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Today's News

  • Outdoors-Woman Field Day set for Saturday

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Field Day on Saturday, June 16 in Knoxville at the John Sevier Hunter Education Facility.

  • Cherokee captures SMMSS titles

    For the first time ever both the boys Cherokee varsity (A team) and junior varsity (B team) soccer teams recently played in and won the finals of  the Smoky Mountain Middle School Soccer (SMMSS) Tournament. 

  • Tribunal backs Kirkham in Woods unemployment case

    The day before J.T. Woods committed suicide outside the home of Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham, a hearing regarding his unemployment benefits was held in Knoxville. An appeals tribunal determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.
    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released records in the case on Monday.
    Woods was a former employee of Kirkham’s, and at the time of his suicide on May 31, a candidate against her in the property assessor’s race.

  • Y-12 poles get recycled at state forest

    Maintenance Support and Utilities Management personnel at the Y-12 National Security Complex have taken steps to make sure old utility poles aren’t sent to the landfill.
    “We tried to donate them to area organizations, but Y-12 didn’t have the equipment to transport the poles on Tennessee highways,” said Daniel Diden, a planner and estimator in Y-12’s Maintenance Support organization. Neither did these organizations.

  • Y-12 complex honored for workplace safety

    The Y-12 National Security Complex now flies the VPP Star flag after a ceremony held Tuesday morning, June 5.
    The flag signifies Y-12's recent achievement of DOE-VPP Star status, a significant safety and health validation, and it will fly over the site's New Hope Center.
    Issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, the DOE Voluntary Protection Plan flag was presented to Y-12 by Dan Hoag, NNSA acting site manager.

  • OUT TO LUNCH: Market House opens with quality, tasty fare

    Previous readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles may remember that I help arrange lunches for our Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee so that I can also mention our former classmates members in my articles.


    Today’s’ adventure is in a location, 80 East Tennessee Avenue, that was a Texaco Gas Station when our committee members grew up in Oak Ridge.  It has also been the previous site of the Blue Hound Restaurant and Jackson Square Bistro.

  • Y-12 honored on workplace safety, health

    The Y-12 National Security Complex now flies the VPP Star flag after a ceremony held Tuesday morning, June 5.
    The flag signifies Y-12's recent achievement of DOE-VPP Star status, a significant safety and health validation, and it will fly over the site's New Hope Center.

    Issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, the DOE Voluntary Protection Plan flag was presented to Y-12 by Dan Hoag, NNSA acting site manager.

  • Assessor’s ex appeals reappraisal

    Business partners Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan may have to give up some proprietary information in the fight to have their 2010 property appraisals lowered. During a status conference at the Roane County Courthouse last Thursday, attorney Robert Lee said he wants to see any lease agreements on the properties that Kirkham and Duncan are appealing.

  • Ex director, Woody listed in lawsuit

    Sonya Brooks and Karen Human didn’t go quietly when they got laid-off from the Roane County Ambulance Department in January 2011.

    They showed up at the following month’s County Commission meeting, and Human had some strong comments about then ambulance director Gloria Wright.

    Over a year later Brooks and Human are still sore with some people for losing their jobs.

    The two are suing Wright, County Executive Ron Woody and Roane County Government in Circuit Court.

  • Armored truck joins sheriff fleet

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is better equipped to deal with a high risk situation thanks to the addition of an armored truck.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the security firm WSI Oak Ridge donated the vehicle to the sheriff’s office last week.
    “We’re grateful to have it,” he said.

    Unlike a patrol car, the used Ford F350 truck is supposed to withstand bullets. Phillips said it’s outfitted with armor plates and bullet-proof glass.