Springs’ playoff picture got considerably brighter Friday night as Wiley Brackett’s squad scratched and clawed their way to a hard-fought 34-28 win at Oneda.